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        03-22-2013, 06:57 PM
      #41
    Yearling
    But what about the frost heave? Is two feet deep enough for canada's cold?
         
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        03-22-2013, 07:16 PM
      #42
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
    But what about the frost heave? Is two feet deep enough for canada's cold?
    You can certainly go deeper if you want. The frost line here is no more than 12".
         
        03-22-2013, 07:22 PM
      #43
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    You can certainly go deeper if you want. The frost line here is no more than 12".
    I'll have to ask my dad about our frost line. The fence posts we have right now are sunk about two ft and have been like that for 4 years without any problems so I guess it wouldnt be too bad. How cold does it get where you live?
         
        03-22-2013, 07:46 PM
      #44
    Yearling
    I'd also be interested in how deep other manitobans set their fence posts.
         
        03-22-2013, 09:44 PM
      #45
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by hemms    
    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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    How deep do you sink your posts? I was wondering because I live in Manitoba too. Thanx
         
        03-22-2013, 11:11 PM
      #46
    Yearling
    I'm in N Alberta and our posts are in about 2' and they are just fine. We have 4 strands of 3/8" electric rope and electrify the top and third strand down. It works very well, looks good and requires minimal maintenance. I used 4-5" posts in the main fence line spaced 16' apart and 6-8" posts on the corners with no bracing. We also used screw in insulators which have been great as they never come out.

    Here's a picture to give you an idea.

         
        03-22-2013, 11:13 PM
      #47
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Koolio    
    I'm in N Alberta and our posts are in about 2' and they are just fine. We have 4 strands of 3/8" electric rope and electrify the top and third strand down. It works very well, looks good and requires minimal maintenance. I used 4-5" posts in the main fence line spaced 16' apart and 6-8" posts on the corners with no bracing. We also used screw in insulators which have been great as they never come out.

    Here's a picture to give you an idea.

    Thanks so much! That is a very beautiful horse by the way!
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        03-23-2013, 05:13 AM
      #48
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
    I'll have to ask my dad about our frost line. The fence posts we have right now are sunk about two ft and have been like that for 4 years without any problems so I guess it wouldnt be too bad. How cold does it get where you live?
    Rarely below 20F.
         
        03-23-2013, 02:28 PM
      #49
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    If you're going to use electric rope fence, I encourage you to check it regularly and keep it taut. If the rope is kept tight, it works well. But if a horse gets a foot wrapped in it (such as kicking through it or rolling into it) it won't break easily and can really injure a horse. So keeping it tight is really important. Even Electrobraid cautions horse owners that for a safe fence, 3 or more strands must be used on well braced end and corner posts... and it must be kept tight and charged.
         
        03-23-2013, 03:47 PM
      #50
    Showing
    My corner posts aren't real heavy but 5 posts were used to make the L. The uprights were notched then two posts trimmed to fit parallel to the ground. Fence wire was then run from the top of the post to the bottom of the other, going each way. The wire forms an X. Each strand of the X can be tightened. When both sides of the L are done this way the corner is rock solid. Koolio's posts aren't braced and after a few years the corners will start moving in. Because my soil is clay, we put long points on the posts and they were pounded in. Never put flat bottomed or barely pointed posts in as the front will start shoving them out. Long ponts even if augered in then pack wet sand and clay around them and tamp it hard. What you will find if you try to go much lower than 18" is that you hit hard pan which is like cement.
         

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