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post #1 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Fencing materials

I am hopefully moving to an acreage in a couple of weeks and will need to build a fence for my horses. I have researched a variety of possible fencing materials quite a bit, but wanted to know if anyone had any experience with some of the materials I am considering. I am trying to find something that will be safe for my horses, relatively easy to maintain, and reasonably priced. I live in an area that has winter for about 6-7 months a year, so the fence must be able to withstand both heat and cold. Here is what I am considering...

FlexFence - 1" strands - 2 high tensile wires covered in polymer plastic (in white). I would use four strands and possible one strand of electric wire on top if needed. How does this stand up to horses pushing on it? Does it stretch much? Does it seem to last in the weather? This is also available in 4" and 5" strands, but gets very expensive.

Polymer coated high tensile wire - this is single stranded high tensile wire covered in a 1/4" poly coating. They use this at the stable where my horses are now, but it seems to stretch and the polymer separates from the wire. It is not installed properly however, as it is nailed to the fenceposts. I belive it is supposed to be able to slide through the fasteners. Again, I would use four strands.

Does anyone have any feedback on these two types of fencing materials? Any other suggestions?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 10:40 AM
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you could just use wood rails maybe? And if your horse leans on them, put a strand of electric wire on the top rail.
Except some horses like to chew it.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 10:50 AM
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I have plain high tensile; I'm not sure what the advantages of the polymer coating would be.

Of course I would have loved to fence my entire place in oak boards, but that was just out of question cost wise. I have four board oak on the road frontage; and 6 strands of high tensile on 6 - 8" posts 20 feet apart on the rest, with the top strand and the second from the bottom electrified. It was relatively inexpensive, decent looking and *very* easy to maintain. The tension of the wire does change with weather conditions, but we keep a socket wrench in the golf cart, and when we see a loose strand we tighten it, that's it. It's very important that it's installed through staples that allow it to move freely. It's safe, cheap and easy to maintain.

I am leery of any of the electric or electric/polymer combos that are installed on lightweight posts, because when the electric goes out (not if, when) the fence can easily be pushed over or crushed by a falling tree. Since my horses live out, and are often unsupervised while out, that wasn't an acceptable level of risk for me. Lots of barns do seem to manage quite well with one of the heavier electric/polymer combos on lighter posts because the horse's turnout is usually supervised.
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A place I know of installed that Flexfence stuff, the thicker stuff I think it's the 4" and they have problems with breakage. It is more visible and safer than the high tensile wire though, so I think with a strand of electric it would deter leaning and scratching.
Now I do not like HTW, I do not like it at all. I would keep my horse in a stall and drive to the barn twice a day to hand walk him before I would turn him out in HTW. I just have these visions of sliced tendons and caught up legs.

By far, the safest fencing I have come across is wooden posts with metal tube pipe going through the posts. It is quite expensive but I have seen a horse roll, get cast in the fence, get himself uncast, stand up and be absolutely unscathed and completely sound.

Honestly, I would just suck up the bill and pay for all wooden, it's not as expensive as the aforementioned fencing, but it is safe, sturdy and stands up very well to winter. I would also worry a lot less about a horse leaning on it or getting a leg through it than with the HTW especially, but also the Flexfence. You always get what you pay for.

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I don't use HTW, but somewhat like that and I've never had any issues. The difference is the wire is much thinner and stretches. If a horse runs into it for whatever reason the wire just stretches out and will not cut them. HTW from what I know will stand up to a horse running into it and therefore hurt the horse. I'm not a fan of HTW either!
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Wow, no high tensile lovers here, huh? I wasn't a big fan of it either, I just viewed as another form of wire, until I was at a facility with a paddock fenced in it and watched a horse run into it full tilt and bounce off it unhurt without a mark on it. I've had it at another leased facility since then, and 3 years at home, and haven't had a fence related injury. Three points are crucial - have it strung correctly so it's truly taut; that's part of the safety aspect; have multiple stands fairly close together (I'd say 5 is minimum) and have a top and bottom strand electrified to keep the horses off of the fence. Actually, the last is good advice for any fence. And it's probably a good idea to flag the fence when you first put horses out in it.

Anabel, if I had your glorious horse, and spent the time, money and effort to get her to where she is, I'd be very, very particular about fencing, too.

My fencing is a compromise, no doubt about it. Fencing the whole place in board, like I would have liked to, would have cost 25 grand, instead of the 8 grand it cost to have the road frontage in board and the rest high tensile (that was with borrowed equipment and a crew of relatives to put it up.) However, it's a compromise me and my horses can live with.

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How about electrobraid fencing?

Does anyone have any experience with electrobraid fencing?
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-06-2010, 09:54 PM
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Does anyone have any experience with electrobraid fencing?
Our friends down the road use 2 strands of electobraid and love it. It's inexpensive, safe, and quick and easy to install. To be honest, at first I thought that it couldn't possibly compare to the security of board or woven wire fencing, but in six years they've never had a horse escape.

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post #9 of 14 Old 09-21-2010, 03:14 PM
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I'm getting ready to add electric to my wood fence so my yearling won't try and play with the horses on the other side. Do I need to train him or will he just know?

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I'm going to be putting up field fencing, with an electric strand on top to keep the horses from leaning onto/over the fence.

I like field fencing. It's neat, clean, and doesn't cost a boatload. I'm going to use a combination of wood posts and metal t-posts, to help keep the expenses down.

Wooden posts every 40 feet, with t-posts in between every 10 feet.

Field fencing costs about $150.00 for a roll of 330 feet. I figure for the rest of my acreage, the rolls of fencing alone are going to cost me $1,500.00.

Add in the wood posts, t-posts, fence clips, t-post caps, staples, hot wire insulators, hot wire, and a solar fence charger, and it's going to cost me quite a bit of money. Still cheaper than all wood fencing, though!
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