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  • Is 2ft enough to hold fence

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    02-08-2013, 06:42 PM
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Yes we use 6' poles and put them 2' deep for fence. But gates are 4' deep
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    02-08-2013, 11:01 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Phly    
Yes we use 6' poles and put them 2' deep for fence. But gates are 4' deep
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Do the posts hold? What kind of fence do you have? And what kind of soil do you have? The tractor supply in our area has 7ft wood posts. So if I sunk them two feet into the ground, the fence would be 5 ft tall-but would they hold in our kind of soil? We don't have any rocks in the soil where we live.
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    02-08-2013, 11:07 PM
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We have mostly sand. Some clay but our fences are in sand. We have high tensile fencing. Half five wire and half two wire. We added more pasture. I prefer the two wire myself.
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    02-08-2013, 11:11 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Phly    
We have mostly sand. Some clay but our fences are in sand. We have high tensile fencing. Half five wire and half two wire. We added more pasture. I prefer the two wire myself.
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Ok normal soil should hold fence posts better than sand, right?
how far apart should the fence posts should be for nylon fencing?
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    02-08-2013, 11:16 PM
  #15
Yearling
I just remembered, we have very harsh winters up here so would 2ft really be enough?
     
    02-08-2013, 11:29 PM
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Sand sucks for holding anything lol. But it's worked for us and a lot of other people around here. Also, think about a metal t-post, most are only 2-3' in. That lil t-post holds fence just fine and wood posts have a larger load bearing area. As far as cold, idk, it gets to the -teens here and I can't say I've ever heard of it affecting the fences. I'm not an all knowing source or should I be your sole guide, I'm just sharing my experience.
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    02-09-2013, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
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 don't 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! don't know why, but he's always been like that.
Your answer may be as simple as making sure he has enough hay. There is an old saying that 95% of fencing is keeping food available, and horses that really want to get out will break through almost anything.

BTW, we use a single strand of electrified polyrope at 3' that easily sags to 2' when covered with ice and never had a horse go over it.
     
    02-09-2013, 05:04 PM
  #18
Yearling
Thank you, Phly. I just found out that our current fence posts are two feet into the ground and that fence was installed three-four years ago and it still holds up good-it's just not high enough. I guess i'll go with 2 ft deep, thank you so much i've been worrying about this for days!
PaintHorseMares, I will make sure he has enough hay but I just don't feel right about having such a low fence-I'd be heartbroken if he jumped out again and got injured by a car or caused a fatal accident.
     

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