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post #11 of 22 Old 03-29-2012, 11:48 PM
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No climb mesh fence- woven wire fence with holes less than 2x4 inches. Not that much money actually, use t-posts for the majority of the fence although wood posts are preferable in high stress areas. I like your idea of separating the horses, just make a separate area of no-climb mesh or something.

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post #12 of 22 Old 04-02-2012, 01:45 PM
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Woven Wire Mesh

With the woven wire mesh, I am having a little trouble understanding what size you are suggesting to use here. When you say "woven wire fence with holes less than 2x4 inches", are you referring to something along the lines of the 2 x 2 or 4 x4 wire mesh seen and sold here? Custom Wire Cloth - Belleville Wire Cloth Co - Cedar Grove, NJ

I was looking at possibly trying something along those lines, but I was not sure if that's what you meant. Also, what alloy would you use? Stainless Steel is obviously the best choice here, but it can get a little pricey. How about galvanized steel?
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post #13 of 22 Old 04-02-2012, 02:44 PM
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My horses are in a pasture with a 5 wire barbedwire fence. As long as the corners are properly installed and the wire is kept tight it WON'T cut a horse. Tight barbwire only scratches a horse and they stay away from it. If they get a leg through tight wire they either will pull it out with little consequence or the wire will break and free the horse. Loose barbwire can get wrapped around a horses leg and saw into the flesh.

I agree with Darrin as far as electric fence goes. If that fence is working properly then you shouldn't be able to drive a horse through it. If you touch it and don't see Jesus then it's not working right.
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post #14 of 22 Old 04-02-2012, 02:58 PM
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I wouldn't use barb but I agree with Kevin. If it is tight it shouldn't do more then a scratch to them. My horse is in 60+ acres which most of it is fenced with barb. He (being young and stupid) decided he wanted to go exploring and tried jumping the wire (which was loose) got a good cut under his armpit and a few good scratches..I hate barb but there is nothing I can do until they remove it all. Thank god my boy didn't need stitches but it was still a pretty nasty cut that was open. It's healing great now but I wouldn't suggest putting barb up unless you want some nice vet bills. And if you absolutely must put it up atleast run some strands of electric up too so they will stay away. Barb is no fun :/
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post #15 of 22 Old 04-02-2012, 03:03 PM
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The costs of GOOD fencing is a little heart-stopping. It took $27K to fence in my 5 acres in 2008, with 5 separate and gated areas. It won't need to be done again in a VERY long time, is safe and the fencing is NOT friendly to any jumper.
If you cannot afford good fencing for a big area, consider fencing your culprets in smaller areas that are escape-proof. We all LOVE seeing our horses run free in acres of turnout but many horses are very happy moving around in even 12 x 20ft enclosures.
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post #16 of 22 Old 04-04-2012, 07:38 PM
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With the woven wire mesh, I am having a little trouble understanding what size you are suggesting to use here. When you say "woven wire fence with holes less than 2x4 inches", are you referring to something along the lines of the 2 x 2 or 4 x4 wire mesh seen and sold here? Custom Wire Cloth - Belleville Wire Cloth Co - Cedar Grove, NJ

I was looking at possibly trying something along those lines, but I was not sure if that's what you meant. Also, what alloy would you use? Stainless Steel is obviously the best choice here, but it can get a little pricey. How about galvanized steel?
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post #17 of 22 Old 04-04-2012, 10:12 PM
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Three strands of electric does a good job. Two hot and the middle is ground. The hot top will will deliver a good shock but the middle is needed is snow areas. With 5 strands there are 3 hot and 2 neutrals or grounds.
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We use poly tape which is I believe what you are using. We made a ground consisting of three long rods into the ground and then connected the ground to out middle strand of polytape which made that a ground as well. The top and bottom lines are hot so when they touch either of them, they get zapped. When they touch the middle strand of polytape( the ground) and one of the other hot strands, they REALLY get zapped. Our pasture there is about 3 acres. We use a solar fencer(a big one) and we don't have issues.

We grounded the middle line because in the winter we were having issues with the snow and the horses not making a complete circuit. They were getting out alot. Overall, polytape is not the best choice by a longshot but, it's what we have and will have til I can redo it. It looks nice, but that is about it

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post #19 of 22 Old 04-06-2012, 10:54 AM
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I use 4 strands of electric braided rope (not the thin twine) with the top and third strand being "hot". We have had it for 2 years in an an area where we get almost every weather extreme imaginable. It works very well but must be installed properly and kept at the recommended tension. I like it because it does "give a little" and is easy to work with. The rope seems to keep the electrical strands quite well protected and intact even where it feeds through the insulators.

The electric tape isn't great as it easily frays and breaks in the wind. I also found that the electric strands within the tape break easily, stopping the flow of current. The tape is also weak where it goes through the insulators because it moves so much and rubs. The insulators themselves that are used for the thicker tape are also not as durable and break easily.

Regardless of what you use, it is very important to buy the very best connectors and insulators that you can get. Don't cheap out on how the fence is anchored to the end posts and tightened. Buy the proper tools to do this. Also, expect to have to check on and maintain any fence on a regular basis and keep supplies on hand to repair it properly (i.e. Splicers, crimpers, etc).
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post #20 of 22 Old 04-14-2012, 09:21 PM
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I would never used barbed wire. Horses don't see it clearly, and can become stuck in it, and that can lead to bad cuts on horses, especially with horses who try to get out often.

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