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  • What is the most affordable yet nice looking horse fence??

    We've already got some white vinyl up. . but honestly, I won't be investing in any more of that crap! lol!! it chips and breaks, cracks. . what a pain! However, anyone have good suggestions for *affordable* yet nice looking horse fencing??
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    IMO nothing beats 3 (or 4) board oak fence. Save $ by getting the materials yourself (why pay your fencer guy to pick it up for you); by painting it yourself (sloppy and horrible, but lots of $$avings); by using 7' posts instead of longer (just needs to be below frost line, not wayyy below.) I think it the most handsome, ever, anywhere.
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      #3
      Originally posted by Hunter's Rest View Post
      IMO nothing beats 3 (or 4) board oak fence. Save $ by getting the materials yourself (why pay your fencer guy to pick it up for you); by painting it yourself (sloppy and horrible, but lots of $$avings); by using 7' posts instead of longer (just needs to be below frost line, not wayyy below.) I think it the most handsome, ever, anywhere.
      Thanks for responding. . . so, do you find that the lumber is cheaper at a lumber yard or at a home DIY place like Lowe's or Home Depot? Actually, I have totally been dreaming of nice, solid board fencing. .either black or painted white (to match the crapo vinyl *sigh*) I am hoping there might be a lumber sale now while it's still winter and then we can stock up for a Spring project, yay! Have you purchased wood recently? What are prices running per board, per fence post??
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      • #4
        Depending on how much lumber you need, you could look for mills close by and ask how much they charge for a load of the kind of lumber you want.

        You may get it delivered from the mill cheaper than you can buy it at the big box stores one board at the time, if you need a larger volume.

        How much are you fencing in, feet, yards or miles?

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          #5
          Hi Bluey,

          Well, so far I've got only rough estimates. .the pasture is about 4-5 acres. . .sorry I'm not so precise. .
          Willow Run Connemaras
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          • #6
            Those little measuring wheels you can get at Loewes or Home Depot for little, that you can walk along rolling them on the ground, may tell you how many feet you need.

            There are also electronic gadgets that read those measurements for you.

            An acre on a square, that your land may not be, is 208.7 on each side, so say that you may have 9 208.7' long sides to your parcel of land on a wavey pattern, rounded up to at most maybe 10 sides, so you may need up to 2087' of material, times how many boards you want to use, three or four, plus post every so many feet, gates, corner posts and braces.

            I would get bids from local companies.
            Those companies can buy the material in bulk cheaper than you can and so, adding their labor and a profit, still come in the same or even cheaper than you can buy the material retail.

            You can then always say thanks, you will think about it, if the bids come above your budget.

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            • #7
              Since you already have the white vinyl fencing have you thought about the flexible poly rails like Ramm and Centaur sell? It would probably go well with the vinyl you already have. We put up Centaur with a 5.25" wide white hot rail on top for visibility since we have a couple of night blind appaloosas here. And below that we have the polycoated wire by Centaur. We alternated between polycoated wire and the polycoated hotwire. Works great and it can take a beating. I've seen my guys run into it full blast when they were playing and not paying attention - they bounce right off of it. We had a large hardwood tree fall on it during a storm and it didn't break or even come down, just wrinkled in that spot. You could certainly do all the wide rails as well. I had it professionally installed and it looks great IMO. The stallions have the same fencing except it is on even taller posts with an extra strand of polycoated wire. 20 year warranty.

              Go all the way to the bottom of this page to get a good look at it. http://www.altamontsporthorses.com/wapsadaisy.html
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              Trakehners * Knabstruppers * Appaloosa Sport Horses
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              Birmingham, AL

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              • #8
                Are you talking about the solid white vinyl/pvc type stuff or the stuff that's like fence "tape"? I worked on a LARGE breeding farm that had fence like this: http://www.centaurhtp.com/cenflex-gallery.html

                It seemed very durable for the fact that we constantly climbed through it, bending the strips, and there were quite a few youngsters going into it, through it, over it, you name it. In the year that I worked there I never saw one break, even when the blind horse broke through an entire post! lol I think it looks pretty good too, almost like the solid stuff.
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                • #9
                  Horseguard. I love the stuff. It has some drawbacks but for the money and the safety and it attractiveness, you can't beat it.

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                  • #10
                    Nobody climbs *through* our fence. First of all, it is tight and the rails are close together (maybe 8"-9" apart). Secondly, the fence is hot. The top rail is a nice wide one but it has a hot strip attached to it. It is called Hot Rail. http://www.centaurhtp.com/hot-rail.html This keeps them from hanging over the fence or trying to climb it. And then starting at the bottom we have alternated polycoated wire from Centaur http://www.centaurhtp.com/polyplus.html with electrified polycoated wire from Centaur called White Lightning. It looks the same but has black strips running through it which conduct electricity. I've not had a horse successfully go over, under or through. Knock on wood of course.
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                    Trakehners * Knabstruppers * Appaloosa Sport Horses
                    Home of stallions: Ambrosius af Asgard "Atlantis" & Hollywood Hot Spot
                    Birmingham, AL

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                    • #11
                      I'll second the Horse Guard Fence. We have miles of it. It is economical, easy to install and the horses R-E-S-P-E-C-T it. It looks very good on wood posts and is easy to maintain.
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                      • #12
                        I quite like the flex-fence from Centaur or Ramm. It's sturdy, has a traditional look, and low maintenance once installed properly. I use mine with no-climb, and it's holding up brilliantly.

