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post #11 of 18 Old 03-14-2014, 10:44 PM
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I would check what your zoning laws are and allow before going any further with your plans. You may have ordinances about keeping "livestock" within so many feet of your property lines and required to have certain kinds of fence, nothing else will be permitted. Permits required and inspections done to make sure you are in compliance...
Some places don't allow electric fencing without another separate perimeter fence erected.
You still need a power source or solar power packs and moving all this around isn't always the best for the equipment nor time friendly.
Electric fence can fail if something falls on it, sometimes as light as a tree branch not thick in diameter. You will still need gates and buried wire to get animals in or out unless you are going to be pulling wires with insulated hand holds every time you want in or out of an area...again not time or animal/people about a zapping risk!
Any fence can fail, but a flimsy wire is a lot more likely to have issue than a heavy woven livestock wire or wood plank fence will.

We just did a 75'x200' 4 board plank fence 5' high... cost was less than $1400 for materials...installing it is my job.
3 board would of been just over $1000.

Have you considered using a livestock wire fencing for the perimeter and then using electric inside to move your pasture boundaries if you are still set on doing this?

Non-climb horse fence for a 200' roll 4' high is $269.99*.
Livestock fence is 330' roll 4' high is $229.99*...
Rough dimensions for 1.5 acres are 200' x 330'...your property is smaller so should be less costly to fence the entire outside.
4 rolls of fence is more than enough with lots left over...
With wire fence your posts can be further apart so 100 posts would be enough to fasten the fence wire to all the way around...posts by me are $5.15 ea. = $515.00
so doing livestock fence @229.00 x 4 rolls = $916.00*
TOTAL of $1431 plus sales tax in your area....labor to install it is your sweat equity.

If you wanted to do electric inside to make smaller containment areas...but if someone got loose through a shorted out fence they would be kept inside the property and safe....something to think about.
Traipsing around the neighborhood of quiet roads is bad enough, having to catch a runaway on busier main roads is a disaster about to happen...

Not to discourage you but give you something else to think about...

*prices for wire are from Tractor Supply Store online*
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Hey there! The idea of subdividing your grazing and moving the horse along is excellent. Whatever you do, try from the outset to avoid having your horse turn the area into a desert. Always rotate before the pasture gets damaged, and if grass growth is insufficient, keep the horse in a yard and hand feed it there, and exercise it by riding etc.

We have sandy soils here and have grown hedges of tagasaste (tree lucerne) around the paddocks. They grow phenomenally and are taller than a person in a year. Fodder trees like that can provide both food and shelter for your horse, and reduce soil erosion, and create spaces for birds and wildlife. You protect them behind hot wire so horses can only trim their extremities. Whatever you clip off when hedging, you feed out. If you don't have sandy soils, other types of fodder trees might suit you.

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post #13 of 18 Old 03-16-2014, 03:45 PM
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I am by no means an expert, but for fence visibility we used to tie grocery bags to the wires. They served as desensitization tools as they blew in the breeze and also served to show the horses where the fence stood. It worked well. As they weathered, we'd go out and tie new ones (for free!).

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by rydernation View Post
Funny, that looks like Mulholland Drive. What types of zoning ordinances do you have to abide by?
the place is in Trinidad , humbolft county, no idea about zoning just that other folks on the street have livestock
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You STILL need to check on zoning. I live in a small town of ~200, and we have just begun the process of zoning the town. I was against it until I discovered that a local zoning board would have elected officials, and the county looks at us at unneccessary backwater and changed specifics for the ONE business that moved in two years ago. On my street, westmost, 3 properties, all THREE of us are zoned, "AG 2." My neighbors across the street are not and cannot legally keep livestock.
I guess that we thought you had already checked this.

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-05-2014, 12:24 AM
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New to the site and horses so bear with me please.

He mentioned Treated Fir for fencing, I was told to avoid any treated wood due to cribbing. Is this off set by the electric fencing ?

I have a saw mill close to the house so for me raw untreated lumber is not a problem. We use Poplar in the stalls.
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-08-2014, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone i have had a good look at all your posts and it has given me some ideas , i talked to my Farrier Uri Driscoll who has a lot of experience he will be coming to visit to help layout the area . he said do a "sacrifice area" which will be dirt basically then move the horse around to different areas with electric and moveable posts , also putting up a wood perimeter fence as a secondary barrier.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-16-2014, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, thanks for all your comments, we got the fencing up , I went with a 60' x 20' 5 bar metal corral with 6'gate, 4' boards and 10 yards of pea gravel inside. a 8'x10' used shelter somebody gave me. 5' orchard wire around the perimeter with t posts and caps(horse will not be on this fence) a 16' metal gate . A moveable solar charger so i can move the horse on different patches around the property using electric tape and step in posts. He settled down just fine and we even went on a nice 3hr trail ride yesterday!
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