Portable horse corrals are great for traveling. These purportedly easy to collapse and assemble panels allow you to create a makeshift pen in the trailer, on the campsite, at the fairgrounds or at a horse show. They allow your horse to be safely enclosed, but still feel comfortable and have the room and opportunity to graze to their hearts’ content. However, portable horse corrals aren’t without their problems, of course. If you’re considering going on a trip with your horse (or horses) sometime soon and would like to use a portable horse corral for the first time, it’s a good idea to become better acquainted with some of the most common problems with these types of systems, so that you’re prepared to face them when the time comes.
1 - Poor Materials
Portable horse corral panels come in a range of materials these days, although the material doesn’t necessarily have a big impact on the price of a given system. PVC corral panels are often popular because they’re more light-weight then their steel counterparts, but horse owners report that they are much more easily broken, and aren’t necessarily any cheaper. Therefore, if you’re looking for stability and security, go ahead and make an investment in metal corral panels.
2 - Uneven Footing
Only set up your corral on even ground. Of course, it’s fine if there are some of the usual hillocks and dips in the landscape, but if the land is especially craggy or if you’re on the incline of a hill, for instance, look for another place to set up camp. When you try to install a portable horse corral on ground that is too uneven, the panels lose their stability and it’s easier for your animals to test the fence and make their escape.
3 - Difficult Transportation
The whole point of a portable horse corral is, of course, that it’s portable, and you can lug it around from place to place. For this reason, most brands provide special bags in which you can place the panels while you’re in transit. However, many consumers have reported that these bags aren’t sturdy in the long-term; be prepared for ripped seams and holes. You may want to make a preemptive strike by reinforcing the seams immediately, before you even use the bags, or by finding something similar but sturdier to transport the panels in, if not just make your own bags.
4 - Electricity
There are some electric portable horse corrals on the market. However, some fair grounds and show grounds don’t allow them to be used on their premises, so double check the regulations before you consider purchasing this type of system. Also, you should only consider this type of system if your animals are well-trained to respect electric fences.