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    • 1 Post By BigGirlsRideWarmbloods

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        05-23-2013, 10:37 AM

    I'm going to be getting a yearling in a couple weeks and ny fence is currently one wire stand along with a poly wire along with it. I know I'm going to have to do something different with a young horse but with my horse being so young, I've never had to have anything different. How many strands should I have for her? How tall should the fence be? What kind of fence posts? What kind of gate? For the gate I have just a wire thing that I have to unclip.
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        05-24-2013, 01:44 PM
    If its hot, three strands is fine but 4 is better.

    I personally recommended hydraulically pounded wood fence posts. You CAN use metal T or you posts but you MUST cover the tops, or you are just asking for puncture wounds.

    I would go with the 5-6 foot post for a 4-4 1/2 foot fence.

    I also HIGHLY recomend buying the white fluttering fence flags like these from Valley Vet:

    Fence-Flags Generic (Electric Fencing - Accessories)

    They hang from the wire and provide a stronger visual cue. I'm super crafty and tried to make some out of plastic sheeting and paper clips b/c that's really all they are, but eventually I just bought a couple of packs b/c hand cutting and then hole punching each individual one was harder than one would think.

    They just reinforce the fencing and b/c young horses have a tendency to get frequent cases of the zoomies, and they're not awesome at stoping and /or judging distance, the flags help them see the boundries from a distance.
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        05-24-2013, 01:46 PM
    Good idea thanks much:)
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        05-24-2013, 01:49 PM
    Also for the gate.i like the elastic bungee type myself but with a young horse you may need to run 3-4 strands of "gate" as they tend to still believe they are small enough to slip under a single gate strand, even when it's hot.

    My yearling boy did it all the time before I fixed it. He would slip under and get a shock but he didn't care b/c, you know ... grass and freedom...
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        05-24-2013, 02:03 PM
    Haha okay
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        05-24-2013, 02:25 PM
    Agree with flags. If it's easily visible, electrified, and they can't go under it, you should be fine. We actually use 2 strands of electrified white polyrope (and elastic bungee gates) and never had problems with 3 day old foals. After they touch it with their nose a couple of times, they've learned.
    ...and yes, the young ones do get the zoomies...
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        05-24-2013, 02:27 PM
    Haha thanks !
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