Good day everybody!
I'm trying not to say anything that gives away too much personal info here, but the simple story is that I'm going to be spending a year or two living in my parent's house in the future. The property used to be the site of a Standardbred breeding operation and one of the barns is still in good
condition with plenty of adjoining land, but where my horse is boarded now would be 45 minutes away. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
I am plotting, of course, to fix things up so that I can bring my horse home. The fun of the experience is enough on its own to justify doing it, but I have a hunch that I can do all of the repairs and put up new fencing for as much or less than what a year's worth of board at my horse's current stable would cost me (if I did all of the labor my self, naturally).
I have come here to the barn maintenance forum to ask about fencing. I want to make a paddock paradise kind of thing, with a track going all over the place. That would necessitate a TON of surface area! There is a good deal of wood fencing there already that will be repaired, but I'm hoping I can find a good, less expensive option for everything else. It wouldn't need to last forever because it would most likely be abandoned or taken down after a few years. I'm thinking about electric fence, but would it be able to keep the horses from getting out of the run and into very lush, founder inducing grass? I'm also worried that the fast growing vegetation here might quickly grow up and touch the fence, which if I recall correctly will render it ineffective. There must be people on here who can tell me from experience if electric fencing would work well enough and which kinds are best. Please share! I may not have the resources to experiment with a ton of things to find the best fencing, so I'd love to hear about other people's experiences. Can anyone recommend other fencing options for me to research? Do horses tend to get injured on high tensile wire?
I'd really appreciate any advice. This could prove to be great fun if I do it (the limiting factor is finding a temporary second horse), and I'm feeling very optimistic. I've just got to start getting an idea of what it might cost to make the track. :P