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Old 11-05-2009, 10:44 AM   #1
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What does everyone use for their arena fence?

We are levelling out my riding area with our new (old) tractor this weekend, and I'm after some ideas on what to fence it with.

It will share a long side with the paddock so it needs to be good enough to hold horses in.

I was wondering if pickets with the sleeves are safe enough to use, what I was concerned about was impaling...as in will the plastic hold up if me or horsey falls on to it, or will the plastic break resulting in a horrific picket injury ??

Another option was timber posts and tape/rope, but the whole post hole digging into solid rock thing is putting me off.

Any ideas???

Oh and it doesn't need to be flash so no post and rail lol. It's my mums property so just something safe and workable really.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:50 AM   #2
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The sleeves are pretty much a square polly pipe so their very strong. I use mine for Kings paddock and have seen them collidge with his hooves from time to time when he's slipped and they've stood the test and doing fine.

I'm building a riding area shortly which is to double as a paddock aswell and it'll have the gallagher sleeves aswell.
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mmmm...what I was wondering more if there was weight directly over the top, how much weight can it take..

If that makes sense LOL

OH is an Engineer and he said he wouldn't trust them to take say 50 kg's of direct weight.

Maybe I could do self testing at home LOL

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Why not fence a larger area then teh arena, then put a PVC arena inside that - if you fall you will be away from the fence so it can just be 'normal' fencing.
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What do you mean by a PVC arena?

Also we are very limited in what we can and can't fence due to the amount of solid rock on the ground...
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For a set of 25 it costed us $250 I think it was could be more or less now. They are also supplied with caps and no sharp edges.
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i dont have an arena i have a paddock with wire fences how safe lol.

with the whole which fence is best dilema they all have issues

post and rail: well falling on thats going to hurt and probably knock you out
wire: string yourself up on it
plastic poles: possible snapping and stabbing injuries
no fence or just poles on the ground: run away horsie
pvc fencing: still something your going to hit
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:12 AM   #8
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What Himitsu means is that you 'fence' your actual riding arena with a low pvc pipe or similar held up by little blocks (you could use upturned plant pots if you like). Have a look at her avatar, you can see it just behind her horse. If you place the riding arena inside the outer fence then if you come off you'll just knock the pvc pipe over.

Both my roundyard and arena have pine posts as uprights and then wire threaded through black retic pipe which is then threaded through the uprights (hope that makes sense). If you knock the pipe with the wire through it it makes a noise so the horses tend to not knock it but if they were to go through it then it's designed to break so as not to cause injury. My arena fence is a few metres off the paddock fence that it's next to but if it was to double as both arena fence and paddock fence then I would just put an electric standoff on the paddock side.
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:18 AM   #9
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haha thanks for the explanation Rem.

mmm will have to have a look at what space we have when I get home, but I don't think that's going to be an option unfortunately.

hahaha CWAC thanks for that! I just needed every option ruined for me

Thanks guys I have a few ideas to play with now!!!
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oops wasnt ment to do that was ment to be like any option can cause injury so the easiest one might be a better option for you
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