If it was square, it would be about 140' x 170'. It is really more of a trapezoid, following the contours of the land and our access road. It is just the first of many acres of fencing, and it feels good to have it done.
This is not going to be a 'how to,' as I assume most readers already know how to build a fence, or don't care to know. What I will do is note what I learned, in the hopes that it can save someone a bit of time, or result in a comment that shows me a better way.
This is the best fence I have ever built. Far from perfect, but a big step forward for me. One thing I struggled with was attaching the fencing to the inside of the posts. Not nearly as fast and easy as putting it on the outside of the posts, but stronger and safer for animals, especially horses.
Part of the challenge of putting the fencing on the inside is wrapping the corners.
It involves a lot of time cutting vertical wire to release the horizontal strands, then attaching the horizontals to the post. Phoebe and several others asked why I was using side-cutters to cut the wire, instead of usinga fencing tool.
I mistakenly thought the fencing tool's wire cutters were as lame as its hammer. When I finally tried it, after hours of cutting, I found how wrong I was. Another lesson learned.
This is the first time I had to use a dummy post. I only needed it once, and it worked well. The rest of the time I was able to pull from another H across a gate opening, or from the trailer hitch on my car.
This is the last time I will be using my old fence stretcher. Next time I will buy a come-along or two. It will save me a few steps and a chunk of time on the stretching.
I used aircraft cable for the first time, to connect my various bits. It was a big time saver, and not too expensive.