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post #11 of 19 Old 09-02-2014, 01:40 AM
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You orient the shed so the back is to the prevailing wind. Horses do love S facing sheds in the winter but they get toasty in the summer.

Round posts with a point are called drivers in my neck of the woods. You are only going to find a fencing company with the equipment to drive those. You need a pretty powerful tractor with hydraulics. You could certainly run a wanted ad in CL or just hire a fencing company to install all the post only. You will do the wire and gates. If work is hard to come by in your area, you should get some offers.
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-02-2014, 11:15 PM
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If you already own a tractor, you can rent an auger to hook up to it to dig holes. My preference for fencing is field fencing ( some call it hog wire) comes in 330 ft rolls. 4 ft tall, with posts every 12 feet, and a strand of hot wire on top. Here in NC I see a lot of people using just hot wire, it may keep the horses in, but doesn't keep other animals out. Dogs, especially pit bulls are a problem around here and I don't want them having access to my horses. If you use 8 ft poles, dig the post holes 2.5 to 3 feet deep. Make sure you use pressure treated posts. Cement in and cross brace all corner posts. I bought 8 acres 12 years ago, rented a gas powered auger on wheels and with the help of a big strong guy, got 200 holes dug in one day. I thought it would take me a month to set all the posts and string the fencing ( after 12 hour work days. It took me 6 months to finish, and I was 52 at the time! The posts have held up well, have had to replace about 4. Now if I could just get the local deer to quit trashing my hot wire when they jump the fence.
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-04-2014, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture of the run in that we are going to use. I also like the looks of this style fence which is near my house. The posts appear to be some sort of lightweight man-made material, maybe plastic or PVC?
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The posts in your pics are iron, likely well casings. Steel pipe will be expensive! I'd guess that the owners of those posts know someone in well drilling, or scrapping.

There's a pasture near us with 6" steel posts all throughout and 1" cable as fencing. Apperently grandpa was in the crane drag line business, so had access to the materials.

We have pvc fence around our arena, but I'd never build a fence on it to pasture stock. There's vinyl that goes over wood posts to pretty them up, but is not the actual structure of the fence. Which you could do with pvc but it'll be expensive and dangerous. Pvc tends to explode into sharp fragments when struck, after being exposed to the sun for extended periods, even after say 10+ years not in the sun. It dries out and becomes brittle.

Best thing you could do for post, though looks may suffer, would be to find someone clearing land. Buy the locust, cedar, even pine logs from them. Super cheap, a lil more work for you but they'll be green, very cheap, and if ya get the right logs, last a long time.

Believe it or not, we just chipped about 1000' of 10" pine logs and close to the same of locust. If someone asked, they could a had it all for free!
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post #15 of 19 Old 09-10-2014, 02:40 PM
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If your two horses have lived peacefully together for awhile, it may not be an issue but our barn tries to avoid 90 degree angles on the fence line. Rounded corners allow a horse to avoid being cornered and confined by an aggressive horse or a bunch of dogs. It allows horses to run along the fence line without running into a fence. It may not be a consideration for you now, but if you ever get other horses, you may wish you had rounded the corners. And definitely include the group of trees in the lower corner of the pasture. They'll love the shade and cover.

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With that perimeter you are looking at just under or over an acre. Not enough for two horses. Why not use more of that open area to the left and have two areas? You may still need a drylot and feed part of the year.
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I have 3 board fencing on my property with a strand of electric on top. I love it, but will be adding coated wire or electric "ribbon" inbetween the boards eventually to limit them sticking their heads through my fence

This is what I would do with your property at minimum without knowing where your utilities or anything else is:
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Depending on your area, the acreage per horse for viable pasture varies. With that size of lot, I guess you will also be feeding some forage. If possible I would enlarge the horse pens to some of the area in the back. You can use t post and filed fence , or treated wood post the round ones. I put post every ten feet. Stops the fence from sagging and is just more secure.
I like that the horse area is set back from the property line.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 10:45 AM
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I like that it is set back from the road and would also consider an attractive perimeter fence across that section as a second means to potentially keep a loose horse from bolting into a road. It may be there is little to no traffic and that isn't an issue. My husband is fiend for putting fences on property lines along all other edges though as encroachment is a big issue here. Considering the acreage that small blue area close to the house may be more of a riding area or pull out pen.
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