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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Electric Fencing Tensioners & Burdocks!!

I have had it up to here with burdocks!! I have seriously had it! I mow and mow and mow and they are finding burrs SOMEWHERE!! Now our pasture is about an acre, maybe less, for my Hackney Pony and 26yr old Mini Mare. Both tails and manes are so tight with burrs I think I have no choice but to chop it off. Fly season is over so I don't feel so bad other than they look horrible with no tails and manes. I had to do this last year too. Anyone know of any tips that will help KILL these things? (burdocks, not horses!! LOL) I think I have no choice this year but to cut them. Whatever I use on the pasture has to be safe for them because that's their only pasture. We have more acreage, it's just getting hubby to agree to put the posts in because I can't(high risk pregnancy, not wimp). Also we have only a run in shed for them so there is no containment other than tieing with lead ropes.


Other issue, the fence has begun to sag between posts and is getting too low and bugs me. I am wondering what you ladies/guys use to tighten your fencing that is pre-existing. I see Tractor Supply sells tensioners

Fi-Shock™ Line Tightener - Tractor Supply Online Store

This one in particular, but anyone know if this can be used on my existing fence or is it only on new fencing?

Thanks for any advice! Our set up is not ideal but it works for us, we only have them as pets because I can't ride for a while and really am not suppose to even work them but still try to lunge the pony once a week or so to get his antics out and remind him of who I am and what I want.
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I have had it up to here with burdocks!! I have seriously had it! I mow and mow and mow and they are finding burrs SOMEWHERE!! Now our pasture is about an acre, maybe less, for my Hackney Pony and 26yr old Mini Mare. Both tails and manes are so tight with burrs I think I have no choice but to chop it off. Fly season is over so I don't feel so bad other than they look horrible with no tails and manes. I had to do this last year too. Anyone know of any tips that will help KILL these things? (burdocks, not horses!! LOL) I think I have no choice this year but to cut them. Whatever I use on the pasture has to be safe for them because that's their only pasture. We have more acreage, it's just getting hubby to agree to put the posts in because I can't(high risk pregnancy, not wimp). Also we have only a run in shed for them so there is no containment other than tieing with lead ropes.


Other issue, the fence has begun to sag between posts and is getting too low and bugs me. I am wondering what you ladies/guys use to tighten your fencing that is pre-existing. I see Tractor Supply sells tensioners

Fi-Shock™ Line Tightener - Tractor Supply Online Store

This one in particular, but anyone know if this can be used on my existing fence or is it only on new fencing?

Thanks for any advice! Our set up is not ideal but it works for us, we only have them as pets because I can't ride for a while and really am not suppose to even work them but still try to lunge the pony once a week or so to get his antics out and remind him of who I am and what I want.

Olive oil in the manes and tails and patience to work them out will solve your problem. A friend of mine figures it takes about 5 carrots and 2 Pepsi's per horse. Soak the mane and tail with the olive oil and let them stand in the sun for about 30 mins. Then work from the bottom up (wear gloves so the burrs don't destroy your fingers).

Rangestar sprayed late in fall and early in spring before the burdock flowers will wipe that burdock right out and is safe for grazing.
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The only way I've ever found to remove burdocks is to spray them with Roundup - you mow them and they just grow back from the root because they're a perennial weed. I've tried digging them up and found that they still grow back if you leave even just a tiny bit of root behind

Not sure about your sagging wire - its likely stretching as it ages and also with weather conditions. If you use wooden bracing posts at the corners its easier to keep it tight
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There are many threads about this. I use corn oil bc it's cheap and it works AND it won't dry out manes and tails. You can read the posts on my two identical threads on 2 forums and I hope it helps you.
I don't have to cut manes and tails anymore and my two 7yo's have gotten REALLY GOOD at letting me remove them, so there is a silver lining.

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Wire Tensioners

As far as tensioners are concerned, I was using the ones you mentioned from TSC (photo+2) on the electric rope at our place, however they are made of plastic, and I was having problems with them breaking, especially in cold weather. Replacing them also required breaking the line in order to replace them since the rope threads through the plastic. I just recently got some of the 'Jakes Wire Tighteners' (photo+1) jakeswiretighteners.com . These are real easy to add to a wire or rope, and they can be tightened repeatedly as needed if the wire/rope stretches more. (However they would not work on the HD high tension livestock wire. TSC has specific winches for that wire.) Valley Vet had the best price on these as well as the handle for the Jakes tighteners.
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Since the wire should slide in the insulators, I just undo one end and pull it tight. It's not violin tight but it's tight enough. Electric should move a little, it keeps the animals away from it.
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