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    10-12-2011, 06:13 PM
  #1
Weanling
Will a horse barge out of hot wire if the wire is On

How many of you have seen a horse get out of one strand of electric wire when the wire is on? Will he just press up against it even if it is hot and get out? I'm curious. I have this area to the front of my yard, part mine and part my neighbors. I just fixed that area so he could eat it down and clean it up some. He has a nice big pasture about an acre that I planted Rye recently so I'm keeping him off it. He has gotten out a few times. First time he realized it wasn't hot as I didnt run a connection to it from the pasture fence. I fixed that saturday and he still got out. I know that you won't be able to feel much of the wire because of having shoes on, so between me not being able to feel much, I'm wondering if the wire is hot, or as hot as it's supposed to be.
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Fixing it the other day, I know it definitely shocked me as I was fixing an area around the t post and I definitely felt it. Can it be hot in certain areas of the fence and not other parts? It is connected solid and everything, no tree branches or anything touching it. Overall I'm just curious if even the wire is on and operating properly, will a horse even touch it at all?
     
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    10-12-2011, 06:19 PM
  #2
Trained
Most horses won't touch a fence if they have been zapped a few times. The entire wire should be hot. If you can touch it and not be knocked on your butt, then your horse isn't even going to flinch. Get something stronger, or a new fence box, or check all the connections again.

That being said, I have also had stupid horses close their eyes and charge right through any fence whether or not they are shocked. I fixed that by getting the most power-packed livestock fence I could possible find without it being cruelty. One zap from that thing and from then on out they would stay in a loose piece of bailing twine.
     
    10-12-2011, 06:20 PM
  #3
dee
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Daughter's horse is a true escape artist. She was in an enclosure at the trainer's that was fenced off with hot tape. First time she got out, was by barging through the tape. After that, she got smart and crawled under it. I lost count of how many times daughter had to go over to the trainers to catch that mare, until the mare figured out that the trainer wasn't going to eat her.

The mare is back home with our own little herd. She's still an escape artist, but at least all she does is head for the good grass in the back yard.
     
    10-12-2011, 06:21 PM
  #4
Showing
One strand of wire, even electrified, is not enough fence to keep in a horse.

The minimum you need to go with is 3 strands, but I'd recommend 4 or 5.
     
    10-12-2011, 06:24 PM
  #5
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Realistically if a 1200 + lb animal doesn't want to stay in a place there is very little you are going to do to force them. Some horses will stay in an enclosure with one strand of baling twine. Others will bust through wood fencing with electric wire. You can try running more strands or a higher setting but there's a chance that your horse has just decided to not stay in there.
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    10-12-2011, 06:31 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Most horses won't touch a fence if they have been zapped a few times. The entire wire should be hot. If you can touch it and not be knocked on your butt, then your horse isn't even going to flinch. Get something stronger, or a new fence box, or check all the connections again.

That being said, I have also had stupid horses close their eyes and charge right through any fence whether or not they are shocked. I fixed that by getting the most power-packed livestock fence I could possible find without it being cruelty. One zap from that thing and from then on out they would stay in a loose piece of bailing twine.
sounds like from what I was reading and the people who make the box say, having rubber shoes on I won't really be able to feel anything or much. The horse should be able to feel it though as he doesn't have rubber shoes on lol. I do have the 2 mile zareba box and thing is, he doesn't try to get out of the othe area. Right at the stable yard, one side is just electric wire while the rest is 1x6's with 4x4 post. On that side with just the wire, the feed and hay is kept there and as greedy as he is, he doesn't even attempt to test that wire lol. I have seen him get shocked a few times and saw how he crazingly jumped back and ran lol.

I might just though, if TSC will take the box back, take it back and get a larger box only if it will be stronger in how much shock it puts out and if its just an easy swap as far as hookup
     
    10-12-2011, 08:26 PM
  #7
Green Broke
A two mile box is extremly weak. Pretty much only suitable for a camping corral,
A couple damp weeds will ground it out. You are correct electrical rated shoes will keep you from feeling much if anything.
Get the AC 100 mile plus weed burner fence charger, They also have cheap fence testers at tractor supply, lots better than grounding yourself and touching the wire.
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    10-12-2011, 08:44 PM
  #8
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So agreed with the people above. I never have problems with my electric fence, in fact Indie will indeed stay in with a bailing twine corral when I put up temp fences...

But come spring and she see's that grass the next property over- keeping her in wire is a nightmare.

But generally, a lot of horses don't really feel the need unless they have their minds set on something (herd mate leaving, or like Indie- FIRST GRASS OF THE YEAR OMG ), some will test it every now and then- but a good zap on the nose keeps em at bay. You gotta generalize on the size of the horse and other aspects of their personality.
     
    10-12-2011, 08:59 PM
  #9
Banned
Ditto, ditto and ditto.

I had an EVIL shetland pony that would stand next to the charger and rock back and forth until she had her timing down and charge through the wire when the current was alternating. We were trying to keep her contained in a dry lot and she wasn't having it.
     
    10-12-2011, 09:13 PM
  #10
Showing
Another ditto. We had a mare when I was a kid that would check the charger to see if it was clicking, if it was off for some reason she'd get out.

I'm glad all of mine respect it. I just finished a new stud lot not too long ago and Dynasty's first test of the fence was slightly funny. I'd led him around prior, he knew it was hot. Turned him loose, he played big man talking to the mares & curling his lip. He tested the fence with his lip curled and got the wire on his gums. Hasn't gotten within 5 feet of the fence since
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