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post #11 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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I remember when I used to own horses and in that part of texas it was 1horse per 0.5 acre.

Money will be an issue for fencing as my wife doesnt like to over spend on things. She would be fine with what it cost to care for horses but as far as fencing she would say what is the cheapest that will work for its purpose.
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post #12 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 04:32 PM
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JMPO I wouldn't cheap out on fencing, of course don't go out of your means to build a fence. Just sometimes you will end up spending more just to repair a so-so kind of fence then it would have cost to build a sturdy well built fence to begin with. If your looking to stay on the cheaper end of things, I would just go with electric fencing.
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post #13 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking that the electric would be cheaper but may not have it active due to the young kids.

I am looking forward to looking at this house tomorrow as after selling our current house we could pay cash for the new one and update everything inside of it and then work on the fencing and leantoos for the horses.
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post #14 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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The updating/remodeling would all be paid for from the sale of our current house as well so no mortgage at all.
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post #15 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 05:20 PM
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I have two young kids aged 2 and 4 and I haven't had a problem, I just have electric up high enough where they cant just grab it, and my kids know not to touch it.. or else they get big ouchies . Just have to educate them.
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post #16 of 20 Old 11-22-2013, 12:48 PM
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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.

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Well it looks like the property we had thought of isnt going to work but we saw a very nice 3acre place this morning and are purchasing it. Its in the hills portion of West texas but is the property is all flat. But will need to remove a lot of trees for the look we want but also keep a good bit of them as well.
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Well it looks like the property we had thought of isnt going to work but we saw a very nice 3acre place this morning and are purchasing it. Its in the hills portion of West texas but is the property is all flat. But will need to remove a lot of trees for the look we want but also keep a good bit of them as well.
There are trees in west Texas ?

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post #19 of 20 Old 11-25-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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LOL, yes in this area since there is higher elevation and such.
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post #20 of 20 Old 11-26-2013, 10:36 PM
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Down here it's usually 2 acres for the first horse (unless your grazing it and then it's 3 acres) and at least 1 more acre for an additional horse. Works Ok I guess (if you still keep them on hay too) since even in this subtropical climate grass can have a tough time keeping up if a horse isn't grazing over a large enough area. Mine would overgraze 2 acres terribly. If I put one on a half acre it would become a dirt paddock in no time.

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