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    03-17-2013, 09:11 PM
  #21
Showing
Horsecrazy, horses sense when the charger is operating. They don't need to be almost on top of it to sense the current but can be as far as 20' away. Once a horse has been zapped it will be very respectful. There is no fear of a horse getting caught in it. Use the heavier weight of wire that is recommended for electric fencing as it carries a better charge. If you are concerned about visibility when first put up, just tie cheap bright survey ribbon to the wire between each post and hand walk the horse around while the charger is on. A horse has photographic memory for wherever it goes so the streamers can be removed if you wish after a few days. Horses run into trouble with non electric fencing as they don't respect it and paw at it or try to push thro.
     
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    03-17-2013, 09:45 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Once a horse has been zapped it will be very respectful. There is no fear of a horse getting caught in it.
Unless they are are run through it, slid through it, or kick through it....
     
    03-18-2013, 02:25 PM
  #23
Yearling
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Originally Posted by JoesMom    
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.
How thick should the posts be for this kind of electrc rope? We have 3" is that thick enough?
     
    03-18-2013, 05:01 PM
  #24
Foal
Although 3" is a bit small for a wood post (5" or even 6" would be better), it should be adequate for the rope. Wouldn't pull the posts to put in bigger, but as they rot out, replace with the bigger ones.
     
    03-18-2013, 07:15 PM
  #25
Showing
If your fencing a straight run, your line posts at 3" are fine but you have to build good solid corners and don't skimp on the bracing. The reason I use wire is because the wind has little influence on it, which means the insulators stay put. Anything thicker moves in the wind which creates friction at the insulator and may eventually break or pop the insulator off the post. Buy good quality insulators, not the little cheap ones as they better ones are uv treated and are a better quality plastic. If you nail them on, don't drive the nails real tight to allow for expansion and contraction of the insulator. I've made all the mistakes and finally have it down pat.
     
    03-18-2013, 07:43 PM
  #26
Yearling
Ok I was thinking of replacing the corner and end posts with 4"-5" wooden posts and putting a 4-5" post every 40 ft with the small ones in between.
How does that sound? Do you think that fence would hold up well then? And yes the fence is in a straight line-except for the corners. The posts we have are pretty sturdy and they've been up for about 4 years and none have yet broken.
     
    03-18-2013, 10:31 PM
  #27
Showing
Electric wire doesn't have to be strung tight like barbed wire is. Since the posts are in a straight line there are no forces of wire pulling on them so the posts are just holding the wire up off the ground. A few stout posts certainly wouldn't hurt. I hope you are using pressure treated or cedar as spruce and pine rot at the ground in about 5 years.
     
    03-18-2013, 11:17 PM
  #28
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Electric wire doesn't have to be strung tight like barbed wire is. Since the posts are in a straight line there are no forces of wire pulling on them so the posts are just holding the wire up off the ground. A few stout posts certainly wouldn't hurt. I hope you are using pressure treated or cedar as spruce and pine rot at the ground in about 5 years.
Yes we are using PT wood posts. I refuse to use anything else.;) I have to admit, we never braced the corners and the corner posts are still straight and stout. But we're going to brace them anyway.:-D and I still want to add those thicker posts-just in case.
     
    03-21-2013, 04:23 PM
  #29
Foal
We have high tensile wire. Two are hot and two are coated wire for a sight line. Pretty low maintenance.
     
    03-21-2013, 04:46 PM
  #30
Foal
I have an electric fence already set up when I bought the house but its mostly destroyed now, so going to redo it all. Luckly it was made for one already so just have to restring it up and maybe get another capacitor since im redoing it anyways.
     

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