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post #1 of 14 Old 05-03-2011, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Is it worth it to offer to refence?

I recently moved my little mini mare in with a little mini gelding. They are going to, by the end of summer, have full range of about 20 acres. The problem is the fencing. I went over to re-check it yesterday and I realized that in places it's single strand barbed wire
In other places it's no-climb fence with holes too small for my horse to get her little feeties in on the bottom, and that's fine. In other places it's two strand electric wire, fairly thick and well tensioned, and that's fine, too.
I try not to be picky but the first day there my dang mare went right through some electric wire for the first time in her life and now I'm paranoid that she will try it with that barbed wire!
So, to you, is it worth it to offer to refence the pasture, or would you just ask the man to avoid putting your horse out on the section with the barbed wire? Keep in mind that I am NOT paying him to look after my horse, and it would be rude to say 'I expect you to refence this pasture on your own money and me not pay'

If I do refence it, I plan to use either 1/2" or 1" white poly-tape that can be electrified. I have my eye on some with a breaking weight of 320lbs (my mini is the bigger one weighing in at around 250-300lbs) with 8 conductive strands of stainless steel. The posts are fine, so I would only have to get tensioners and insulators, and possibly only have to refence the barbed wire section. So, give me your thoughts on what you would do
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I recently moved my little mini mare in with a little mini gelding.
Did you check the place out prior to moving in?
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I am not sure what you are asking about referencing a pasture.
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I would consider re-fencing, but a smaller area. Putting 2 mini's on 20 acres would give me great concern. That's a lot of pasture and could set them up to founder.

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I am not sure what you are asking about referencing a pasture.
Duh! (yes to myself) My brain put an extra R in there EVERY time I read it.

Re-fence. Not reference.


If you (OP) are willing to pay for new fencing I say offer away. Do not be upset if they decline because they think their fencing is just fine.
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I am not sure what you are asking about referencing a pasture.
re fence

I had to read it a couple of times before it made sense to me too.
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Sorry, I should have written it 're-fence' but it was early and I was sleepy My apologies! Yes, I am willing to pay for it. The amount I would have to buy to cover the very bad part is minimal, with what I calculated it shouldnt be more than say $50 to fix the barbed wire at least! The rest of it I am ok with, though I am not thrilled with it. At least I know she wont be ripping her front end up on rusty old barbed wire if I can replace that section.

Mls- Yes and no. I went out and took a quick look around, but the side the gelding was on at the time was the regular electric wire. I didn't know that the land also included the barbed wire on the other side of the gate until I was lunging my mare out there yesterday! It gave me a bit of a heart attack lol

MHFQH- They will not be out on all 20 at once until late fall/early winter. He mows it down and does it in increments, first this small spot, then expanding here, and so on and so forth, keeping it mowed the whole growing season. At the moment they are on less than a half an acre. She also has a grazing muzzle so if I determine that she's gaining a bit much we will muzzle first and if that does not work we will have to cut her pasture area. The gelding has been on this system/pasture for 3 years and is actually quite trim o.o I bounced the idea off of my vet (who also owns minis) and she seems to think it's a great idea as long as I closely watch my mare.
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mls- Yes and no. I went out and took a quick look around, but the side the gelding was on at the time was the regular electric wire. I didn't know that the land also included the barbed wire on the other side of the gate until I was lunging my mare out there yesterday! It gave me a bit of a heart attack lol
Be prepared for them to say no. And consider what you will do if they turn you down. As a BO, when folks step up and ask to change things that were in place when they interviewed, we tend to wonder why they came in the first place.
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AB! Hahahahaha! I was thinking the same thing!!! Very confusing!

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AB! Hahahahaha! I was thinking the same thing!!! Very confusing!
Glad my brain is not the only one who does weird things.
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