Have old 80' x 40' Quonset barn, that we added an overhang to.
We have under that overhang an 80' x 32' area we can work horses in hand there and groom and saddle and get on to walk/trot around.
Then we have an 80' x 28' space in front, half, 40' is a 40' x 28' shed, the other half has three about 14'x 14' portable stalls with each an about 14' x 14' foot area under the shed and 54' x 14' runs outside:
We used there mostly Powder River square top panels.
Some we used also were Bobs Pipe square top panels.
For horses, square top may keep a horse that rears and paws at another horse from hanging a leg in the curve space between curvy top panels.
I only know of one horse that happened to, but we try to avoid leaving such spaces if we can now.
Our vet used to say, between horses, if using pipe, is better to have pipe that is big enough to keep them in, small enough to give if they hit it.
He saw 2" and bigger oil field pipe pens that didn't have any give and a horse hit them and was injured severely and lighter pipe, that when a horse hit them gave enough to do much less damage if at all to the horse.
Our old stallion pens were big pipe at the top and 5' V mesh below, 12' above the ground, on 8' distances from pipe post to post.
We never had a horse injured in those old pens.
Here, we want to be able to change pen shape and size as needed, so we have used portable panels every place.
Those panels come with pins on one end and connect to each other.
To attach them to the posts we wired them with a #9 wire and in the ends, we welded little pieces of small pipe to the post and dropped the pins thru them, but could have also wired them there.
I love farm life! My new project is the pitchfork chronicles website and I'm having such a blast doing it! I'm sure the techies at my web hosting site absolutely groan when I call because I am so clueless with computers!
Serigraph- I added some additional views to give you an idea of what the paddocks look like. I apologize, but I can't seem to paste the images here so you have to go to the pitchfork chronicles to view it. The pics are under the Stable and Farm section.
Last edited by mkevent; Jan. 27, 2013 at 02:37 PM.