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K.C. Lunde

Round Pen made of Pallets

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I will be the negative one on this. It looks really nice, however I would worry about their hooves becoming trapped between tha spaces of the boards should they kick out. Just a warning. But it does have a good look to it.

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Our round been was made with oak posts and boards. And we put the boards on the far side -- because I thought that looked better, and I didn't know better... HOWEVER, if I had to do it over, we'd do cattle panels and oak posts... That is a very economical way to create a round pen and is the basic construction of our paddocks.

 

Are those pallets treated? I like the pictures, but if they're not treated, it could be a dangerous situation......................... and it could be that some pallets are, and some are not? I don't know, but just would like to voice a little caution just in case.

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Added to which, pallets are rarely smooth. I think if I were going to be looking at a recycling project I should dismantle the pallets, plane them and use the wood, rather than do something as in the picture. I actually do not care for the look at all- it looks like someone took a load of pallets and made a pen out of them....oh, wait... :whistling

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I thought the photo was kinda’ cute (if you don’t peer at it too closely and if you can get over the idea that it was designed as a hog pen.) I don’t know if you care, but I’m dubious that a pallet pen would add much resale value to your property. Maybe you could sand and paint to make it look better? Sorry, no offense, but for my aesthetic dollar, the idea ranks right up there with making lovely flower planters out of old tires.

 

If you’re trying to get rid of pallets, they work well if you need to burn stall bedding. We throw a few down, pile on the straw/shavings, throw a few more pallets on top and light it off. As long as the pallets are dry, they crank up the fire so we don’t smoke out the entire valley.

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Oh I can think of a hundred things I would do with pallets before I would burn them- unless I had a wood burning stove, of course!

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I LOVE recyclying pallets! I take them by the truckloads! While not aesthetically pleasing to most; I like the rustic, unfinished look :) Sure, a coat of paint would make it more uniform - and in the idea of LONG term use, I would do just that. BUT, at the moment, my pallet fence is temporary, and I inspect it daily for any broken/loose boards. Of coarse there is an injury risk- but isn't there ALWAYS when it comes to horses? To date, I have used pallets to make a winter paddock, and in my stall construction - will try and attach pictures here :) Keep in mind this is all temporary, so "looks" do matter- stability and ability to keep the horses enclosed is the priority :) Although I WILL be using recycled pallets to build my barn this summer :) Just have to keep piling them up :)

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This is the new fence line I am working on for the two new rescues I've got coming this Saturday. Again, this is only a tempory winter paddock fence- but it sure does show how useful pallets can be!post-44955-0-59908900-1359421920_thumb.jpg

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My cousin (who could boil water in a beer bottle) made a goat pen and house out of pallets. Funtional, kept Carlotte and Sweety confined and they had a nice dry house.

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Pallets are a great resource -- you just need imagination. Here's a video with some great ideas...some of these could easily be adapted for horses:

 

 

I like many items built with pallets, but there's a fine line between rustic charrm and tackiness.

 

I personally would NOT paint. When left natural, they are what they are; add paint and they look cheap and jerry-rigged. If posible, I would get well-built pallets from a single source so that they are consistent in size, number of boards and wood used. One thing that can make pallet fences ugly is not having them straight and true -- if they don't line up, they just look sloppy and be an eyesore. This is also important for safety. The pallets are free, but there's a ton of work in getting good, usable results.

 

As for property values, few things related to horses will increase the perceived value, since many potential buyers have little use for them. Many people spend a great deal into their horse properties only to get little return on their investment. Not that you shouldn't create your ideal farm, but do it for yourself and your needs and don't expect to get it back.If you decide to ell,you might want to tear this down -- no harm, no foul.

 

The key is: pallet are free, and if your choice is a pallet round pen or nothing, I'd go for it. If you then decide to sell or the money becomes available for something nicer, you are out little but your time.

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I'm new to the mini world, I never would have thought of using pallets. What a great idea! I need a mini sized indoor stall for really cold nights, I think I just found the perfect way to get it done. Thanks!

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