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    01-15-2008, 04:27 PM

Would like to fence in a 3-4 acre pasture that is situated in a valley with a rolling topography. Was browsing around the net and there just is so many variations and differences.

Was planning on doing t-posts but can someone guide me as far as tape/wire and basically which brands to focus on and which is the most economical and a DIY installation.

Thanks in advance
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    01-15-2008, 07:36 PM
Check out redbrands site http://www.redbrand.com/ they have a nice fence calculator for any type you chose. I prefer woven wire horse fence with T-posts and either wood or pipe corner braces. I have used the elect. Tape but find for the long term it isnt practical. In Kansas the wind is too strong at times and it has a tendency to "blow" and stretch especially if you use the plastic posts. I have also had trouble with young horses running through it even though I had 3 stands. With the woven wire I haven't had to run any elect. Fence. I also prefer the woven wire over the welded. The welds tend to pop on the welded. Here is a photo of mine I don't think you can see the corner posts but they are pipe. This is my dry lot area its about 2 acres. We rounded the corners so it is a 4 post corner instead of the usual 3 post.
    01-18-2008, 01:26 AM
I don't mean to make a fuss Vida but I think you should put some caps on that fence post. My buddies horse got cut up on an uncovered fence post because she was fighting with another horse. It's purely a personal opinion though.
    01-18-2008, 10:06 AM
Originally Posted by Abby
I don't mean to make a fuss Vida but I think you should put some caps on that fence post. My buddies horse got cut up on an uncovered fence post because she was fighting with another horse. It's purely a personal opinion though.
I agree completely :) I had taken the caps off when we straightened the posts and put the new fencing on. This photo was taken not too long after we finished. The caps are back on now
    01-18-2008, 06:03 PM
Try electrobraid. You can also use fiberglass posts instead of t-posts. They are very economical and easy to install yourself.
    01-18-2008, 10:33 PM
I use electric rope instead of tape, cause I find it easier to work with. The tape gets twisted and tangled easily. The rope, though, you have to be careful with if you have a small horse that doesn't way very much. We had a filly that got her leg wrapped in it when it was off and ripped it down to the bone, plus my mare got caught in it and left a bit of a scar and she was 750 pounds. It's fine if you keep it tight and on, but the management at this place was pretty crappy.

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