I am hopefully moving to an acreage in a couple of weeks and will need to build a fence for my horses. I have researched a variety of possible fencing materials quite a bit, but wanted to know if anyone had any experience with some of the materials I am considering. I am trying to find something that will be safe for my horses, relatively easy to maintain, and reasonably priced. I live in an area that has winter for about 6-7 months a year, so the fence must be able to withstand both heat and cold. Here is what I am considering...
FlexFence - 1" strands - 2 high tensile wires covered in polymer plastic (in white). I would use four strands and possible one strand of electric wire on top if needed. How does this stand up to horses pushing on it? Does it stretch much? Does it seem to last in the weather? This is also available in 4" and 5" strands, but gets very expensive.
Polymer coated high tensile wire - this is single stranded high tensile wire covered in a 1/4" poly coating. They use this at the stable where my horses are now, but it seems to stretch and the polymer separates from the wire. It is not installed properly however, as it is nailed to the fenceposts. I belive it is supposed to be able to slide through the fasteners. Again, I would use four strands.
Does anyone have any feedback on these two types of fencing materials? Any other suggestions?