Building a round pen has been on our list for a couple years. In fact we installed the treated wood posts 18 months ago and haven’t got any further until now. A round pen is a great place to train and work our horses, to keep them in shape and keep our little riders practiced. Its also a nice safe place for beginners to ride.
Check out the rail peelers of Tippercreek here:
We first found a patch of dead pines that were perfect for the job, long straight and almost totally clear of branches. We filled the pickup twice with 14’ poles, between 4″-8″ diameter, about 80 poles in total.
After offloading them adjacent to the pen, the rail peelers went to town. We peeled the last three feet or so on both ends, the rest could be peeled later. Using an impact drill we secured them to the posts with 6”, 8” or 10” TimberLok structural screws, which are amazing.
We still have a couple gates to build, but it was complete enough to give it a try with the horses. Its still pretty redneck, the ground is uneven, the brush hasn’t been cleared, there’s a foot of snow on one side and a foot of mud on the other; whatever.
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