Well, my barn is finished! Now I need to think about fencing. My little ranch is in the high mountain desert of Wyoming, which means very dry conditions, strong sun in summer, very cold in winter, and very, very windy (winds have been clocked to 130mph; 60mph in winter is common).
The common fencing of the area is barbed wire (ABSOLUTELY NOT) and high-tensile wire (which I also do not like). We have high tensile along two sides of our 76 acre piece.
What I want from fencing: Strong, horse safe, low maintenance, not ridiculously expensive. This is a retirement property so I don't want to be spending a lot of time fixing fence (or hiring someone else to do it). However, I'm not made of money so though I know a low-maintenance fence will mean higher initial costs, I do have to keep costs in mind. Initial fencing will likely break about 20 acres into two pastures.
One other thing I need to keep in mind is that my horse habitually leans/scratches on the fence - so I need to either run hotwire to discourage that, or build a super strong fence.
I'm looking at these types at the moment:
Some variety of no-climb. I'm thinking this'll be cheaper, but not sure about maintenance. I'd run a hotwire along the inside top to discourage leaning: Horse Fence - SafeGuardŽ Horse Fence - Non-Climb
A neighbor has Centaur fencing, and though it's white and dirty, it has been standing for 15 years (I'm told) and still looks good and tight - it's three (4?) wire polyvinyl fencing. Flex-Fence | Flexible Fencing by JWI Double J Fencing Products Centaur's Hot Rail Horse Fence
So, looking for experiences with the type of fences I'm considering. Are there other types of fencing I should be considering?
Appreciate any wisdom, stories or advice you can offer as I begin research on the next building project of my little dream ranch.