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    02-09-2012, 03:15 AM
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Stallion fencing? Do I need more?

My property closes on the 17th and I will begin having estimators come in for quotes to redo my pastures. The fencing material is already there and available but the lady that is selling moved everything to make it one big open area and I will be dividing it back into sections. My only fencing change besides dividing pastures is Lestats pasture. His section will be completely redone and I'm looking for tips on how to make it the safest, stallion proof pasture.

His section is about one acre. I'll be fencing the entire thing but I'm not sure what type of fencing for him would be best. Of course there will be hotwire around the perimeter and he won't have access year round to the entire area. I will be splitting it in the middle to let one side grow up. The entire length of his pasture runs along side the neighbors gelding's pasture. The neighbor says he's been exposed to stallions and has no problem with Lestat being right next door but I'll still be bringing the fence at least two feet in from the neighbors pasture.
I'm thinking along with the pasture I'll be doing two strand hot wire? One on top and one in the middle about 6-12 inches from the fence itself on the inside? Is that enough space for hot wire?

He won't be nose to nose with any mares and any breeding training won't be done until he's at least 6 years old and he'll be available for AI only. My mares pasture is across and kitty corner to his pasture so not close for nose to nose. His stall fronts are grilled so although he'll be stalled next to them there will still be no nose to nose. Neighboring horses besides the next door gelding are across the alley so too far for nose to nose. I'm hoping hotwire will take care of any possible fence leaning. I'm trying to take all precautions to avoid any possible confrontations including a lot of play time with his babysitters a Fjord gelding and Shire gelding.

Questions. What type of fencing do you recommend so if it's not already on the list I can add it or if it is I can put a check next to it being recommended.

Hot tape or wire and what thickness.
Any specific type of fence charger that works better than others? I will be running it on a 7 acre perimeter.
Any specific stallion type protection on fences I should look into? I already checked code with the county and all they specify is 6 foot minimum fencing.
He's covered as are the rest of my horses with an insurance policy should they do something silly and another to cover anything else that covers up to 1 million in damages. Is there a special stallion insurance I should look into.

Keep in mind I won't be moving until August so I have all spring and summer to fix up everything and he's still nice and tucked up in there. I felt the head of two wal*nuts* the other day but nothing "official" yet. He's only 10 months old and I'm not expecting a full appearance at the moment but I'm checking every day just in case he decides to surprise me. All his mannerisms are still very baby like. Mouthing other horses, chewing at their noses and nuzzling the big boys he gets to associate with.

Anyway! Thank you for reading and for all the following help! Any tips on fencing other than him is welcome as well! Like I said the entire property is horse fenced brand new and everything but the lady redid everything to open up the entire 7 acres so I have a couple acres of posts stacked in the barn she pulled up. Those will be going out to divide everything back up.

Ps: Lestat says thank you! *please excuse his baby belly. He just got the OK to be outside and play after having a month of stall rest from his injury*
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    02-09-2012, 09:31 AM
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Centaur or ramm, the kind that looks like a board fence. Not cheap though. It comes with a built in hot wire.
     
    02-09-2012, 09:39 AM
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The heaviest wire for electric fencing is best. It carries more charge. It is also not susceptible to wind damage as tape or ribbon is. Put the wire on the inside of his paddock in case he hits it hard the wire is more likly to stay up. On the outside of the posts, the insulators fly like bullets. Be sure to have a large enough gap between him and the mares that you could drive a pickup between. I've seen horses breed with a fence in between them. In once case it was sheep wire with a top board. The stallion wound up royally tangled when he got down.
     
    02-09-2012, 02:52 PM
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I'll post some links to what I've been looking at for fencing and electric for him when I get home. I've been going back and forth between rope, tape and just wire so I have a lot of links.
     
    02-09-2012, 02:54 PM
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oh goodness. I've heard of fence breeding too so that's why im sticking him at the top of my property by my house and the barn and my girls have the bottom pastures. The gap between him and the mares is the hay pasture and a 12 foot aisle way and then my creek so plenty of space.
Is there a certain insulator for wire that I'll need to pick up or are the usual Wilco kind fine to use. I've only been able to find 6-8 inch insulators. I was told to look for 12 inch insulators but haven't had any luck.
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    02-09-2012, 02:55 PM
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Whoa what just happened there. I forgot to add the top line, went to edit and it came back as a quote. Weird! Silly phone. Sorry guys!
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    02-09-2012, 10:18 PM
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Be sure to have a large enough gap between him and the mares that you could drive a pickup between. I've seen horses breed with a fence in between them. In once case it was sheep wire with a top board. The stallion wound up royally tangled when he got down.
Besides a good, strong, fence with hot wire, I agree with a good gap between him and the mares. In my experience, mares in season next to a stallion will cause more problems than the stallion himself, often doing a very good job of breaking fence posts and getting tangled trying to get to him.
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    02-09-2012, 11:02 PM
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There's a three acre pasture with a 12 foot lead way separating them. So plenty plenty of room. The three acre pasture is a field I'll be haying (or trying to). Lestats pasture is in the upper left corner and their pastures are in the bottom right across from the hay feild so there's acreage between them and that's spaced closest corner to corner. The closest corner of the mares pasture to the closest corner of his pasture has one acre between them. The farthest corner to the closest corner is 3 acres. So on turn out the girls will always be at least one acre away from him.
     
    02-09-2012, 11:13 PM
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Here's a satelite view
Lestats pasture is #1. Top (hot) is for spring, summer, and until the mid fall to let the bottom half grow. Cold is bottom half for fall and winter, mainly winter. It'll have a loafing shed as well.
My girls will be in pasture #2 for the warm and #3 for the cold. The gap between Lestats bottom pasture and the girls "cold" pasture is approximately 40 feet not including the corner of the hay field.
Should I fence the gap as well? I haven't decided what to do on the empty part (not the hay field) by my house which would be my back yard area I guess? I was kind of thinking of leveling it for an outdoor arena or fencing it for the goats so they have a larger area to play? And I could put the dogs out there too when I'm away instead of locking them up in the house.

Edit: Sorry it's so small! I don't know why it's so small!
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    02-11-2012, 07:51 PM
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Do you have to use only electric? I would highly recommend small holed woven wire fence for stallions with one or two strands of electric rope.
     

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