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3/23/09 - Wood Lot Progress
I got a LOT done this past weekend! The Wood Lot is my current work in progress, located at the other end of the property from the Brook Pasture/Arena Pasture PP.
| It will connect up with the Barn Lot, creating a winding, wooded area with natural obstacles, a high, gravelled area, a low, marshy area, and, of course, the ever-present creek. |
Fencing is complicated at my place. There are no straight lines, the creek is always in the way, and most places I need to get fence to are not accessible by truck!
Perimeter fencing here is, as with the rest of the farm, woven wire farm fence with a barbless top wire.
But the area in front of the cliff (orange fuzz in map) needed special treatment. If the cliff were completely vertical it would be easier, but of course it's not. There are places where the horses might try to explore, and that could get them into trouble. So I needed to fence it off and woven wire was not an option there. Electric, too, was impossible.
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So I strung 2 strands of plain old wire (the kind you use for a top-wire for woven wire fences) across the hill part of the cliff (before it gets TOO steep). I brought it down and around this tree (see photo) due to the exposed roots that create "holes" just waiting for hooves, and back up the hill. I plan to add PVC "dancers" (thin pieces of PVC piping to keep the wire from being pushed apart) soon, as well as rubber tops for the T-posts.
I am hoping this will work well.
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Here is the view from the cliff, looking down into the low area and back up the hill towards the gate (where the gravel is in the map, and where the Bronco is parked in the photo).
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This shot was taken from where the Bronco was, looking down the hill towards the future water gate (you may be able to see the orange tape across the creek). The cliff is to the right.
In the map, above, you can see a small segment of fence that curves around the hill at this location. There is a steep drop-off to my right, and the fence will prevent accidents while also forcing the horses to go around it and make 2 tracks, one to the right and one to the left.
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