Hey, I'm brand new to this forum and I am looking for some opinions on horse fence and shelters. I have not had my horse on my own property in several years and when I did, I relied on my husband-at-the-time for most of the knowledge of caring for them.
So I am in the process of getting my place ready to bring my very old quarter horse home. I'm curious about what kind of fencing you all like and why. I need something that will keep the neighbor dogs out and the horse in. I prefer to use landscaping timbers for posts and I will be fencing in approx. 2 acres. I live in Michigan, so snow is going to be an issue for the low hot wires, yet I think I need that to keep the dogs out.
There is a small existing pasture made up of a wooden 3-rail fence. We have replaced some of it, painted it, and are getting ready to run hotwire. Again, should I try to run hotwire along the bottom to keep dogs out and if so, how challenging is it to keep the grass/weeds down off the wire?
We're also building a shelter as we have no barn right now. Do you have any plans, photos, or suggestions in this area?
We will use one of the current outbuildings to store tack and hay. How much room do you think is needed for 125 square bales?
Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'll have more questions.