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  • Can i use high tensile non electric fencing for horses
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    03-17-2013, 06:14 PM
Originally Posted by RedHorseRidge    
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.
can it get twisted around a leg if it is tight?
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    03-17-2013, 06:19 PM
I was thinking about this type of fence.
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We have 3" wooden posts though. Is that thick enough?
    03-17-2013, 06:25 PM
Perimeter I have mesh, one strand of electric tape on top to prevent/avoid leaning over. Divider was 3 strand, now one more on top, of electric tape. The high one needed because the two geldings fight about the mare in heat over the fence. Once the bottom- and once the second highest were ripped(kicking/rearing), no injuries, tape reconnected, horses even more respectful of fence.
When I used it with snow I disconnected what was buried, so still had hot wire without shorting out anywhere. Important is sufficient grounding, otherwise no juice. When dry, I pour water over the groundrods to keep the ground moist.
After using electric tape for over 20 years, I would not change. Even pretty wood or vinyl fence would have one strand hot....just to keep them OFF the fence.
    03-17-2013, 06:38 PM
Does anyone know of a good brand of electric rope that's not too expensive?
    03-17-2013, 07:03 PM
Although we use the tape (Horseguard, I think), I'm not a fan of it.
1) Yes, it is highly visible, but the "keys" that actually hold the 2 parts of the insulator together are forever breaking
2) The winds tend to blow the tape out of the insulators.
3) Because the conductive wires in the tape itself can break without the plastic web breaking. I've had this happen more than once, hard to find the short!

It would be my guess that the rope types would hold up better, less resistance to the wind. Horses learn very quickly where their boundaries are, so the visibility is more of an issue to us than it is to them.
    03-17-2013, 07:15 PM
Has anyone had any experience with this?
    03-17-2013, 07:26 PM
Agree with the flaws if the tape, especially the wide one. I use 1/2".
Rope, or braid, is better in windy conditions, that's for sure. But wire strands break in these also.
I've seen some nasty nasty injuries with rope that didn't break on impact. Or wrapped around the horse's neck. I would use it, if it had lesser breaking strength...to avoid nasty cuts and ropeburns.
    03-17-2013, 07:26 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
has anyone had any experience with this?
Yes, that is the fencing that I have been using for the last 12 years. It works very well and holds up nicely. I have not had to replace any of it so far. I had one horse that ran through it and all it did was tear up the insulators. The rest of my horses respect it very well. It is a good brand of fence that will serve you for years to come. I run mine in Three strand fences, two hot and one ground in the middle. I also have a fifteen mile charger for my two miles of fence.
    03-17-2013, 07:39 PM
We have high tensile (non electric) for our horse fencing-- its not flimsy stays tight for years when done right and the horses can see it good.

Can't remember the gauge off the top but ill look it up later-- either way.. this stuff can hold back a tractor if the posts were strong enough-- and we use trees.
    03-17-2013, 08:47 PM
Originally Posted by hemms    
Any of the plastic type fencing cannot survive our cold temps (~ -40, during cold snaps).
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Many flex rail fence brands I've seen advertise from -65 to -40 and up...

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