We are re-doing some of our pastures right now. I'm not a fan of high tensile\electric wire only fence. While it is cost effective and low maintenance, I've seen the results of one that got ran through it and couldn't use it myself after seeing that mare.
We are doing all of our stud lots over right now. My hubby splices fiber optic mainline for the cable company and while doing some work talked to a foreman at the electric company. We had a big storm roll through awhile back and they had a lot of poles to replace. They delivered me a truckload of treated telephone poles for free, even with them having broken ends they were still 30 ft long - made 3 fence posts out of each one. They made awesome heavy duty fence posts! We put 52 inch red brand horse fence up with 2 strands of hot wire inside and out (top & bottom). It looks great & it's very strong. TSC had all red brand on sale a couple weeks ago here, they do have a good buy on fence every once in awhile. I got 330' rolls for $149 each.
I have a friend with 4 strand hot tape on her whole property. Looks nice & pretty cost effective but she did have one who went right through it. I think my mares & gelding would do fine with that but I wouldn't take the chance as we do have stallions.
There are so many option and pros\cons to every kind. I'd love to have vinyl covered board fence but putting that around 50 acres is definitely not in my budget :( Posted via Mobile Device