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post #11 of 20 Old 08-27-2009, 11:42 PM
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Can I ask what your budget is? Is this a square acre? a square acre is approx 208'x208'. T-posts are approx. $3.25 (for 5 1/2 ft)for new ones and you will need one every ten feet. So that is approximately $200 - 300 in T-posts. You will need large treated corner posts in every corner and between every straight line if your pasture isn't a perfect square. Your looking at $50 a piece if your doing wood or if you have a welder do them they charge anywhere from $100-300 per corner post! You'll need a bag or 2 of cement for every hole for your corner posts. Here is a website that explains it further.Fence Building - Corner Posts

For the woven or "no-climb" wire its approx. $1.30 or $130 for a 100 ft roll for like 4ft. high. You'll still need to use a stretcher and stretch it. Then you'll need electric wire or tape for the top. All electric fencing is cheaper but your horse will get out alot especially on that small of acreage.

You could do barbless wire its like 1200ft a roll and for 4 strands you would need 3 rolls at $65 a roll or $200 for the majority of your fencing instead of $900. But you will need at least 2 electric wires with it.

t-posts -$300
wood corner posts including concrete -$200
no climb wire -$900 (its actually 832 ft but you can only buy it by the roll)
gate - $100
Other fence materials like electric top wire and insulators - $200
A 10x20 2 sided metal shelter is about $500. You could do wood it will probably cost about the same.

(I know all of this because I just re-fenced 35 acres!)

This is all material only.. it doesn't include labor. This will cost you approx $2000-3000 for a friends property? You would need to lease that land for almost 3 years to be really worth it. I would just pasture board at a place where everything else is taken care of and have the other amenities such as an arena, wash rack, tack room or ect...

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post #12 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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reddun--- that is a very good suggestion :) Im hoping to horse I get, will prefer to be on his own xD

starlinestables--- well, we dont wanna pay much..
I walked out there this afternoon, there is a fence along the perimeter of the property, it is a pretty short fence, but there are 2 thick wires above the fence.. the poles need to be adjusted so that it holds, and the cords need to be tightened.

The only thing we need to do is build the fence across the property.. that shouldn't cost much.. i would think.
And, we need to build a shelter.. that wont cost much, will it?
Just a small lean to, would work..

We would be doing all the labour, so no costs there xD
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post #13 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 09:05 AM
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It didn't cost us nearly that much to re-fence our paddock.... but our fence is far from beautiful. Of course, my horses are very content and a strong electric charger took care of any leaning. You should make sure your fence is extra good though because your horse is alone and may be more inclined to get out. Or make sure your charger is strong
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post #14 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 10:14 AM
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Ia about the knee lenght grass, it would be tick heaven. But before you put in all this work and time into your friends property, have you looked around your area for barns? Pasture board can be pretty cheap, as can some backyard barns. Plus if you're there every day which you most likely will be, you could do rough board which is pretty cheap as well. Or you could work off board. Just some suggestions.
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post #15 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

We only have 2 barns in our small little town.
I don't want to board at my trainers barn, because they have liability issues, and won't let me do anything..

And, I don't wanna board at the other barn, because I don't like the people.

Actually, now that I think of it, in pics and stuff, horses are always in short grass

I think I'm gonna be doing the fence all by myself :\
It really hot out all next week, and my dad doesn't want to help me. :(

I don't know how to build a fence :P
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post #16 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 11:18 AM
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Building a fence isn't that hard. But you need someone helping you who knows what they're doing or at very least you need to get some really good directions. I would suggest talking to some people at your local coop or feed store and you can probably get all the wire, posts, insulators, and charger there.

About the length of the grass.... Horses love short grass because it's loaded with sugar... which is bad for them esp if they are "sensitive". If you have enough space you should split it into two smaller paddocks so that you can rotate. In the ideal world you don't want your horse on grass shorter than 3" and you want to turn them out when the grass is between 6-8" depending on the species of grass. One idea is to contact your university extension office (do you have those in BC?) and they will come out for free and make some recommendations.

Check out this link

Manure and Pasture Management for Recreational Horse Owners

and this

Manure and Pasture Management for Recreational Horse Owners

Basically if you want to save yourself money on hay and feed take good care of the land you have.

*Edit - the links look the same but the aren't.

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post #17 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 02:27 PM
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I think it is recommended that a horse be on a acre and a half. I personally high tensile fence, it is pulled so tight that they can't really get their leg caught up and is very strong and secure.

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post #18 of 20 Old 09-06-2009, 09:13 PM
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I just got done fencing an acre paddock and building a loafing shed for shelter. I am not sure how much money you are planning to spend. We built a simple 3 sided shelter a 12x12 partition for the horse and 12x24 section for hay, feed and tack storage. We fenced with t-posts, cap insulators, a top strand of electric tape and 2 lower strands of electric rope. All of the labor we did our selves and the whole thing cost about $3500. And after all of that work I am still going to have to build an arena to ride in. I will need to fence in more of my property in the next year, so I can rotate my pasture so it does not get overgrazed.

And after you pay for all those initial costs there is also the care of the horse. Are the people who own the property horse savvy? Do they know what to do if your horse colics? Are they going to be able to feed your horse 2 or 3 times a day or are you going to be expected to do that? After you spend all the money to fence and get their property horse ready are they going to let you board for free for a few years to make up for all the improvements you just made to their property? What happens if you spend all this money and you have a falling out with them? Do you just lose out on all that money? I am sure that you are on good terms with them now, but things could easily go south due to a varity of factors.

I would seriously reconsider boarding with your trainer. That way you can get lessons on your horse and have a knowlagable person take care of it.
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post #19 of 20 Old 09-06-2009, 09:33 PM
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Just so you know, the average horse needs 2 acres to graze on, or the grass will not be there for long before it's completely eaten down. With one acre, you're better off sectioning off a dirt paddock area and just turning him out on grass for 4 hours a day. That way it won't all be dirt within a week or two.
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post #20 of 20 Old 09-06-2009, 10:49 PM
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MyBoyPuck - That is exactly what happened to my boyfriend's family's horse. She started out on a quarter acre or so. Yikes. Then they doubled the pasture. Alright. Closer. But the grass is still soo short. And in the original pasture it's all dirt now. And NOW they just doubled it again by fencing off part of the hayfield. And I told them, Just let her out there for a couple hours a day. So what happens? They do that for a while and then they just forget. And now it all looks the same. ughh.

Give your horse great plenty room to graze. Otherwise, you might as well put it on a drylot and an all-hay diet.

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