Inquiring minds wanted to know who, in this economy, could afford such a lavish entrance when it's all many of us can do to remain living indoors. I emailed the contractor's website, but received no answer. Ha! That's because it's HIS — Clayton Boyd's — place. If you check out his website, you'll see this guy's in a sweet position to build one hell of a place for himself. His company can do a lot of the high dollar work.
On my way home yesterday, I stopped and talked to the lone welder working on this impressive expanse of pipe and cable fence. Look in the upper right quadrant of this pic and you can see the entrance. See the mounded dirt on the far side of the fence? That's where they are excavating for the house and/or barn. In the upper left is the modest ranchette diagonal to this property.
Pipe and cable ain't cheap. Most folks around here do the visible parts in pipe and cable and the rest with T-posts and either barbed wire or hot fence. And people generally don't go to this expense unless there will be horses, but as Mike says, "Well, everybody around here has horses." Yes, yes, they do.
And check out this ... whatever it is. I'd say it's a stock tank, but I've never seen one this big or this deep, which you can't really see from either of these photos. It took almost a week for the dozers to dig this hole.