                        HorseGuard is good fence, but it's not nearly as attractive, and it does rely on the electrical charge to truly contain the horses.
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                        • #13
                          Agree with poltroon...I have the Ramm fence...combo top rail Flex fence, 4 strands 5/16th coated wire and one line electric braid. Attractive, visible, sturdy as heck, little to no maintenance. Once in a while I have to go out and ratchet up the tensioners again for a tiny bit of sag which takes all of 5 minutes. Centaur also makes about the same stuff and also has an excellent reputation.
                          I was sold completely on mine when my late mare did a combo spook/REALLY pissed off charge straight at the fence. She's never been a fence jumper but was a world class fence smasher...she'd charge right through oak board as if it were kindling. You could see her power up and throw her chest into it to make sure she'd smash it up on the way through. She went full bore at the Ramm fence at charging speed...hit it, bowed it out a couple feet and it snapped back and tossed her backwards onto her oversized cheesed off arse. Not a mark on her, not a mark on the fence. Have to admit I did NOT think it would stand up to that...she weighed 1640 lbs! Darned impressed with it since. Now I'm not sure if the fence posts helped...I have 6" round line posts and 8" round end/corner/gate posts. Pretty much small telephone poles, LOL!
                          I don't know if Centaur does the same, but if you go to Ramm's website you can fill out a form for a free brochure sent to your house. It's a decent sized thing, like a newspaper wiith sections. It not only has the prices for everything it also has a few worksheet pages that help you easily figure out exactly what you need, how much of each and how much the entire cost will come to including shipping. Their telephone customer service is also excellent, you can call them and tell them your acreage amount and what fencing you like and they'll calculate it for you...or help you choose the safest and cheapest for your budget. heck, they even stay on the phone with you for 2 straight hours talking you through the installation step by step on a Saturday afternoon.
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                          • #14
                            Horseguard electric tape. Love it.
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                            • #15
                              The last barn I was at had coated high tensile wire. The second wire down was hot so they didn't lean on it or anything. Had one horse literally crash through it... managed to unearth a post (didn't break it). Reset the post, re-tightened the wire and all was back to normal. They also had one section of board fencing on either side of the gates. But since you're looking for something that LOOKS like board fencing I agree with the others and would choose Centaur and Ramm type fencing.
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                              • #16
                                I have Centaur fencing that is over 25 years old. It still works great, except in certain places where the pony sticks her head though to get the grass when she in confined to the "dry" paddock. Those areas have strenched out on the bottom wire, while the top two are still tight. Have not figured out how to pull the wire though the vinyl to tighten it again. On the north side we have some mildew that won't wash off anymore, even with bleach. Do you think I could paint it after all these years?

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                                • #17
                                  I've put up High Tensile around 140 acres the past two years and love it!!! Looks great, easy to maintain, horses and cattle both respect it, easy to keep hot, and easy to work with. I used all wooden posts and drove them in much more solid then digging and so much faster.
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                                  • #18
                                    Old Equine Lady...try washing the mildew with CLR...it's made specifically for molds, rust, lime, calcium...crap like that.
                                    You can buy a spray can of paint made for plastics...almost all hardware stores carry those in the paint sections. The cans have photos of those cheapo plastic lawn chairs being painted funky colors on it. That should work on Centaur or Ramm type fence I would think.
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                                    Hold onto the bridle!
                                    Jump in the line!
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                                    • #19
                                      LOVE HORSEGUARD! I did my sacrafice paddock with the Horseguard bi-polar tape. We installed it at the end of November, using t-posts (with their covers) and some pressure treated posts for corners and tensioning points. Went up fast and has so far survived two feet of snow and two trees falling on it during the ice storm. The first time the snow slid off the barn roof, both geldings went CHARGING towards the fence and then stopped short, wheeling back. One of them has never been in electric and both very much respect it. Three stands, highest set at 60". As a previous poster said it does have some drawbacks, but best bang for the buck. Plus I like the idea od 600 lb. breaking point... too many nightmare stories out there about electrobraid, etc. not breaking when a horse gets tangled.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by NoDQhere View Post
                                        I'll second the Horse Guard Fence. We have miles of it. It is economical, easy to install and the horses R-E-S-P-E-C-T it. It looks very good on wood posts and is easy to maintain.

                                        Not to change the subject, but what kind of charger are you using with your horse guard fence?

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