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post #1 of 10 Old 09-12-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Electric fence inside the barn?

Hey everyone! I was just wondering if its possible to put a line or two of electric tape inside of the barn to section the horse off from an area that I don't want him to be able to get into?

Currently, there is pasture behind and to the side of my barn, so I have a fence that is flush with the front of the barn, and then it goes back and wraps around. So basically, my entire barn is on the inside of the electric fence except for the very front wall. This way, the animals can go in and out of their part of the barn as they please. So, I was just wondering if it would be a bad idea to run a strand or two inside the barn, does anyone have any input on this??

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone?? No one has ever considered this or done this or heard of this??
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 07:28 PM
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Unless there is lots of space for horses to move around in the barn, I would be hesitant to electrify inside. Basically if a horse does get a jolt, you would expect it to run or jump away. You will need to consider whether there is enought space for a horse to safely do so. Also, if one the horses know a fence is electrified, they tend to give it some space. Would this prevent your horses from comfortably standing in the barn?
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 07:35 PM
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It might teach them to fear the barn......
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 07:50 PM
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^That's what I'm thinking. I wouldn't do it if it were me; maybe try a tube gate? Secured to posts, of course
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! Yea, upon further investivation a tube gate seems to be the better route...plus getting one with a built in gate would make it much easier to get in and out of the area (for me). How wide should an electric fence "pathway" be? He has a large pasture area behind the barn, and then the door that he will be using to get into the barn is on the side, so I extended the fence to go around this opening, but Im hoping that I gave him enough room where he won't be afraid to go in this passway area to get into the barn. I think its about 15 feet from the barn door opening to the fence.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 08:19 PM
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15 feet sounds like plenty of room if it's just one horse.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, good! Thanks! :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 08:53 PM
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No problems : D
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-14-2010, 10:30 PM
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I dunno. I did this for a while in my barn. I had a horse that would lean on my gate inside and once actually knocked it right off its pins (12 foot gate!). So I strung electric wire on it and had no further problems. 'Course the horse was well conditioned to electric fence already and just never went near the gate again after that.
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