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    09-02-2013, 02:21 AM
Green Broke

My grandmother is looking to buy 130 acres in northern az. I was trying to think of better fencing options then the existing barbed wire (Hate barbed wire and horses). IDK if electric tape fence would work, as my horse has never seen one, and any other animals might not pay attention to it (the elk might just walk through it).
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    09-02-2013, 07:42 AM
Green Broke
Leave the barbwire, use 4" standoff insulators on the existing posts, then run 2 strands of electorfied braided cord, NOT tape. Tape sucks, to much wind drag and allways looks bad, as unless the ground is perfectly level one side will always be loose. The 1/4 " electric cord is way mo better. Add an electric charger to keep the horses off the barbwire. Its also pretty strong and visible.
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    09-02-2013, 07:31 PM
Yes, you can use the insulators that extend from the pole so that the horses can't get near the barbed wire. Since your horse hasn't been kept in electric fence before, make sure to walk him along the fence line so he knows where his boundaries are. Once he realizes that he'll get shocked if he touches it, he should stay off of it.
    09-02-2013, 08:45 PM
Green Broke
I have used the tape and the braided wire, the tape I prefer is wide..2 " tape. As with any
Type of hot wire,you do have to check it on a regular basis. If you go with the braided wire, check it for how many strands of wire are in it, the more wires the stronger. I don't like the little 1/4 ' flat tape, they just pushed that over. Be sure to get the heavy duty insulators also, the less expensive ones will sun rot (been there ) . Be sure the barbed wire is all tight and has no sags. Good luck !
    09-03-2013, 12:31 AM
Like everyone else has stated I would add electric to the existing fence. If you take down the barbed wire completely be prepared for deer and other wild game to tear your fence down on a regular basis and its no fun tracking horses over a 130+ acre farm when they get out. You can get the electric extenders that will give you about a 5" barrier from the barbed wire to keep them off the barbed wire completely. I use a 1 1/2- 2" tape on the top for a visual barrier and braided poly wire for the rest.
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    09-03-2013, 02:51 AM
Green Broke
We can't take the fence down, its the fence the forest serves put up, and is shared. My issue is cattle. There are a ton of cattle in the area and my grandmother would like to get a cow or two to slaughter and we don't need them setting my mare free. She will find the nearest stud within 20 miles -_-' she is such a hussy XD.

Also for the wire could I put plastic ribbon on it to make it more noticeable for airhead horses?
    09-03-2013, 07:51 AM
Green Broke
I may have to add some electric fencing to my property-any suggestions on solar power? I would start my own thread, but don't know how!
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    09-03-2013, 12:32 PM
Green Broke
I second Cacawgirl. How much will the fence drain on a solar/battery system? The property is so out there we can't get electric.
    09-03-2013, 01:28 PM
You can size the charger to the length of fence. I used only solar in Tx and never had issues. If I didn't have so many tress here I'd go back. Add electric to the existing fence and I'd suggest cross fencing as well to keep pasture size more manageable. You can do this with portable poles and set up several acres around a water source and just keep moving it. Tape is much more visible and for smaller areas I'd go with that for visibility but to extend out from the existing fence I'd use the braided wire. The thicker the better (look for strand number). Once your horse figures out it bites there won't be any problems. Make sure that it is well charged though. Always follow the rec for number of grounding rods and if needed run a ground strand.. In really dry weather we have had to water our grounding rods.
    09-03-2013, 01:34 PM
Agreed with above. Regarding using solar, bear in mind that the battery only holds so many hours of power, then the wire goes dead. I'd shop around. Pretty much any farm supply store or online carries supplies and the packaging is pretty honest.
I don't think this is that bad a problem re: the barbed wire.
You are talking about a LOT of acreage. Generally horses get in trouble with barbed wire when the turnout is small and they are putting their head over or through fending looking for better forage. If you have at least 2x adequate forage--I know that you need more acres to feed one horse that I do, in IL--I suspect your mare will be okay. What do your new neighbors think and what are they doing? Can't believe there are no other horse owners close by.
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