Red River Arenas now offers posts for ALL it's arena systems. These posts are 2 3/8" O, 8' long 13 gauge. Red River also has developed a post clamp to connect your panels to the posts with a quick, clean and strong connection.
Arena Posts and Clamp Connectors
Why do we need posts?
The answer is something we all need to know!
No portable arena can stand up without some sort of post. It's like riding a bicycle- if you quit supporting the bike by peddling you will fall over- sorry but that is just the law of gravity- and if you stretch a long line of panels out without support, it will fall over as well.
Here are some pictures of an arena using the 16' P1416
series panels. To support the panels in the arena we have 2-3/8" post that are 13-14 gauge, 8' tall, driven into the ground approx 2'-3'. You can purchase these posts and post clamps directly from Red River Arenas.
There are two different ways that these gates were hung. The first is with overheads. These gates are going to be seeing more pressure so they needed extra support for a sturdy gate. For the arena entrance gates, a single heavy duty post was used. All pasture gate post should be hung with heavy duty pipe to prevent sagging. In these pictures, oil field pipe was used. The gate posts do require some fabrication for installation of the gates.
What do I do if I cannot hang a gate?
If you do not have fabrication experience, and do not want to hire it done, then you need walk thru gates. Walk thru gates are available in 4' thru 10' only. You cannot drive a tractor through a walk thru gate, as it will damage the gate structure. Nor can you get a running start into the arena because it will trip your horse and you will chance getting hurt. Those that do not want to install a pasture gate. but want to still have the ability to drive a tractor into the arena have been known to just open a panel in the arena and use a small walk thru the rest of the time. And never fear- even though we call them walk thru gates, you can still ride your horse through them!