Adding a Couple Inches to a Fence

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    08-19-2012, 06:35 AM
Adding a Couple Inches to a Fence

I'm moving on to a small property where I can keep my horses- 2 of them.

(Also, I'm getting a second horse! )


The perimeter fence on the property is 4', with the fence posts being only slightly above that. Taking out the fence isn't an option (I'm only renting a carriage house!) but I'm hoping there is some alternative to building a completely new fence inside the perimeter!

The fence right now is a 3-board and rail fence. Is there some type of long insulator I could add on top (for an electric strand) to add a few inches?

Other options are still viable at this point!

I'm planning all the cross fencing to be 5', but am drawing a blank on this short fence!

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    08-19-2012, 07:37 AM

The longest Wood Fence Insulator I have seen is 5"

Have no experience with using them vertically on top of a fence for extra height


    08-19-2012, 07:39 AM
If you run a hot wire along the top, you really shouldn't have any problem with a 4' fence.
    08-19-2012, 04:11 PM
Run a hot wire on top and bottom rails and you'll be good.
    08-19-2012, 09:34 PM
I would run a hot wire around the top. They won't get close enough to notice the short fence.
    08-19-2012, 09:42 PM
All of my fencing is t-posts with no-climb (4') and about half has a strand of barb wire on the top....we just moved in in November and haven't scraped money together yet for pipe fencing.....mine don't have any issues with any of the fencing....not even in the places where there isn't barbed wire.

I did see that you can also run a slick wire across the top. I guess it will all depend on the horses. Mine don't bother the fences but I have seen other people post about their escape artists.
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    08-20-2012, 01:39 AM
I think I will feel more comfortable with a hotwire along the top- I was just always told that 4'6" was the shortest a fence should be.

So multiple people here use 4' fencing with no issue? Perhaps it will be okay then.
    08-20-2012, 08:24 AM
Standard hot wire post (not a T post) is 4' before you put it in the ground, never had a problem keeping cows or horses in with it. I only use T posts for the corners. Secret is setting up and maintaining a good, hot fence.
    08-20-2012, 09:33 AM
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All my fencing is 4 foot. Pretty much all I have ever seen.
    08-20-2012, 04:37 PM
Originally Posted by Darrin    
Standard hot wire post (not a T post) is 4' before you put it in the ground, never had a problem keeping cows or horses in with it. I only use T posts for the corners. Secret is setting up and maintaining a good, hot fence.
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
all my fencing is 4 foot. Pretty much all I have ever seen.
That's really odd, as it seems around here, all fences are 5 feet around these parts! I'll set up a nice hot wire and stop losing sleep over it then!

Also, Joe4d, are your fences electric or board?

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