Come spring I'll be fencing in a few acres of open pasture for my goats. I'm trying to figure out what the best fence would be. I can't chance them getting out and getting hit by a car or deciding that someones expensive and shiny car would be a wonderful place to play king of the hill. I had planed on putting up a post and rail type fence and then running three lines of electric fence between the rails (one at the bottom, middle, and top.) But my father is not happy about the electric fence part of that, he is terrified that it will be a fire hazard and can't be told otherwise on the issue. So I'm wondering if I can still use the post and rail fence idea with more boards closer together near the bottom and widening as I go up, and then adding chicken wire or field fence to the inside to prevent any one from climbing the boards or slipping between them? If that would work how tall does it need to be, I have Nigerians. If that doesn't sound like its going to cut it can someone tell me what they have for a fence this big besides electric, maybe post a pic of your fences if you can.