Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
If ALL you can afford is electric then start with that. But, I agree that the upkeep and the possible accidents should tell you that you'll want to upgrade it over a period of time. Something else about electric. Your horse will not lean on it AS LONG AS the power for it stays on. In a power outage, OR, on a string of cloudy days (for solar), your fence won't be charged and your horses WILL lean on it.
I have 3 horses that have 4 acres to access. The 1 horse/1 acre rule applies to having them on pasture. You can easily keep 1 horse/0.5 acre if you supplement with hay and keep them in dry lots. During the 2012 drought I started feeding hay in August bc it dried up and they chewed it down to stubble. My what-used-to-be-lush south 1/2-3/4 acre South Pasture is still recovering. Since I closed it off to them last month, I guess that they have only 3 1/2 acres to roam, but it's much MORE than many of you have and MORE than adequate for turnout.
I am NOT an electric fence hater. I might even run a line at the bottom of my perimeter fencing bc the coyote problem has gotten so bad that we can't keep barn cats anymore.
But, I'll say it again, IF you want horses in your backyard it IS expensive.