Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I understand having to be cheap. BUT...
I would suggest that you build a small enclosure with wood. I prefer metal rail fencing, which is what I have NOW, but wood is safe and a small turnout area isn't really expensive.
If you don't put the electric up correctly it can be both dangerous and won't work. I have seen many well built electric fencing and many saggy, "accident waiting to happen" fencing, too.
Get some local advice, too. Build the rest with electric, but you should know that you need GOOD insulators, metal fence posts like the ones you see on rural properties next to an Interstate can impale a horse, so DON'T use them!, and you need to check it to make sure that it's hot. Horses can smell the electricity, and when it's right, if you touch it, it will go right through you to ground. Where I kept my horses before I found my rural property, the FO used electric and it was ALways iffy. I found my older, sane gelding one morning with a piece of electric wire, broken off and dragging from his fetlock.
I am lucky that my 5 acre property came WITH house, WITH barn, WITH outbuildings and fencing and was <$100K. My horses have 4 acres of turnout and gates, BUT they don't NEED that much room. Yours don't either. Good luck.