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post #11 of 16 Old 07-08-2019, 11:00 PM
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Along a busy road one must also worry about trash thrown, broken bottles, etc.

IMO the more hidden the horses are, the safer they are.

Thus plant a row of fast growing hedges along the roadway with a sturdy fence inside of it. The bushes should be tall and thick enough to keep out prying eyes and slow down cars that swerve off the road.

Put a padlock on the gate, but if there are power lines there then the power company has an easement across the property and you might be limited on the width of gate placed. Also the power company would need a key to the padlock.

Other option is to build two fences with at least 30-40 feet between them. If you leave it just grass, you can cut hay off that strip between fences and use it as a "gallop" lane. Even put jumps in it, if you like to jump.
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-09-2019, 07:29 AM
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To touch on those commenting about power lines and access...
Before you build get the power company to come out and specifically look at your land and what wires are through it...
Some equipment is enormous in size and length power companies utilize and you thinking a certain size gate to put in may not be sufficient...and yes, to maintain power supply lines the power authority has easement rights of specific sizing under and setbacks both sides of them they can enforce but not usually do unless they have a issue with the landowner...that be you.
Consult with them, if they say a 14' gate...make it 16' so you know they won't be breaking through your fence if they need to get in.
Once you do the fence, chain and padlock it, and again call the power company.
By us they come out with a padlock only they have a key to and put it on the end of your chain and connect their padlock to yours...if they need admittance they open their lock not yours with no damages to any property...
If they open they close, if they unlock they re-lock when leaving is the way it works down here.
Our crews deal with all forms of livestock...cattle, bulls, horses and assorted other beasts...think they must have goodies to hand-out cause they are surrounded with friendly noses in the fields often at arrival.

Also found that most ranchers who have padlocked gates also have a key for said padlock usually hanging on the gate on a small nail or within reach so not having to climb the fence...
When an emergency arise and fire rescue needs in, they look for and will use the key or they put bumper to gate or fence and come through it as needed...they don't wait for someone to arrive to open access...they make their own access...
Unless you live here you would not know that is the way on many ranches and large spreads of land...something to consider for you to.
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-09-2019, 07:35 PM
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@Cynical25 is there any chance you could post a picture of that fencing?
Trying, can't guarantee it'll show up, lol. My front yard.
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@horselovinguy Yes I am learning that things are going to be different here! I didn't expect so many different things so quickly!

@Cynical25 that looks REALLY nice.

@AnitaAnne thanks for that advice. And also Kalraii I think said the same thing, about hedges. It's in the PNW, so all I need to do to get some quick growing thorny hedges is not mow, and in one year whatever patch of land I selected will be four feet deep in blackberry bushes. You don't even have to plant them, they just show up.
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We have two types of hedging. On the county road we have Leyland Cypress planted in a triangular pattern. For every one close to fence there are two closer to road. They are set so you can easily mow around them and if walking see through the gaps but from side or driving by you can't. Ours were put for shading and wind break because here you cannot put anything that could cause a fatality on an easement. The cypress are more forgiving than say a live oak of size. We have had neighbors put dirt embankments that were forced to remove them because they could cause a vehicle to flip so you really do need to know what you can put and how you phrase it. Had those neighbors claimed it was flood control they would have had no problem or if it was more moderate and planted as landscaping to improve the value of their property or even set it further back they could have gotten away with it. Our second planting is along the driveway easement to prevent renters from cutting fence for access from the backside of the property when they have an easement along the front. That is t-post with barbed wire that we planted the meanest, nastiest rambling rose. It is a Cherokee X and I don't remember the name but the blooms are single and much larger than Cherokee. Roots everywhere it touches the ground, grows quickly and fills a fence fast if hedged. Nothing goes through it. Another option that may or may not grow there is Trifoliate Orange "Flying Dragon". It is the rootstock for citrus to give it cold hardiness. That is one wicked plant. I have it in a few places here. Birds love it for nesting because nothing can penetrate it. Tx A&M used it to wall off their steam plants. The last two plants if thick enough will stop a vehicle and cause all sorts of cosmetic damage but shouldn't cause a fatality from impact.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 09:11 AM
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I used to live on a straight stretch of highway that people would just fly down so I put up a sign.

ALCOHOLICS ENTERING HIGHWAY

That slowed them down!

I ended up fencing the place with "for sale" signs. While it didn't keep horses in very good, it did get us out of there.
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