Originally Posted by patandchickens
OK, sorry, by 'farm fencing' I misunderstood you to mean field fencing (very large mesh woven wire) specifically, as opposed to 'fencing for your farm'
If you can only put the fenceposts in 2', it is worth making your long fencelines (like, more than 100-150') have a 'jog' in them rather than be totally straight. That is, go 100' along, jog over 8' or whatever your post spacing is, and go straight another 100', do the same, etc. This may sound a little odd, and you don't often see it done, but will go a considerable way to prevent your fences gradually leaning over from wind pressure. (And is cheaper than concrete )
It makes sense, we have a 317' frontage onto our street, we were thinking of only concreting those posts that line a road/driveway, so we have something around 60 posts to concrete, which doesn't even end up being THAT much money, of course free being cheaper in the means of "jogging," your posts. So far we have to buy something like 126 posts, since most of the posts on the property were poorly taken care of, and have since... let's say "died," and fallen over. At one point, the farm fencing, the wire mesh, has actually grown into two elm trees, making a lovely high tensile fence, seriously! it's perfect, except that it's in two trees, and farm mesh fencing haha.
We've decided to go and measure a fence at our old boarding place, just to make sure we can do the 10' spacing, but as I say... we've never once had an issue with horses going to the fences, infact we like to discourage them from going to them at all. We've always introduced our electric fencing to our horses, so they know its there, and won't go near it. It makes life loads easier, and plus lets keep in mind we're only having 5 horses on the property 5 who will be out 24/7 for the first year or so, and then possibly in stalls at night, because we have yet to renovate our bank barn so the stalls are well... enclosed properly and not falling apart. The previous owner obviously roughed it. However, I have been to, and seen fencing for horses that's been practically on the ground, with a bit of electric wire around it, and the horses couldn't give a crap about it, they just don't want anything to do with it. I guess there is much of a difference between farmer standards, and horse people standards because the riding school on our street, that's about 20 farms away has the crappest looking, falling down fencing, with a bit of electric tape around it, I have ever seen, yet the rest of the place is pristine, and the horses are never near the fence.
Plus, it helps we're there almost all hours of the day, a break-out is pretty unlikely to happen when nearly all the windows in your house have a view of the paddocks I suppose horses are like chickens, if they get bored, SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.