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post #1 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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Cheapest and safest fencing- apart from post and rail.

Can you make fencing just out of good tight wire and wooden posts. Is that considered safe and considered safer than barbed wire fencing ?

What safety building implements would I need to go with in order to make the wooden posts and wire safe ?

How many strands of wire would I need accross the wooden posts ?

Stupid questions I know, I have not much of in idea about fencing !

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 06:30 AM
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If it is electric the horses will generally not go to near it. Mine is, though I would prefer a wooden fence if I had the choice.
Though electric fences can falter and not work, we have had so many problems with ours. A lot having to do with the ground? (My dad knows more about it). But when the electricity doesn't work the horses figure it out and snap the wires trying to get out/get the grass outside. One of my mares got tangled in it, thankfully with no injuries.
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your questions, just wanted to share my experience.
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I wont be going with electric fencing but if that's all I have than ill go with it at the start. Seems like I've got a bit of luck with my dad running a business, he should work out some cheaper fencing supplies for me, but ill have to wait untill his broken ribs have healed in order to build it ! Stupid father.

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^^^ Why don't you want electric?
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Can you make fencing just out of good tight wire and wooden posts. Is that considered safe and considered safer than barbed wire fencing ?

What safety building implements would I need to go with in order to make the wooden posts and wire safe ?

How many strands of wire would I need accross the wooden posts ?

Stupid questions I know, I have not much of in idea about fencing !
If you are not going to make the wire hot then you will have to run hose or tubing over the entire length of the wire, no matter how many strands you run.
The horse(s) will reach through with head to get to grass on the other side or get a hoof caught on it as they stomp at it to get through and risk slicing and dicing as they pull back to get free from the wire.

If you are not wanting a wooden fence rail then I suggest running pipe railing with wooden post if you are stuck on wooden post. Hth
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would this be good ? Horse Fencing | Equirope

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would this be good ? Horse Fencing | Equirope
Electric polyrope like that is what we use.
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Looks good as long as you are going to put power to it. I will ask you to go to google images and type in horse legs with rope burn so I don't have to post those type of pics here. Please do not put up rope or wire that is not going to have a deterrent to them messing with it. There is just to high a risk of injury otherwise.
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There is no such thing as 'safe' fencing with horses!

I have seen horses impaled when they have run into post and rails.

Horses caught in plain wire because they have leant over it and stretched it. (To get it up tight then you need wire strainers and strainer posts every so many yards.)

Barb wire needs no telling about though horses will respect it more than plain.

I have all fields divided with electric rope. It is powered by a mains fencer and they all have a healthy respect for it as it does give a heck of a zap.

Your best and cheapest would be to go with the electric rope and fencer unit.
This needs no straining posts only the adapters that screw into the posts and two lines is enough to keep them in - unless you have a horse that jumps out.
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All Im going to say is safe and cheap are never compatible. You want a good fence, be prepared to pay for quality materials.
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