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post #1 of 18 Old 03-02-2014, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Need ideas for fencing my property

Looks like we will be new house owners soon and i wish to house my horse(with a pasture mate) on the property, it is 1.3 acres and the main buildings are in the center of the property.I have attached a snapshot of the property.I do not have a lot of money and was going to do 4"x4" posts with 2 4"x2" boards (treated fir)and a hot wire on the top on the south and west borders, then metal posts with caps and a hotwire along the north and east side of the property as the brush is high there . then i was going to do hotwire sections inside to move the horse around, also doing a run in shelter on the far nw of the property. i am well aware that i will have to give supplemental feed .Again i do not have tons of money so please remember this when commenting . I would like some thoughts on this and whether it will be sufficient .Thanks.
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Sounds sufficent to me, depending on the horses you have. Some horses are worse with fences than others but hotwire is usually affective with most ;) it aids in preventing cribbing as well, which can be a pain with wood fencing
Normally it is recommended to have 1 acres per animal but i have seen many many people keep more on less. The only trouble you might find is having to feed year round and depending on your climate, soil and drainage, expect plenty of mud.
Sectioning off the yard is a good idea, though. Diet pens are even better. If your grass is good, your horses should require no more than 5-6 hour grazing a day. Helps to keep your fields lush and your horses trim

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Honestly, not a whole lot you can do with only 1.3 acres. It sounds like you've mapped it out pretty well, though. I'm not sure where you are, but here the grass grows green and lush but even so, 1 horse on 1 acre will be bare in no time. Just be sure you can feed hay all year round, and maybe have a pasture section that is reserved for grazing. Good luck!

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post #4 of 18 Old 03-04-2014, 03:13 PM
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I'd go with properly run and charged hot tape as it is highly visible and not much more expensive. It makes a great easy way to separate pastures for rotational grazing. With that many buildings there will be not enough grazing for one much less two but having a dry lot and allowing limited grazing while feeding daily and providing good quality hay and it can work just fine. Sounds like you have a good plan.
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Have you ever heard of rubber fencing? You can look it up online, I think it is pretty reasonably priced, and it looks nice too. When it is installed right, a little bit of it can stretch really far and go a long way.
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Is there some reason you want to build a wood fence rather than just a electric wire or polyrope fence? ... and, if you want wood, you'll be much better off with 2"x6" than 2"x4".
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post #7 of 18 Old 03-13-2014, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the response everyone,
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The 1 horse/1 acre has to do with how much acreage in a climate with a good amount of rain will support full time grazing. Horses do not need that much space for turnout.
You definitely need to research your fencing. Some that is for sale is downright dangerous. The old style, wooden fencing is safe and practical. I suggest that you fence it in in an affordable and safe way and then gradually replace that with wooden fencing.
My property is 5 acres. We replaced the permanent cattle fencing with pole fencing in 2008. The best thing that I have at my place is an area in front of my barn with a gate. I cannot tell you how many times I haven't lost a horse bc he pushed another gate open and got "trapped" there--yeah, with the grass and the fruit trees! =b I have never seen this on a horse property before, but it makes a lot of sense.

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Looks like we will be new house owners soon and i wish to house my horse(with a pasture mate) on the property, it is 1.3 acres and the main buildings are in the center of the property.I have attached a snapshot of the property.I do not have a lot of money and was going to do 4"x4" posts with 2 4"x2" boards (treated fir)and a hot wire on the top on the south and west borders, then metal posts with caps and a hotwire along the north and east side of the property as the brush is high there . then i was going to do hotwire sections inside to move the horse around, also doing a run in shelter on the far nw of the property. i am well aware that i will have to give supplemental feed .Again i do not have tons of money so please remember this when commenting . I would like some thoughts on this and whether it will be sufficient .Thanks.
Funny, that looks like Mulholland Drive. What types of zoning ordinances do you have to abide by?
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Two things:
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)
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