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  • Can you use just one strand of polywire for horses?
  • Has anyone used polywire for fence

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    08-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Polywire Questions

I absolutely love polywire fencing- We use it for the goats and sheep - However I was wondering how horses are with it? Will the white and black stuff be visible enough for them? And we are in Vermont, and I was wondering how it will do in the cold weather (Sometimes gets -10 degrees F) and the deep snow? Would we need to re-do it every year? Also, how many strands for horses (We use 5 for the goats... but theyre goats ) Thanks!
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    08-02-2012, 08:35 PM
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I've never seen anyone use polywire for horses, but many people (including me) use 1/4" white polyrope. Our mares all grew up with electric and respect the fence, so we've had no problem in 5+ years with 1 strand, 3' off the ground.
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    08-02-2012, 08:41 PM
You means using polywire for the electric (hot) fencing?
    08-02-2012, 08:55 PM
Yes, for electric. We were thinking three strands of this: Powerfields 9 Wire HD Polywire - Horse.com
One strand at the shoulders, and two lower than that.
    08-02-2012, 11:18 PM
I have used that as a hot strand on the top portion of a post & rail wood fence. It's okay but because I live in a climate where it's heats up then freezes, it breaks the little wires inside that carry the current. After a year, it doesn't pack any jolt hardly at all. I changed to wire and it always carried the same jolt and haven't had to replace it.
    08-03-2012, 01:06 AM
Well. In my rainy no snow or heat climate I have one strand of polywire for the horses with a perimeter fence and it works just fine. Never had a horse not respect it.
    08-03-2012, 10:42 AM
I use 4 strands of 1/4" thick white poly rope with 9 strands of wire woven through it. We use screw in plastic insulators on treated wood posts and electrify the top and third strands down. We put the fence aroound two large paddocks that are about 3-4 acres each, two years ago. It has been through two winters where temps get into the -40s and the snow was over 2 feet deep. It has also been through hot summers where temps get in the high 80s with frequent heavy wind and thunder showers. We had golf ball sized hail in a storm earlier this week. So far, the fence has weathered well, looks really good and I've had no problems with it losing conductability. My horses have never challenged it. They seem to see it just fine and know exactly how close they can get to it.

I do walk the fence line about once a week to check it and have only had two minor issues. In one location, the poly has frayed ever so slightly. I wrapped a small piece of duct tape around it to prevent it from getting worse, but don't think I needed to. Maybe 3 strands of the poly separated. I also have to adjust the tension on the fence a couple times a year. In colder weather it seems to stretch and tighten when it warms up. I tighten it in about December, before the really cold weather hits and loosen a bit in about May.
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    08-03-2012, 10:45 AM
I use a wire to cut the field in half and it work great even my draft horse dose not try his luck

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