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post #11 of 15 Old 05-27-2012, 12:23 PM
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If you don't like electric, then I'd go for wood or save up for vinyl for the arena. Vinyl is no maintenance, wood can be very high maintenance. I see a lot of folks around hear using striplings, they put the posts in the ground and go find a young cedar tree (not native to OK and a real PIA), cut it down, strip the branches and put it as the railing on the fence of the arena. Very rustic, practical and free. If you have something like that in your area it could be a very low cost alternative. If not, then maybe going to Lowes for landscape timbers, they're usually $3-4 each and would make a nice, sturdy arena fence.
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My husband went the cedar post route, we had so many in our back pasture, it looks really nice and rustic. He used three strands of braided wire. We have some of the wire mesh stuff, the bad thing is if you don't put something up along the top the horses will put their heads over and and lean down on other side to eat, it begins to look real crappy real fast.
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Why not construct your arena out of a single rail fence? If you intend to never use it as turn-out then that could be a cost effective alternative.

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My husband went the cedar post route, we had so many in our back pasture, it looks really nice and rustic. He used three strands of braided wire. We have some of the wire mesh stuff, the bad thing is if you don't put something up along the top the horses will put their heads over and and lean down on other side to eat, it begins to look real crappy real fast.
Yup..you really need to put a strand of electric on top to take care of those fence leaners
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Which option do you think is cheaper? Wood or mesh wire?
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