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post #1 of 18 Old 02-07-2013, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hight of a fence

Hi I was wondering what the recommeded hight for a fence is? I would like to construct a new fence in summer and I was wondering because my horse currently lives in a pasture with a four foot high electric fence. He jumped over it a few days ago because we had lots of snow and the first wire was 3 feet from the ground. He never got out before that and he dosnt test the fence. He will mature to be about 15 hands. What hight would you recommend for him? He's an american paint horse. I was also wondering how deep the posts should be set into the ground? we have rich black farming soil where we live.
PS I know ive asked this question before- but I would like fence measurments in feet.
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-07-2013, 09:44 PM
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What kinda fence and posts?
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I would like to put up 4-5" posts and nylon or horsecote fencing together with electric.
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I tend to over build. Ex. My hitching rail posts are 5'ish deep and hardwood 4x6's (actual 4x6") I set wood posts 2' deep. For fence, 4' for gates. We run our fences 4' high and have had horses 16hh and over. none have walked out. But in my opinion, fences are just a suggestion to horses. If they want out, or over, or through chances are they will.
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Since he has already proven himself willing to jump out, I wouldn't go any shorter than 5 feet.

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Since he has already proven himself willing to jump out, I wouldn't go any shorter than 5 feet.
Please let's not make this an argument. But, if a horse jumps a 4' it'll try 5' and I don't want a loose horse anymore then the next guy. But all a 5' fence is gonna do is get caught up and cause more injury potentially. I've only seen domesticated horses go through or over fences for a few reasons. Fighting in the herd, lack of food, and sheer bordome of a small area. I understand there are exceptions.
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Actually in Snow country I would have to agree with the 5' fence or 4' if you will run a snow blower to clear the drifts away from fence so horses do not think the fence has shrunk when they are covered with drifts.

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Please let's not make this an argument. But, if a horse jumps a 4' it'll try 5' and I don't want a loose horse anymore then the next guy. But all a 5' fence is gonna do is get caught up and cause more injury potentially. I've only seen domesticated horses go through or over fences for a few reasons. Fighting in the herd, lack of food, and sheer bordome of a small area. I understand there are exceptions.
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He NEVER tried jumping over a four foot fence, it was just because the snow "shrunk" the fence to three feet, and he was hungry because he had finished his hay(by that, I dont mean that i am starving himHe's a good weight). he hasnt jumped out anymore, in fact, he's petrified of wire-even non electrical! Dont know why, but he's always been like that.
His pasture is two acres so lots of room for him to exercise so that's not a problem.
Phly, You mean that you can sink fence posts only 2 feet? I thought you need to sink them about 2.5-3 feet?
The fence im want to make is going to be 4.5 - 5 feet high, is that enough?
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my fences are 5 - 6 ' .
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