How to build simple wire fences for horses or pasture.
Put the two end posts up and then use the first(top) wire
or a string to line up the holes of the rest of the posts. I put them 4
paces apart. Horses get horse fencing or barless wire. Cattle, goats,
sheep get a barbed fort. Deer get horse or orchard fencing.
Ok, you want to build a fence to keep your horses, dogs,
kids in. With horses the fence needs to be within a horse neck of the
road. They have a tendency to lay the fence over if there's a lot of
feed along the roadside and they can't reach it. You will not have to
mow. People will not have room to park there and ignite the weeds with
their exhaust. If you have dogs and kids you can pull it back a little
but the parking in weeds is still a problem and you'll need to mow or
weed eat along it so make it easy to access. Fence goes up once, mowing
happens every year. Also every bend has to be braced, you have to build
straight lines. If you have a map of the parcel or lot, the fence gets
drawn in with a ruler, not free hand or with a compass.
Be careful not to move the string as you
put your posts in. Height doesn't matter at first, I use chin height
against the tamp. When you clip your top wire you can tamp down the
ones that are way too high.