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how to make round pen panels safe as fencing

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  • how to make round pen panels safe as fencing

    I need to make a run off my horse's stall with round pen panels while he recovers from an injury. He is not hard on fencing and will not have horses on the other side of the fence but my experience is if you don't plan for disaster it's certain to strike. I have panels with rounded edges and have seen the caps you can buy for them to keep a hoof from getting caught in the "v" created above the connector pin. Do I also need to put some kind of mesh along the bottom should he roll too close to the fence and put a leg through? What would be safe to use and how would I secure it to the panels without creating another hazard? I plan make the run 60" long using 6 10" panels, and 26' wide using using two 10' panels and a 6' gate. I am hoping to bow the shape some to make it more stable. Would it be better to use t-posts and if so, at what interval and what is the best way to secure the panels to the t-posts? I've also seen panel clamps. Does anyone recommend those?

  • #2
    For my round pen I put a t post in between each panel. I then used these stainless steel clamps to hold it all together tightly. The clamps come in various lengths.


    • Original Poster

      Oh my with my vision going and refusing reading glasses I wasn't able to see " versus '! I've been really stressed, too so didn't even realize I was typing the wrong thing! Glad you noticed, clanter!

      I once had a horse sustain a major tear in a hindquarter muscle just kicking one hind leg straight back one time in a display of dominance when I was trying him with a new turnout buddy. I watched them for the 30 minutes they were together so I know nothing else happened. After the kick out, he became progressively lame over a 10 minute period. I brought him in in time to get him into his stall before he couldn't walk. I was always thankful that I was watching the whole time, otherwise I would have tortured myself wondering what happened and what I could have done to prevent it. Then there is the friend's horse who broke her knee literally just cantering in her paddock. What a bizarre injury with your horse!

      Thanks for the comments!


      • #4
        For the bottom, I have seen people use plywood as a barrier. I don't know how long your horse will be using this set up, but the plywood should last long enough.


        • #5
          I love panels and use some for my night time paddocks - I do t-posts every 2 or 3 panels and attach the panels to t-post with a few plastic zip ties. I run a line of electric on the top rail to keep anyone from getting too pushy.

          This set up has worked well on the 2 occasions my wonderful and talented filly rolled into the fence. She loves to roll on a fence. Much easier with the panels to untangle her than the time she did it up against the wood fence....if you are really worried about injury - what about 3 or 4 lines of electric tape and t-posts? I have done that successfully for said genius filly....I do have a good solid perimeter fence.


          • #6
            60" - Sixty inches long, eh? Heh heh.
            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


            • #7
              My dry lot off the barn and lean- to area is all panels. I have one short section that is not angled so we have several T-posts for stability ( on the outside) and use wire to secure the panel to the post.

              Otherwise I just use the chains and the enclosure is stable and sturdy. It is large enough in area( i used 13 panels total) I don't worry about putting anything on the panels themselves.