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    05-15-2012, 10:30 AM
Safest Fencing?

I might be Moving with my family to CO soon and we are looking to get some land, So my question is what is the best/Safest fencing to get?
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    05-15-2012, 12:33 PM
Electric - two hot wires and a neutral in between.
    05-15-2012, 01:42 PM
I don't like electric personally. I used to board in place with electric and I always worried I can be pushed against it by those horses with no manners (you don't chose other borders, you know). And even with my own, I still don't use it. But it's the cheapest one for sure.

I have 3-board fence in my own place.
    05-15-2012, 02:06 PM
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the "safest" fencing. About as close as a person could likely get would be this stuff, but it's expensive as heck.

Personally, I like electric. I am currently going around our property and replacing all the old wire fencing with 1" electric tape. With that, there is nothing for them to chew up, nothing that's going to slice them open if they run through it in a panic, it's relatively cheap, and looks fairly nice. Plus, the electricity is a good deterrent for my "Houdini" animals that tend to walk through ordinary fencing.
    05-15-2012, 02:10 PM
I'm an electric polyrope convert. Like smrobs with the tape, it's fast, cheap, and safe.
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    05-15-2012, 02:13 PM
NO sharp edges and VERY WELL maintained.
    05-15-2012, 02:50 PM
My favorite is the classic 4 or 5 board fencing. I despise electric. Horses can get through them easily and do. But that is my personal experience with it.
    05-15-2012, 03:05 PM
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Electric can be a crapshoot in CO due to the high winds and power outages.

No climb topped with a wooden rail on top and electric to keep horses from leaning or chewing on it works well and the horses are contained even if the power goes out.
    05-15-2012, 04:08 PM
I use 3 and 4 rail board fencing here, painted black, because I like the look of it, and rails are easy to replace...but I run a tight strand of barb wire between the top two rails in the horse paddocks. I don't recommend barbed wire for show horses as they will lose some tail hair on it.

In the past I have run solar-powered hot wire.
    05-16-2012, 12:45 AM
SAFEST fence would be a wooden top board with small horse mesh underneath. Lined with two hot wires on the inside to keep horses off of it.

Cheapest fence to put up is high tensile with a hot wire.
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