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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

June 2004

Ask Cherry

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- Round Pen Walls
- Round Pen Footing

  Page 2

- Catching Your Horse
- Leading

Page 3

- Age to Begin Training
- Explosive Behavior


This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you, a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.


What a great time of year! The horses have shed, the pastures are green, and the weather is ideal for training and riding our horses. I've selected some Ask Cherry topics that are geared to the season. Have a great ride!

What do you recommend for round pen walls?

Hi Cherry,

Several of my neighbors are building round pens with portable metal tubular panels. They are about 6 ft tall. Is this what you recommend for the walls of round pens? Someone also suggested wooden fence posts with woven horse fence - 6 ft tall for the walls. What is your suggestion?

Thanks in advance, Angela

 

Hi Angela:

If you are going to use metal panel round pens, yes, they should be 6 feet high. The biggest advantage with metal panels is that you can put up a round pen quickly and change the size of your pen easily. However, the panels should be heavy duty and that type is heavy and expensive.

I prefer a wooden round pen 66 feet in diameter: 10' x 8" pressure treated wooden posts set 7 1/2 feet apart with 4 wooden rails of 2" thick x 8" wide pine boards nailed on the inside. The footing is held inside with railroad ties set between each post.

Horsekeeping On A Small AcreageOnce you build a wooden pen, and it does take time, it is there for good. You can see how to build a wooden round pen like mine in Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage.

My round pens have also been pictured in these books: Making Not Breaking, Longeing and Long Lining, and Becoming an Effective Rider.

I would never use a round pen with any kind of wire fence involved in its construction - its just too dangerous for a training pen.

Take care and good luck.


Round Pen Footing

Dear Cherry,

Thank you for your web site! I got my round pen set up at the barn where I board, and have been trying to find out what type of footing and how deep to put it. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Check out Cherry Hill's site! I have not done that before, although I do have a number of your books. I am so thankful that I found the information I have been seeking.

I live in Portland, Oregon so rain here is a big consideration. I could not do a lot excavation, as the land is not mine, and I wanted to keep the expense down. Also moles have invaded the round pen area, and I am in the process of ridding them out. I was told to use castor oil, dish soap and alum, to spray it on the ground and into the holes. I hope it works. I want to get my sand in this next week. I can get river bank sand from a place not too far form me. Is one type of sand better than another? I just wanted to say how happy I was to finally find the information I have been searching for. Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Teri


Hi Teri -

Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping AlmanacBe sure you use either clean decomposed granite or masonry sand (which is washed sand with no dust or dirt it it) NOT regular fill sand which is unwashed and contains dirt. The dirt, besides being dusty when hot and dry, makes the sand footing drain poorly and also the footing will set up almost like concrete after it has been wet. Also, more weeds tend to grow in dirty sand. So, buy decomposed granite or the cleanest sand you can afford.

Good luck and good training to you!Cherry Hill


That's it for this month.

Keep your mind in the middle and the longe line straight!



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