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        09-21-2010, 04:55 PM
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    I think the safety and effectiveness of electrobraid depends entirely on the posts you use and how deeply they're sunk. There's two places near me that use it - one has posts of insufficient diameter, not sunk deeply enough, and not adequately braced in the corners, and the fence is down after every storm. I wouldn't turn horses out in it, ever.

    The other has wooden 4 -6 " posts, 12' apart, with 1/3 of the post in the ground. It looks attractive, and is absolutely secure.

    A compromise can be what SR suggested; using a mixture of wooden posts sunk properly in the ground, with metal T-posts in between for stability.

    I would not trust any fence that's all T-posts, or has a long, uninterrupted run of T-posts. Too easy for a tree limb or an itchy horse to push over.
         
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        09-21-2010, 05:02 PM
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    I would not trust any fence that's all T-posts, or has a long, uninterrupted run of T-posts. Too easy for a tree limb or an itchy horse to push over.
    Exactly, maura. That's why my fencing hasn't been finished. There's no way I'd put up JUST t-posts, regardless of whether or not the fencing is electrified.

    I want to do it right and have it be permanent, so I'm not going to do a sloppy, haphazard job. I'm buying materials when I can afford them. As soon as I have enough, the first pasture will be fenced properly.

    I have two areas right now that the horses can go out into, but the pastures on the right and left of the house are the ones that need to be fenced.
         
        09-24-2010, 10:48 AM
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    Fencing tomorrow

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    Well, tomorrow we are pounding in posts. We are going to use 5" treated wood posts spaced 12 feet apart and then string 4 strands of electrified rope. The rope is made of the same material as the electrobraid, but a slightly coarser weave. It is also electrified with stainless steel wire rather than copper wire, so it should resist corrosion just that little bit more. I plan to electrify the top and third strands, as once the horses encounter the electric fence, they usually stay well away from it.

    We are also placing the posts within the perimeter of the property by about 10-15 feet so that we can mow around the outside (and get around with a truck). The grass in the pasture is a good healthy mix, so the horses should have little reason to challenge the fence. I don't think two horses will be able to eat down all the grass on 8 acres, especially considering I will need to feed hay for our 6 months of winter. There are also trees and thick brush surrounding almost the entire property (except the driveway), so we also have a natural visual barrier just beyond the fence.

    I have ordered two 8'x16' run in horse shelters that should arrive today. One will be used for hay storage until spring and the other for the horses. The pasture area will be divided into two halves of a few acres each with a shelter in each so I can rotate them in summer.

    Aside from the pounding and hammering, all that is left to do is to bring in my hay and set up an insulated water trough with a heater.

    Did I forget anything? Is it worthwhile bedding down the shelters with straw?
         
        09-24-2010, 10:54 AM
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    Koolio, as long as you keep the shelters cleaned of manure and the pastures dragged to break up the manure, you should be fine. No real need for straw in the run ins.
         

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