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        06-10-2010, 03:10 PM
      #21
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    Once I get a job and get money of my own, I do plan on trying to get the fences in better condition. We used to have an electric fence around some of the pasture, but after the charger-thing messed up, my uncles just replaced it with barbed wire and left it at that.

    I personally wish we had something like an electric fence, or some sort of small, horse/cow-safe chain-link... even a wood fence would be better than what we currently have. All I can do right now is try to make it better with the barbed wire we use, but like I said, once I get a job (and i've been looking for going on two years) I plan on trying to get our fences better (and hope no-one jumps my case about it... in the family, I mean... as my uncles think that barbed wire is the only fence to keep livestock in and any other fence will break or not keep them in...).
         
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        06-10-2010, 03:28 PM
      #22
    Trained
    You gotta use what you have...is barbed wire ideal? Far from it, but sometimes we are at no power to change it immediately. Where I am at, pretty much everyone around here has their horses in barbed wire...

    It looks like Jaxxon leaned up against something to scratch, and got a bit more than he bargained for! I had a QH like that too...he was always injured, and we had woven wire fencing, no barbed wire!!!
         
        06-10-2010, 03:30 PM
      #23
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    I do not disagree that you have to use what you have. But you can not call the horses accident prone if you are not providing them with fencing that is reasonably safe. The poor things really do not stand a chance. (obviously if the pasture is 100s of acres it would be different.)
         
        06-10-2010, 03:47 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    I can say- the electric fence is the ONLY thing that keeps my animals in! I have an 800 lb boar hog that just loooves to get out and mess up the garden- he is held in with one strand of hot wire. I tried everything- this is an animal that can snap a 2x6 for fun. Board fences, everything, hogs shred them. One hot wire about 18 inches off the ground keeps Bill in his place.

    Goats? I have a large herd of milking goats- the only thing that restrains them is the hotwire. Goats can have a feeder full of feed, all the hay they can eat, and lush pasture- but they see something they want, they will get through anything to get it. My goat pasture is right along side my orchard and garden- if it wasn't for the hotwire my veggies and trees would be fair game.

    Electric fence chargers really don't cost all that much. I have bought mine when they go on sale for around 50$. The posts you can put 20 feet apart so you don't need many. And I can get 2000 feet of electric tape ribbon for about 50$.

    Lot less expensive than constant vet bills.
         
        06-10-2010, 03:48 PM
      #25
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    Lot less expensive than constant vet bills.
    Britt, maybe you can sell your mother on this point and she can help you with your uncles.
         
        06-10-2010, 03:58 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    We never would have made it here without electric. We moved onto a 50 yr old farm with fencing so rusted that it fell apart if you touched it wrong. A couple strands of electric gave us all the time in the world to fix fence. In fact, we are still replacing some sections 11 yrs later, but never have problems as long as the charger is running. (except having to put it back up if the herd of deer comes through. Seems the electric doesn't bother them.) Good luck!
         
        06-10-2010, 04:04 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Apachie, are you using the electric wire or the tape?

    I use a yellow electric tape from Zareba. It is reflective in the night, and it flutters in the slightest breeze. We are on prime deer hunting land here and I haven't had my fence pulled down since switching from the 17 gauge wire to the tape. They see it much better and it frightens them to stay away.
         
        06-10-2010, 04:10 PM
      #28
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    Originally Posted by draftrider    
    Apachie, are you using the electric wire or the tape?

    I use a yellow electric tape from Zareba. It is reflective in the night, and it flutters in the slightest breeze. We are on prime deer hunting land here and I haven't had my fence pulled down since switching from the 17 gauge wire to the tape. They see it much better and it frightens them to stay away.
    Wow, I just looked it up, cool stuff.

    A barn I worked at had the white tape it was the 1 1/2" kind and in the winter when there was snow the hyper active arabian horses they bred would run right through it.
         
        06-10-2010, 04:17 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    OHH that is because they don't have a ground wire.

    The circuit is completed by the animal's feet touching the ground. If there is snow it insulates them.

    I put up 2 strands of tape, then half way between them I put a single strand of 17 gauge wire. The 17 gauge wire is not electrified but it is on insulators. It runs back and attaches to 3 ground rods, then to the ground plug on the fencer.

    When the horse leans into the fence they will contact the hot and ground wire, completing the circuit between the 2 and getting a darn good zap.

    The ripple tape I use is only about 1/2 inch wide. I've seen that wider stuff, but this works good.
         
        06-10-2010, 05:08 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    We have both the wire and the rope type. A lot of our pasture edges in to the woods, and the tape would always break when a limb would fall, the other seems to hold up better against that. I guess it's a fair trade, either the branches or the deer, lol.
         

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