Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I'm not sure what kind of barb wire Kevin is speaking about but the only kind I've seen/used will cut a horse to ribbons if he went through it and it will tear your hands up if you don't have gloves.
There are different grades of hot wire, many of which will break long before it will damage a horse but tape is a very good and visible alternative.
I like the wire fence you showed with hot tape on the top the best. As for making look attractive, what I've done is to use a 4 rail post and board just in the front (the side that's visible from the house) while the other 3 sides are post and wire.
Regardless of whether or not your land was formally farm land, you would need to check with county and town ordinances concerning the amount of land per horse that is permitted.
The less land you have, the more work involved. You can get away with 2 horses on 1/3 acre (the amount you will have fenced in) as long as you realize that all of whatever grass is there now will be long gone in a short time and replaced by mud when it rains but you still need to be out there every day mucking. The flies in the summer will have to be dealt with too.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.