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    05-21-2010, 11:12 PM
They do make the reinforced tape designed for high wind areas. That's what I got. I was worried that I wouldn't have enough so I ordered 2 rolls LOL. It only took part of 1 roll to fence the entire area.
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    05-22-2010, 02:34 AM
Our main pasture is hotwire on two sides, and 5 strand the rest of the way. The hotwire is charged by a plug-in charger behind the house.

We set up a small pasture for mares about to foal or horses that are sick or injured. The first time we set it up, we used the electric tape. It does sag if your posts are too far apart, but if you are in a high-wind situation, it will also stretch. (I live in south-central Kansas, and some days it's still while others the wind blows 40 mph.) The second time, we used the electric rope. I didn't notice the stretching with the rope. Both types were easily visible to the horses. The only thing to keep in mind is if the fence breaks (tape or rope), there might be some fraying. So make sure that there is wire touching wire when you fix it.

We used a Zareba solar charger, but it didn't work very well for us. We have a lot of trees, so it didn't hold as much charge in summer as it could have, and in winter, same problem. To fix that issue, we got a battery powered charger, and that worked very well. I had a gelding who loved to test fence, but after getting zapped twice, he decided that might not be the best idea he ever had.
    05-22-2010, 07:31 AM
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Does anyone have recommendations/experience with solar fencers? I'm thinking this might save me some money (not to mention hassel) in the long run.
Solar is the only way to go in my opinion. They are just as good as wired ones and you have the flexibility of placement.
    05-31-2010, 07:45 PM
I have a top strand of wide tape and then 2 strands of rope. It is charged with a cheap solar charger. I did not have much money then and got the cheapest one I can find. It works fine for now, neither of my girls test it at all, but when I can I am going to move up to a larger charger. I only have 2 acres fenced but I am going to add a larger 5 acre pasture next to it, so that little charger will not cut the mustard then. At the end of the last strand there is hardly any zap. I also would have just done tape if I could do it again, the 3 strands of tape would look a lot better.

The only time I had any sagging problems was when we got a really heavy wet snow.
    05-31-2010, 07:52 PM
Well, I can now personally attest to the power of the charger that I linked earlier. I touched the tape the other day and it knocked me on my ass LOL.

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