Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
I used to very 'old school' and only use sturdy field fencing, e.g. no climb, but with the cost of fencing and the time it takes to put it up, in the last 5 years, I've switched to using electric rope fencing and love it. With fairly level ground you can get away with a post (wood or t-post) every 30 feet and a single strand, but we did put two strands on a side of one pasture because of the deer.
It's very inexpensive, fast, and easy to put up and our mares don't mess with it. Also, easy to repair and bounces back from tree limbs, etc. We haven't had any problems with deterioration from the sun or drops across splices.
I agree to get an overrated charger...for the small additional price, you'll get a lot of additional zap if you have weeds, etc, and making sure you have a good ground will help you more than anything else (with any electric fence).
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