Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
1. To save money, unless you're really concerned about the "perfect" look, I'd suggest looking at getting culled, treated fence posts. It can save a few $ and there's usually enough that look well enough for the areas that get the most visibility. You can also look at getting treated rough cut for the 2x6 to save some $ there.
2. If I understand right you have 1.3 total acres on which you have these buildings. Suggest you measure the foot prints of your building, driveway, paved areas, etc.... and subtract that square footage from 1.3 acres. You'll find you have significantly less grazing than you think (and even in a place where grass growth is great a horse can wipe out an acre in less time than you'd think).
e.g. the 3.9 acres that makes up the front section of the property which has the house (that particular plot of land is about 34 acres total), after I take out the shed, wood shop, house. 0.75 acre pond, partitioned off area that has blue berries and fruit trees, and the parking area I'm left with a about 2.5 acres. Now I also have the luxury of having 6 acres of pecan orchard on the other side of that fence so I'm not depending on that 2.5 acres to feed my two horses. Even in subtropical low country of SC my two horses would turn that 2.5 acres into dirt lot within a matter of months without rotations to allow it to recover and grow. Keep in mind that of all the domestic grazing animals equines can destroy a pasture quicker and more thoroughly than any other domestic grazers. They have both lower AND upper teeth and so they can literally eat right down to the dirt (and are masters at actually pulling it up roots if its soft or wet)
They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)