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post #1 of 7 Old 12-11-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Stuck in the fence!

Well, one of my geldings got himself stuck in the fence today. When i found him you could see the sheer terror on his face. "OMG thats moving... and that over there isn't... they are both going to eat me and i cant run". I calmed him down and i had grabbed a pair of wire clippers before running over to him all the while shreaking "oh, my poor baby". OK, there was no running and shreaking, more of a calm collected walk analizing the situation as i approached. The fence is a woven wire fence with one strand of shock tape around the top edge. He had 3 legs tangeled in the fence and he was certain that the shock tape was going to eat him alive. luckly the electric has been off for months (dont tell the horses) so even if he was touching it he wouldn't have been trapped in a torture device. Anyway, i clipped him out of the fence and he went galloping off to join the others. after that i grabbed a new roll of fence and replaced the section that he was tangeled in before going over to look him over. he seems fine and i am going to give him another check later today to see if anything presents late. oh did i mention that the area was the muddy corner of the pasture and we just had lots of rain so we were standing in 6" to a foot of mud through this whole thing and i was wearing sneakers. once upon a time white sneakers... what was i thinking when i bought them?

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Have you ever had a horse get trapped somewhere? what happened?

Also it is getting to the point i need to replace my fencing. i am thinking about doing the 5 or 6 strands of electric wire. Our farm is expanding to house more livestock such as cattle and sheep. anyone have concerns or thoughts on that type of fence? now that i have had a horse get tangle in a fence i am worried about it. though it is much less of a snare than what i have now.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-11-2011, 04:00 PM
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I like post & rail where they congregate with a hotwire on the top. Like near a gate or where you feed them. Also looks neater as well. If the rest is pasture, whatever is easy, I use 4 strands of high tensile as we have trees falling on it. Allows me to saw off the tree & tighten at the random tighteners attachments. I've had some extremely big trees fall on that fence & it's once broken a wire once. Very easy replacement. Except I find you need 2 people to put in a tightener because of awkwardness of it. Had this kind of set up for 20 years, been absolutely safe so far.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-11-2011, 04:04 PM
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turn the electric back on. and run two strands on the inside of your fence no matter what it is made of. One on the top and one about 1.5 foot off the ground. Sturdy wood fences with no electric become unsturdy scratching posts as soon as warmer weather hits.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-11-2011, 04:38 PM
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What Joe said but don't forget the gates. Had a draft take a tube gate down and manage to slip his foot sideways between the tubes. Of course with the foot flat on the ground, it wasn't coming back out. Found him just standing in the gate. Thankfully, he wasn't inclined to try and run with a 10ft gate on around his leg so he let me turn his foot and get him loose.
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Mine was stuck in some vines. He might have been standing there overnight as a big area was pawed. I had to cut him out.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-12-2011, 11:02 AM
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When I was a kid i witnessed a horses running full speed, stepping on a small patch of ice, fell, slid under the bottom rail of 3 rail/post fencing, and get stuck there. He was 3 at most, TB, but calm as could be. I ran over to him, put a halter on him and was able to remove the bottom rail so he could get out. Luckily, the only damage done was to that one rail. He walked away without a scratch.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-13-2011, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
turn the electric back on. and run two strands on the inside of your fence no matter what it is made of. One on the top and one about 1.5 foot off the ground. Sturdy wood fences with no electric become unsturdy scratching posts as soon as warmer weather hits.
I've got to agree with Joe, and that's exactly how my woven wire fence is constructed.

Hot wire above the top, and 18 inches up from the bottom on 5" stand-offs.
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