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  • How to electrify bottom fence
  • Field fence with electric at bottom

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    09-02-2013, 10:47 PM
Electric Fencing...Bottom line

I have wood posts with field fencing in the "pasture" (no climb in her "mud/dry lot"). I ran a strip of electric at the top of the field fence to prevent my horse from leaning over and pushing it down.. The field fence is roughly 3-4in elevated off the ground, so I think I would like to place a line of electric fence towards the bottom to prevent her from eating underneath it and bending it upwards. But how high or low should this line go? I am paranoid she will get her leg caught in it if its to low or it wont work if its to high. Also I live in Indiana snow and snow drifts can be a problem. I assume snow drifts will prevent electric current? I plan on "jumping" the top line and lower line with a vertical connection between the two to electrify both "levels". Does any one have advise?
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    09-02-2013, 11:37 PM
I replied to the other post you asked this question on but also wanted to add that adding electric to the inside of your existing fencing should pretty much deter her from getting close to it at all.

How many inches do you usually get of snow? Here in SE Ohio we only get up to about 6-12" so I have never had to deal with really big snow drifts. Mine is set about 12-14" off the ground and works well for smaller animals and my horses are very respectful of the electric so they don't even get close to it or try to eat under it.

My reply from the other thread you posted on: I would use something like what I inked below to keep your horses away your existing fence. It will give you a 5" gap between the electric and other fencing, lessening the chance your horse trying to lean or paw the fence.


    09-02-2013, 11:44 PM
We I would say we get about the same. I wouldnt think it would drift in this area but I honestly did not pay attention last year because we didnt have the fence up. Its been such a pain this electric fence! I just am ready to have it up and would despise having to revamp it next year ha ha! My fence is roughly 49in tall (~4ft) from ground to wire top. Would 1/2 way up prevent her from chewing under? She seems terrified to get near the electric that's already up. So she know what it is and to stay away from it. She barely will extend her nose for you to pet it through the gate.
    09-02-2013, 11:53 PM
Would snow stop electric current? My main electric source would be at the top and would form a "circle" with the bottom line. If the snow stops the current on the bottom would it enable the top useless? Probably over thinking this as my husband says. I just wanna do it right and not screw it up. First timer with electric ha ha.
    09-03-2013, 12:08 AM
I would think the fence would melt the snow before it got buried but you could always temporarily unhook the bottom line from the power source if it ever did get buried (if not I would say it would ground out your fence). If she already has a healthy fear of your fence I should think half way down/ 24" would deter her from eating under it. If you want to be absolutely sure about it though measure her head from nose to the top of her ears and add a few inches, there is no way she will get close with those sensitive ears!!! Lol
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    09-03-2013, 10:29 PM
Thank you all for the great advise! The fencing is up and working wonderfully so far! And looks great! What a relief! Now we only have 400 more wooden posts to set! Farm work never ends!
    09-03-2013, 10:36 PM
Great since of accomplishment...esp when a one day job turned into a 3 day one!
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    09-03-2013, 10:56 PM
Your welcome. Your fence looks great by the way. I love how the wire panels are on the other side of the fence posts giving you a bigger space between the two. I forgot to ask, how many acres are you fencing in? I did about 10 acres last summer and split it up into 3 different lots. I wanted to cry by the time we got it done. We had a lot of big rolling hills though!!! I'm envious of your flat pasture!
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    09-03-2013, 11:10 PM
We have a total of 10 acres...we are doing a property line fence along with the small pasture you see above, a mud/dry lot which is behind me and about a 1/3 of the size , and another pasture which will be on the right of the picture above and about double the "small" pasture size. We are will also be planting hay here soon too which will be awesome! we have about 400 more wooden posts to drill holes for and set. Along with the fencing to stretch...next summer will be busy to...but when its all done it will feel great! An ill be having a BIG drink to toast to that!
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