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        02-08-2012, 09:14 PM
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    Yearling
    We use 4 strands of white electric rope and love it. It works great, is inexpensive, looks good, easy to install and easy to maintain. We do electrify 2 of the 4 strands (only 1 in winter), and the horses respect it, even when the power is off.
         
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        02-08-2012, 09:51 PM
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    Originally Posted by Koolio    
    We use 4 strands of white electric rope and love it. It works great, is inexpensive, looks good, easy to install and easy to maintain. We do electrify 2 of the 4 strands (only 1 in winter), and the horses respect it, even when the power is off.
    Is the electric rope easy to fix if it's broken? Does it splice in easily and does it look good and hold when it's fixed?
         
        02-08-2012, 10:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Is the electric rope easy to fix if it's broken? Does it splice in easily and does it look good and hold when it's fixed?
    Depends on what type you use. If you use the twine electric, the thin stuff the width of baler twine, yes, that is very easy to fix when broken, I just tie it, and although it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, it doesn't look to bad. I use it in all but one of my pastures. It breaks more easily, but in my opinion is good, as I would rather have my horse get tangled up in it and break, rather than having her stay in there.. If you use the thicker rope stuff, it rarely breaks, meaning if the horse got tangled in it, it wouldn't break to easy. It is pretty hard to tie as it is pretty thick, but I believe they sell things that you can use to put them back together. One of my pastures has this.

    The twine holds well when it is tied up, never tried those metal things that you use for the rope though.
         
        02-12-2012, 06:33 PM
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Is the electric rope easy to fix if it's broken? Does it splice in easily and does it look good and hold when it's fixed?
    I have not had anything break. The rope is pretty tough stuff, so it would take something major to break it. As for joining two pieces, there are special clamps that you use to splice it. They hold well and look good. They also allow you to tighten the fence from any place there is a clamp quite easily. One style simply uses a screw and the other a nut and bolt. I've used both and they both work well. I keep a half dozen or so on hand just in case I want to change the fencing or add additional cross fencing.

    In a pinch, you can tie the rope as well. It just doesn't look as nice with a bit knot in your fence. I have tied mine where I have it set up as a temporary section and the current still flows just fine.
         

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