I'm moving in a few months and I'm taking a horse with me. My granddad has 300 acres, which is great -- the only problem is that it's all fenced with barbed wire... which gives me all kinds of nightmares. Depending on how long I stay there/keep my horses there, I'll likely be working on gradually replacing some of the fences with something safer. Until then, the horses will only get big-field privileges when I am somewhere in the vicinity to keep an eye on them (and only after I have painstakingly ensured that all of the wires are stretched taut with no drooping areas waiting to catch a leg). The rest of the time they'll get to spend in their paddocks -- which I'll have to construct.
So, what is the best type of fencing to construct a fairly secure, safe paddock on a budget? Would it be cheaper to construct a wire fence with a wood rail across the top using stuff like this: Welded Wire, 60 in. X 100 ft. - 3626499 | Tractor Supply Company... or to construct an all-wood paddock... or livestock panels? Other ideas?
I might use electric tape fencing to create larger grazing areas, but I don't think I can trust it to contain a horse in a paddock area -- once they graze it all down I think it'll be too tempting to barge through the electric tape.