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    12-28-2012, 07:17 PM
  #11
Yearling
Well.... I don't want to get zapped but I was wondering if it was ok to have only one wire on your fence. Or should you have two? Please tell me.
     
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    12-28-2012, 07:22 PM
  #12
Green Broke
One wire is fine.
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    12-28-2012, 07:25 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
One wire is fine.
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Oh Good! I really don't feel like stringing another wire in that cold!
     
    12-28-2012, 07:36 PM
  #14
Trained
Electric fences don't work so well in the winter in the snow, for whatever reason.
     
    12-28-2012, 07:47 PM
  #15
Foal
Most folks know this but thought I'd mentioned after re-reading all post on this thread. Though way more expensive the best ground rods are copper or copper clad and not re-bar or steel post down in ground. Seen people use the latter of all different types of metal. When knocking ground rods in ground wear eye protection.

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    12-28-2012, 10:07 PM
  #16
Foal
What do you mean by only having one wire on your fence exactly? If you mean you have run hot wire around a wood or high tensile fence then yes, one wire should suffice. But if you mean there is only one wire between your horse and total freedom then I would recommend adding one if not more strands, for your horses safety and that of anyone who could get hurt should your horse get out, especially if you are having issues with him touching it and not getting shocked.
     
    12-29-2012, 10:26 AM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Blue Smoke    
What do you mean by only having one wire on your fence exactly? If you mean you have run hot wire around a wood or high tensile fence then yes, one wire should suffice. But if you mean there is only one wire between your horse and total freedom then I would recommend adding one if not more strands, for your horses safety and that of anyone who could get hurt should your horse get out, especially if you are having issues with him touching it and not getting shocked.
He has never escaped so im not too worried as long as the fence works. The wire is up to his chest, so how should he come out? And yes, there is only one wire between him and freedom.
     
    12-29-2012, 11:16 AM
  #18
Green Broke
This is not very safe, fence working or not......
The " he never"......,"I've never seen him do"s work only for so long. He could be eating under the wire, and if there is juice, get jolted far enough back on his back that he shies away forward from it and is out....buh buy......
     
    12-29-2012, 11:41 AM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Blue Smoke    
What do you mean by only having one wire on your fence exactly? If you mean you have run hot wire around a wood or high tensile fence then yes, one wire should suffice. But if you mean there is only one wire between your horse and total freedom then I would recommend adding one if not more strands, for your horses safety and that of anyone who could get hurt should your horse get out, especially if you are having issues with him touching it and not getting shocked.
One wire is plenty if the fence is working.

Several things can cause your fence not to be working, here's some things to check.
-Bad ground as already discussed.
-Grass, limbs, snow or anything else that is touching your fence will ground it out. Walk your fence and make sure absolutely nothing is touching the wire but insulators.
-Insulators that are dirty, snow covered, draped in spider webs or anything else that can cause a path from your wire to pole can cause a fence to ground out. While walking the fence looking for above, check each and every insulator too. Keep a few in your pocket as a just in case, beats treking back to the barn for supplies. Experience has taught me that if a insulator starts to get cracks in it from the sun it's time to change it as it will be causing problems shortly if not already.
-Bad charger is not uncommon and just because the light is blinking doesn't mean it's working. Get a tester (or be brave and use your finger), disconnect the hot wire (leave ground on) and test right there. If it's hot your charger is good, if not there's your problem.
-If everything checks yet you are still having problems you'll have to break your fence down into sections by snipping the wire (I usually do this at the corners but anywhere is good). Hook one section up at a time starting closest to your charger and using your fence tester. When it goes from good to bad you now know in what section you are having problems. What I've found doing this is mostly it is caused by a bad insulator or two. Couple times it was caused by old steel wire that was corroded.
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    12-29-2012, 11:50 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
This is not very safe, fence working or not......
The " he never"......,"I've never seen him do"s work only for so long. He could be eating under the wire, and if there is juice, get jolted far enough back on his back that he shies away forward from it and is out....buh buy......
I've kept horses in single strand electric fences all my life. If done right there will be no issues, horses simply wont challenge them. People have problems for two reasons, the fence wasn't built right to begin with and second they don't properly maintain their fence. Why? Because horses are pretty **** sensitive to electricity and absolutely hate getting shocked.

Cows, goats and sheep are a different story. Electricity doesn't bother them as much. That means they'll walk right through a fence that isn't very hot. Some will even go through one that is hot and shrug off the zaps, sell the ones like that as you'll never keep them in.
     

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