Braided electric rope or hi-tensile wire??

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View Poll Results: Braided electric rope or hi tensile wire
braided electric rope 11 57.89%
hi tensile wire 8 42.11%
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    07-11-2012, 08:34 PM
Question Braided electric rope or hi-tensile wire??

My husband and I are having an argument on what kind of fence we should put of for our horses. I've worked with wire my whole life, and I hate it, i've seen some really nasty injuries from it, and if something falls on it or runs through destroys the whole fence!!! Plus i've got a few nasty burns from accidentally walking into it myself So I wanted to try this braided electric rope, and husband doesn't like it (go figure) I talked to a friend of mine and she loves it. If something falls on it just cut it off, and go and re-tighten it. So I just wanted a few opinions on this subject please.
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    07-11-2012, 08:52 PM
I like the rope better. I have used both and the rope is just easier. It does not get twisted when you are working with it and is more visible to both me and the horses. When I used wire, the deer were always running through it. I have not had that problem with the rope. The rope is also easier to store and reuse. For some reason, the wire is like Christmas tree lights to me. You think that you did a good job rolling it up, but when you actually go to use it again, it is a jumbled mess. Rope, all the way!
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    07-11-2012, 08:54 PM
The barn I am at in fall/winter/spring uses hi-tensile and I haven't found any problems with it. I have never used hot wire though.
    07-11-2012, 11:05 PM
Used rope, ribbon and wire. I've learned thro trial and error to use wire for perimeter fenceing and rope or ribbon within the perimeter. Rope and expecially ribbon are susceptible to the forces of the wind whereas wire is not. The wire does not need to be strung tight like barbed wire and on a straight run the posts can be 30-50' apart as long as strong corners are built. The slightly loose wire will move in the wind and the animals will stay a little farther away. Both rope and ribbon have shredded during windy weather. Because I've had moose take my fencing out, I learned to put joins about every hundred feet or so. Sure beats picking up 500 feet of wire and restringing it.
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    07-11-2012, 11:12 PM
It depends, I use both, but for different purposes. Wire electric fencing is wonderful if you want to add it to a permanent fence to keep the animals from rubbing, one strand usually does the job. But, I use braided electric fencing for areas that are standing alone, like to separate the pasture.
    07-11-2012, 11:18 PM
Green Broke
You arnt installing the wire properly if trees falling on it or a horse hitting it is destroying the fence or injuring the horse. FOr permanent fencing you can't beat properly installed high tension wire.
    07-12-2012, 10:26 AM
Yea that's why when my horses were over at my grandfathers they had no regard for the fence, and i've had to fix it enough times to despise it. As for the trees I can't help that i'm surrounded by woodlands, and every now and again a tornado decides to hit the mountain top. Plus being on the 8th highest point in PA we have alot of high wind velocity, which is why we have the wind mills. The wire was only 2 strands, and corners braced, my moms horse wasn't nicknamed dozer for no reason.
The wire we have doesn't seem to last against the elements any longer than 1yr. We've had deer, bear, big cat, and people run through our fences with no concern about the livestock with in.
Thank you guys for the input!!!
    07-12-2012, 11:09 AM
Green Broke
Then you arnt using high tension wire, sounds like your are using that alluminum or cheap flexible crap. High tension wire you need crimps, spring tensioners, and small bolt cutters or really good fencing tools to cut it. I've had horses hit it and it stretches with the springs until the horse stops and backs up. No way they will break it. I also have had trees and what not fall on it. I cut the tree, the wire springs back into place.
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    07-12-2012, 04:32 PM
I'm not sure what it was, my pap put it up, and I was just there to help and get hollered at. It was miserable to fix. I'm not a fan of how it rusts away, then when you need to fix it it breaks into pieces and needs replaced :/
    07-12-2012, 06:46 PM
Green Broke
That aint high tension cable. That's some kinda junk cheap wire. High tension wire does not break or rust. It comes on 4000 foot spools and you need a dolly to spool it out.
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