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post #1 of 33 Old 10-11-2010, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Electric Fencing questions

Hello guys, new to the forum and I am wanting to get a horse by next year summer at the latest. I want to start working on my property in next coming months and first doing a stable then working on the pasture. I saw some white tape electric fence and they have the 1/2 inch one and the 1 and 1/2 inch. I have to double check as to the cost and footage of each but was wondering if I could possibly use the 1/2 inch and just use maybe 2 strands?

Once again I have to see how much is on the roll and the cost. I do know that the pasture for the horse is going to be about 150 ft long by about 75 ft wide. The stable is going to be about 10 x 16 and the fencing around the stable about 20 ft by 10. I might put electric tape along the extension to the stable but as for the front portion of the extension, most likely wood.


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Hi there,
I have a pasture with electric fence made of the tape that you are mentioning. I have two strands, and my horses have never escaped (in 5 years). I would advice you to choose the smallest tape as the wider one tends to catch the wind a lot and also, if you live in an area with snowy winters, it can carry a surprising amount of snow!
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Hi there,
I have a pasture with electric fence made of the tape that you are mentioning. I have two strands, and my horses have never escaped (in 5 years). I would advice you to choose the smallest tape as the wider one tends to catch the wind a lot and also, if you live in an area with snowy winters, it can carry a surprising amount of snow!
Best of luck withe the work - and the horse!
thanks. It seems like the smaller one would be more susceptible to the wind lol? But I was thinking of using the smaller one anyway. Can you possibly post pics for me if you get time?

If you want I can pm you my email? Let me know.

Thanks,
Charles
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You could put the top strand as the white tape and use regular wire fencing as the second strand. We've never had a problem with horses escaping. Make sure when you are putting up the fence that you use insulators....otherwise you will be potentially be grounding the fence and not making it work.

Some places also run a bit of the wire across the top of a wooden fence so that the horses wont chew on it.

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We did two strands of the wide tape. We think it is more visible. But we made 3 different spots to tighten if needed. We were going to do the top strand wide and two strands thin under. But it worked out with two wide strands. I guess we will find out how this all will pan out when we go thru our winter but we are new to fencing. At least electric. I added a pic but not sure if you can see much.
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We did two strands of the wide tape. We think it is more visible. But we made 3 different spots to tighten if needed. We were going to do the top strand wide and two strands thin under. But it worked out with two wide strands. I guess we will find out how this all will pan out when we go thru our winter but we are new to fencing. At least electric. I added a pic but not sure if you can see much.
Looks good and thanks for the reply and pics. Thanks to all who replied
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I use Centaur HTP Fencing (4 Strand) over 7 acres. It doesn't get any better. "0" maintenance in 4 years after the original tightening the first summer. It's truly amazing stuff.
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I have an area about the size you are wanting to enclose fenced with the 1 1/2 inch wide tape and I only use 1 strand of it. I have yet to have any of my horses even attempt to get out through it. It does catch more wind than the thinner ones but the basic rule of thumb is that the wider the tape, the closer you need to put your posts. Mine are around 10-12 feet apart. If you are likely going to have your posts 20 to 25 feet apart, you might look at electric rope fencing.


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If you are likely going to have your posts 20 to 25 feet apart, you might look at electric rope fencing.
I was skeptical at first, but I've really come to like the electric rope fencing. It's easy to put up, not expensive, and you can put the posts pretty far apart. 5+ years without any escapes.

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I have an area about the size you are wanting to enclose fenced with the 1 1/2 inch wide tape and I only use 1 strand of it. I have yet to have any of my horses even attempt to get out through it. It does catch more wind than the thinner ones but the basic rule of thumb is that the wider the tape, the closer you need to put your posts. Mine are around 10-12 feet apart. If you are likely going to have your posts 20 to 25 feet apart, you might look at electric rope fencing.

how close will they get to the fence? I ask cause if say you was showing someone the horses and wanted to bring the horse up close to the fence and let the person pet him, I was wondering if the horse would put its head over the tape?
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