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Just Let Me Run
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-09-10 5:36 PM (#7407629)
Subject: Fencing question



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 We are currently under contract and waiting to close on a house. We will have 1.38 acres and want to fence it in for potential horse/donkey/goat etc in the future. We considered four panel wood fencing on the road front, and electric fencing for the rest, but are unsure.
What do your fences look like? How close to the road did you get? What was an affordable fencing option, and did you do it yourself?

Thanks in advance.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-09-10 5:41 PM (#7407630 - in reply to #7407629)
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Hope that you are not on a curve, the wood fencing would look pretty, but I would not like having to paint it every few years .   

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Delta Cowgirl
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2018-09-10 6:04 PM (#7407632 - in reply to #7407629)
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We have 4-rail white PVC fencing around the front and sides -- and love it. Our pastures are electro-braid. We used metal fence panels for the runs off each stall of our barn. Our electro-braid is powered via solar fence chargers. We've had this set-up for over 10 years.
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OhMax
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2018-09-10 9:54 PM (#7407650 - in reply to #7407629)
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Our dry lots and pens are 5 bar continuous pipe panel mounted on hedge posts. Father in law has been changing out his hedge posts for steel pipe...most of those posts have been there the better part of 30 years though. We’re working towards having our entire roadside fence done in continuous panels. It’s pretty well zero maintenance if you like the rustic rusty metal look. It’ll be a little higher up front investment, around here when buying a load of panels you can usually get 5 bar for $70-$80/20’ panel and get them to throw in the clips and connectors.

Whatever you do, don’t use green treated posts. They’ll rot off at the ground quick if any sort of moisture sits. My husband and father in law have built fence as long as hubby can remember and we’re getting ready to make it a full time business for him. We will put in green treat it a customer wants it, but highly discourage it and will not guarantee the fence. Creosote posts are a little better, 10 years if it’s not real swampy before issues start to develop. Hedge is best but not available everywhere and not everyone appreciates the rustic look.
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2018-09-12 9:00 AM (#7407781 - in reply to #7407629)
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I used the poly rope. It is fairly safe (nothing is ever 100% safe) and its nice for flexibility. I only turn my fence on every one in awhile when they need a reminder. I think it looks nice too. I did 4 strand in their main pasture and 3 in the big grazing one. I am not near a road.
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janjan1
Reg. Jul 2006
Posted 2018-09-12 9:45 AM (#7407792 - in reply to #7407632)
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We have the three rail heavy duty Master Halco PVC fencing. We installed it before we moved the horses in, about 18-19 years ago. It still looks great, works good for my 6. They do not challenge the fence and if any rail happens to pop out, it is a very simple thing to pop back in. We pressure wash it yearly, inside/out to keep it looking great.
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janjan1
Reg. Jul 2006
Posted 2018-09-12 9:49 AM (#7407794 - in reply to #7407792)
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KylaKris
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2018-09-12 10:27 AM (#7407800 - in reply to #7407629)
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I live on a highway that can get busy in the summer with travelers. Two of our pastures are up against the road, so we decided on pipe and the no climb fence from Stay-Tuf. It is much more sturdy than the cheap no climb you buy at TSC. It has been more costly to put in, but there is almost no maintenance and it will last forever. We debated on the continuous panels, but chose the fence so we could put goats, calves, etc. on the pasture and not have to worry about anything sneeking through and getting on the highway. We put it in ourselves and I wouldn't say it was difficult to do, but definalty takes some work. We skimped on the clips and buying the stretcher for it at the beginning, but ended up getting them because they make the job so much easier. We also like the idea that if something were to get ran into it, they basically bounce right off as opposed to the panels that are an abrupt hit. We have had a calf get ran into it and the fence never lost its shape.  
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r_beau
Reg. Apr 2010
Posted 2018-09-13 1:28 PM (#7407854 - in reply to #7407629)
Subject: RE: Fencing question



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Just Let Me Run - 2018-09-10 5:36 PM  We are currently under contract and waiting to close on a house. We will have 1.38 acres and want to fence it in for potential horse/donkey/goat etc in the future. We considered four panel wood fencing on the road front, and electric fencing for the rest, but are unsure.

What do your fences look like? How close to the road did you get? What was an affordable fencing option, and did you do it yourself?



Thanks in advance.

For that small of an area, I would probably do wood or pipe fencing for sure on the perimeter, along with one strand of hot wire to keep them off it. 

