I will be moving to about a 12 acre piece of property. Most of it already has fencing (2 separate pastures). Alot of it will need to be repaired but unfortunately it is all barbed wire. I believe the previous owner kept cows. What is the best way to approach this issue? I understand that I should not have barbed wire and I really don't want any of these fence injuries. Could I place hotwire around the inside for now and replace the fence in sections (or with the hotwire would I need to?)? And what would be the best most cost efficient fencing to replace it with? I would appreciate opinions from all of you since you have most likely had to think about fencing at some point or another.
Also, for now, there are two separate "shelters" on the property as well. Again, they are far from horse quality in my opinion since it was meant for cows. I eventually want to build a news barn but in the mean time, so that I can have the horses anytime in the next 10 years lol, I was thinking of "fixing a shelter" by converting them into two stalls and a tack room. Is it necessary to have completely enclosed stalls? I'm sure pictures would help especially since it is hard to describe this part.
Anyway, just getting started on plans for the place so any info would be more than helpful!!
Oh.. jst a little info about me.. I am 26 and live in Upstate SC. I have just a little experience with horses (rode when it was young) and had a pony that wasn't very friendly when I was a child. I am interested in owning horses and perhaps showing in the future. I prefer English and my DREAM horse is a Friesian!!