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    03-17-2013, 04:14 PM
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Yearling
What kind of electric fenceing do you have?

Hi I am thinking of "renovating" the pasture fence. I'm looking around for ideas of different kinds electric fenceing. What kind of electric fence do you have? Pictures and details are appreciated.
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    03-17-2013, 04:20 PM
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Half 4 wire and half Two wire high tinsile. Not hot currently but can be. Pics of high tinsile are pretty useless since ya can't see it lol
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    03-17-2013, 04:35 PM
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Yearling
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Half 4 wire and half Two wire high tinsile. Not hot currently but can be. Pics of high tinsile are pretty useless since ya can't see it lol
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ok. Yeah, I currently have a two wire hi-tensile electric and it's in need of a little repair. But I am sorta worried about the safety of wire fence. How safe is it?
     
    03-17-2013, 04:41 PM
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Showing
Your in Canada which means you need at least two wires, a hot and a ground so work in the winter. When standing on snow just the hot wire doesn't work until the horse touches both. A single strand will be enough until it snows. I have a daytime only pasture with a single wire. Be sure your have plenty of metal in the ground for attaching your ground wire. An 8' steel rod works well or three, 3' rods all connected, an old car radiator. Whichever you chose they are buried near the charger. If the charger is to be outside be sure to enclose it to protect it from the elements. If you have a problem with neighboring dogs/ wildlife, add the third strand which will be a hot wire.
     
    03-17-2013, 04:42 PM
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I think it's plenty safe. Horses are like 1000 lbs two year olds though and will find a way to hurt themselves. I dislike 5 wire and even 4 wire. It's too low and they can get a hoof caught over it pretty easy. My stance on fencing is, it's just a suggestion. If they want out, they'll blow through or over just about anything.
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    03-17-2013, 04:48 PM
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Yearling
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I think it's plenty safe. Horses are like 1000 lbs two year olds though and will find a way to hurt themselves. I dislike 5 wire and even 4 wire. It's too low and they can get a hoof caught over it pretty easy. My stance on fencing is, it's just a suggestion. If they want out, they'll blow through or over just about anything.
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Thanks. That makes sense.
     
    03-17-2013, 05:21 PM
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High tensile can be dangerous to horses; I had one kick through it and got it twisted around her leg, pulling all the flesh off.

You might want to look into flexrail; many brands can be electrified and it's safer than simple high tensile. It's pricier though.
     
    03-17-2013, 05:30 PM
  #8
Weanling
I have electric rope, an affordable brand. I like the visibility, the flexibility and the aesthetic. Have had horses blow through my cross fence without harm to themselves, and only toasting a few insulators each time. Easy to repair by hand, too, as it's only hand-tensioned.

I live in Cananda, have snow knee-high right now, and successfully run one stand, though it's simply there to keep them off the neighbour's fences. I really find that with enough room (not over-horsing my acreage) and enough food, they don't want to wander in winter, anyhow. Of course, our cleared pasture is also surrounded by bush... Not mich visual stimulation on the other side of the fence. All our high-traffic zones like the gate are also post & rail with the electric to keep them from pushing on it.
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    03-17-2013, 05:32 PM
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Weanling
Any of the plastic type fencing cannot survive our cold temps (~ -40, during cold snaps).
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    03-17-2013, 05:53 PM
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I have tape - mainly because they can see it better. We use it to divide paddocks but are replacing all the metal and plastic stakes with wooden posts and plastic clips fastened on to them that the tape runs through. My husband uses taller wooden posts at intervals all round the field area with electrified wire rope running throught it as it seems to keep the deer from jumping in.
     

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