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  • Horses don't stay inside of electric rope

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    11-07-2010, 03:46 PM
I have two pastures with one top strand of 1.5 tape and 2 strands of polywire under that. I have never had an escape through the electric. (I did have a mare that learned to open the gate but that has nothing to do with the electric part) I used 5 1/2 foot t-posts for both, but I wish I had done 6 foot. I would also add that you should use the t-post toppers that are designed to hold the tape, like the first picture not the second.

The new pasture that I am about to do will have 6 foot posts and all 3 strands in the wide tape. I am doing the strands of tape different for asthetic reasons. Also I have sections wooden board fence around the gates. This avoids having the horses hit the electric when being lead in and out of the gate, then associating you with the shock. (I have had this problem at other places)

I have seen 2 strands of the 1/2 inch used, but they did have escape problems. I would advise against using just one strand. This is a very cheap fencing method already and adding another couple strands would not raise the price too much for the amount of fence you are doing. I would play it safe with at least 3 strands.
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    11-07-2010, 04:04 PM
I would never use a permanent pasture that didn't have a secure perimeter fence - For me that is at least a wire fence with 4 strands and I prefer a strand of barb or hotwire on top.

I would only use tape inside the secure perimeter to rotate and cut up the paddock - Which is what we do now.

It depends on the horse - All our horses but one stay inside one strand of electric rope stuff.

However Latte just lines it up and bolts out underneath it. She only stays in as long as she wants - But because we have a secure perimeter, it isn't a safety issue.
    11-10-2010, 10:19 AM
We just built a horse fence on our acreage using 6 ft posts pounded in to 4 feet and 4 strands of electric rope spaced about 8-10" apart. The rope is very much like the electrobraid, but a little more durable for our dramatic changes in seasonal temperature. It is also quite visible. I have the top and third strand electrified with the second and bottom strand grounded. After only a couple of weeks, the horses know exactly where the fence is. They will reach across to be petted, but are very careful of the top strand. I don't know if this is true or not, but someone told me they can sense the fence is on through their whiskers. At any rate, the fence looks good, was inexpensive to put up, is as safe as any and the horses respect it well.

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