Originally Posted by BigGirlsRideWarmbloods
So we bought a new house with horse facilities and the pasture is fenced with 5 strands smooth, high tensile, hot wire. Replacing the entire fence with no-climb woven fencing is not financially realistic. Historically my mare respects hot wire but, she's pregnant with the foal due around March of next year.
What can I do to keep my mare safe now, but also between now and winter, what can I do to make the fencing we have safer for the foal in the future.
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Personally I have my mares and foals on 4 strands of electric rope or tape. For my babies I place them in a smaller pen (my large fenced in back yard) with two strands of electric rope on a low voltage battery charger for the first week or so until I know they will avoid it. I place it about a foot from the fence so if they do hit the fence they cannot run through it and get tangled up. I haven't had any issues and always keep an eye out the first couple of days and never leave them in the yard if I leave the farm. I now have to nice healthy babies running around in the big pasture and no problems with the fence. I won't leave them overnight until at least a month old. I also leave a halter on mom and foal the first day I put them in a new situation just in case. The one with the foal is Millie's first day out in the backyard.
With the smooth, lots of ribbon or flags.