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Abbe S.

Dear Debbie,

I am looking to build a stone "paddock" as a recovery paddock for horses coming off an injury. Would a small round pen be the best bet? How much would one cost? Abbe

Abbe S.

Hi Abbe,

I would first ask your veterinarian if the round pen would be the right size area for your horses' recovery (Since I do not know the extent or what the injury is). I would also be sure that using a screening or a concrete sand is suitable for your horse. Sometimes a nice grass area is softer and better for recovery. Round pens are normally 50-60'in diameter. Panels can be added or taken out to change the size. I only suggest round pens as temporary areas for horses, as round pens are made for training and temporary containment.

Additionally, please consider the gauge of steel that you choose with a round pen. The gauge determines the bending strength of the steel. I do not know if your horse can walk, or if he has problems walking, but I would recommend that you choose a heavy-duty steel. It will weigh more and be stronger than others.

Also, consider a panel with an "open leg" and wide rail spacing from ground to first rail. This will help your not to get cast on the panel. I will have our office send you pricing, and I hope that this information will help you find the best round pen for your needs. If you have more questions, feel free to email. Thank you for contacting me.

Debbie

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