Then for "internally" you could do electric.

Personally, I don't like ONLY electric fencing for a perimeter fence b/c it's too easy for a horse to run through it and then they are on the loose! Not good especially near a road.



 
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WYOTurn-n-Burn
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2018-09-13 1:49 PM (#7407857 - in reply to #7407629)
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If your planning to have goats you won't keep them contained unless you have some sort of mesh (speaking from experience).  I would recommend horse mesh fencing on posts; we used wooden posts, but you could easily use T-posts if that's your jam.  It's easy to hang and stretch, it's safe, and holds up forever.  

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Just Let Me Run
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-09-13 4:00 PM (#7407858 - in reply to #7407629)
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Thank you everyone! 
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cow pie
Reg. Nov 2009
Posted 2018-09-13 4:15 PM (#7407862 - in reply to #7407629)
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16 ft cattle panels tacked to wood post. look on www. pinterest.com
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JLazyT_perf_horses
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-09-13 4:38 PM (#7407864 - in reply to #7407629)
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If you want goats make sure there's not structures around the fence for them to get up on or walls from them to bounce off of. One of my teachers had them in a fenced area like a stall run where they could go in/out. They'd run & jump at the wall, bounce off to the top of the 6' fence and out they went. He'd complain about how he was woken up at 3am by goats on the roof of his house lol . They're ninjas. So mesh them in & don't give them an area to learn to jump out
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LIVE2RUN
Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2018-09-13 4:50 PM (#7407865 - in reply to #7407629)
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We have a 3 rail pipe fence that goes around my pasture area. No maintenance!!



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Just Let Me Run
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-09-14 4:02 PM (#7407935 - in reply to #7407865)
Subject: RE: Fencing question



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LIVE2RUN - 2018-09-13 4:50 PM We have a 3 rail pipe fence that goes around my pasture area. No maintenance!!

 I love this look! Did you do it yourself? Did you find it more or less expensive than wood?
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teehaha
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-09-15 4:06 PM (#7407982 - in reply to #7407781)
Subject: RE: Fencing question


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stayceem - 2018-09-12 8:00 AM I used the poly rope. It is fairly safe (nothing is ever 100% safe) and its nice for flexibility. I only turn my fence on every one in awhile when they need a reminder. I think it looks nice too. I did 4 strand in their main pasture and 3 in the big grazing one. I am not near a road.

we just tore down the tape and went with the rope and love it.  The wind here catches the tape and it needed to be put back in the insulators all the time.  We have new neighbors who don't feed their horses and they were constantly in the fence reaching through so had to find a solution. No problem with the rope so far.  Solar fencer is on all the time but at night it just pulses instead of a constant current. 
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LIVE2RUN
Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2018-09-17 3:07 PM (#7408124 - in reply to #7407935)
Subject: RE: Fencing question



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Just Let Me Run - 2018-09-14 3:02 PM

LIVE2RUN - 2018-09-13 4:50 PM We have a 3 rail pipe fence that goes around my pasture area. No maintenance!!

 I love this look! Did you do it yourself? Did you find it more or less expensive than wood?

We never priced wood as I didn't want the maintenance and I didn't want my horses eating it!! For the long run this welded pipe was what we went with. Love it. It will last forever. We did not do it ourselves as we didn't have the time. We hired a pro he did this in three days. I think it cost for the material and labor, $6500 if I remember right. This was 8 years ago.
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Racer4eva
Reg. Feb 2009
Posted 2018-09-18 7:31 AM (#7408155 - in reply to #7407982)
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teehaha - 2018-09-15 5:06 PM

stayceem - 2018-09-12 8:00 AM I used the poly rope. It is fairly safe (nothing is ever 100% safe) and its nice for flexibility. I only turn my fence on every one in awhile when they need a reminder. I think it looks nice too. I did 4 strand in their main pasture and 3 in the big grazing one. I am not near a road.

we just tore down the tape and went with the rope and love it.  The wind here catches the tape and it needed to be put back in the insulators all the time.  We have new neighbors who don't feed their horses and they were constantly in the fence reaching through so had to find a solution. No problem with the rope so far.  Solar fencer is on all the time but at night it just pulses instead of a constant current. 

When we bought this property we had 2 strands of poly rope put up. Just recently we added a 3rd line both to keep the crazy guy across road out and because im bringing home a new horse soon. I can attest that it can stand up to tropical storm winds ;)
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