I live in New Zealand where the majority of our horses live outdoors 24/7. So we have to rely on fencing a great deal!!
For me I board/graze my mare on a farm where it's very much DIY. There is an exterior wire fence line and that's it. The boarders all have their own sectioned off areas that we took when we moved in and fenced it ourselves. For me I use electric tape. I have the rope too but the thinner kind and whilst that was very cheap, it also doesn't hold my mare in as well as the tape. Last year I spent roughly $600 on fencing equipment, including an electric unit. I got about 10 warratahs - I believe they are called Y posts or something similar elsewhere, a huge 500m roll of the turbo tape that holds the strongest current with extra wires in it and another lot of tape. I also got a bunch of electric fence standards. It wasn't cheap but it's worked in keeping Honey in even when the unit isn't on. I unfortunately have to have at least 3 lines of tape up though because Honey is clever and can get out with two lines if not electric.
I hope this helped ^_^
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