We live on a little mountain as I call it, there's lots of hidden rocks and kind of steep hills. I can't mow it all, nor regularly with my tiny riding mower.
I put up 2 hot wire fence for my pony and he did a wonderful job of eating it nice and short!
But my mare has the rest of the 4 acres to herself and the 4 sheep to help eat it up. It's still fairly thick over there. I was hanging streamers on the pony's fence so he will remember the fence likes to bite him. And I stopped and started up the fence line. One side was neatly trimmed up and lovely and the other 'hairy', made me think of putting up another fence and toss my mare in there and have her 'mow it down' for me.
What I'm wondering is how steep of a hill can a horse stand and graze on?
How wide should these strips be? I was going to do at least 10ft wide and up to 40ft, depending on how long they will be.
My mare respects hot wire, should I go with one wire or two like the pony has?
I use bare 14ga wire with white step-in posts. I don't use the black ones because they are less visible for the horses. Are there any cheaper easy posts out there?
Can insulated wire be left on the ground and stepped on or will I need to attach it up to the barn?
I don't think my mare will attempt to jump the fence, so what height should the wire be at? Her chest, lower or higher?