horses and goat fencing

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My experience with 4x4 fence and horses is that the horses destroy it stepping on it, particularly when they are trying to eat the grass on the other side. Never had a horse get caught or injured in it, but that is probably only because the fence didn稚 last long enough.
 
  
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Do you think that the 3x3 spacing is enough to keep horses from destroying it? Now that I'm really getting into seeing what's out there and educating myself on the choices, it seems like the 2x4 is the most common. I just haven't found it with a class 3 galvanized finish or in high tensile. Both seem to be important in how long the fence lasts.

I've never regretting spending more for the best, but I do have a history of regretting it when I spend less for something.
 

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I don't know if they still stock it but about five years ago I got class III 2x4 from Kencove. It was 48" which may not be enough for horses.
 
  
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https://kencove.com/fence/2+x+4+Woven+Horse+Fence_detail_WH4.php

I've been looking for something like this locally. It meets two out of three goals. Class 3 and 2x4 spacing. It's not high tensile, and from what I'm reading, high tensile is a lot better quality of metal. Shipping for one roll is estimated to be an additional $150 from their website. If I could find it locally, I might be tempted.
 
  
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Problem with welded wire, or wire mesh, is that it doesn't follow the contour of the ground like woven wire does. It is also easy to break the welds when tightening it, or when something large, like a horse, hits it. It's a lot cheaper, but not what I want to do 5,000 feet of.

I was at Lowes yesterday and looked at their Redbrand 2x4 horse fence. It's nice, it's cheap, but it's Class 1, which is the lowest level of galvanizing. I've seen a lot of rusted out fencing and I know that's what this will do in ten years or less.

They also had 4 foot tall, 50 foot long, 11.5 gauge, cyclone fencing for $64, or $1.28 a linear foot that kind of got me to thinking, but then when you add in all the other hardware, it becomes too expensive, and probably not a good idea.
 

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This is who I used. Its been up for about 10 years.

staytuff dot com

Its sold by McCoys in Tyler.

I've really been happy with it. Fence wire3.JPG
 
  
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If you have the potential for trees/limbs to fall on it get high tensile.

When my neighbor bought his land, the very first thing that he did was hire a fencing company to run five strand barb wire around his property and also divide it into pastures. I believe he said that he got a deal at a buck a foot for them to do this and he spent over $30,000

Every winter, the pine trees drop branches on it and by the time Spring arrives, he has a dozen areas that have been destroyed. He has never had any livestock, he changed his mind on that and leaves all his gates wide open. Every couple of years he'll fix the fence, but it's never ending with the trees. So far, he has not done anything about the trees that are causing all his issues.

His lesson has made it very clear to me that the trees have to be removed before installing the fence. Where I am going to install this, I'm almost done removing trees. The more trees that I remove, the more I like my place!!!
 

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When my neighbor bought his land, the very first thing that he did was hire a fencing company to run five strand barb wire around his property and also divide it into pastures. I believe he said that he got a deal at a buck a foot for them to do this and he spent over $30,000

Every winter, the pine trees drop branches on it and by the time Spring arrives, he has a dozen areas that have been destroyed. He has never had any livestock, he changed his mind on that and leaves all his gates wide open. Every couple of years he'll fix the fence, but it's never ending with the trees. So far, he has not done anything about the trees that are causing all his issues.

His lesson has made it very clear to me that the trees have to be removed before installing the fence. Where I am going to install this, I'm almost done removing trees. The more trees that I remove, the more I like my place!!!

My experience with high tensile fence wire is that a tree that falls on it doesn't damage anything, in fact when you cut said tree on each side of the fence it will spring back up and into place as if nothing had ever been on it.
Also keep in mind that while it has spring tension up it will send branches flipping and flying when they are detattched from the tree.
 
 
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