Cheapest and safest fencing- apart from post and rail. - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 19Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 07:04 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,256
• Horses: 3
The safest & cheapest fencing, even cheaper than dreaded barbwire, is the thickest gauge high tensile wire. You can have longer runs between posts, however to install it, you do need a fence tightener and every so many feet, we went 400', you need on the fence tighteners. We live in a heavily forested area, trees, huge ones, have fell on this fence. I simply chainsaw off the fallen tree, take my little racquet tool to the tightener and she's all tight again. Oh yes, you do need the corner posts heavy duty braced. I love this fence, replaced post & rail in the pasture with this as the trees were constantly breaking my rails in the winter, too much work replacing. I do have post and rail paddocks with a hot wire on top but I couldn't keep up with that on 10 acres.
Joe4d, OliviaMyee and toto like this.
waresbear is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 07:18 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 3,015
• Horses: 3
I have T-Posts With Non-Horse Climb Fencing - 5 feet (the fencing comes in a roll) and I love it!!! Practically worry-free, and works very well for my mare's pasture. * one must buy the 7 foot T-Posts to aquire a 5 foot fence, as a full 2 feet are secured in the ground. All of these supplies are found @ our local Tractor Supply Store, and I'm sure you have some in your area - good luck! :)
OliviaMyee likes this.
Northernstar is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 09:10 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,129
• Horses: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
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.
I converted to electric rope many years ago and will never turn back. Many folks don't believe it, but if your horse respects electric, you'll have no problem with the electric polyrope. For adult horses, we run only one strand, 3' high, with posts every 30'. In the areas with foals, 2 strands (they tend to sleep and roll under otherwise). We have never had a horse run through, get caught in, or jump over. They will graze right to the edge, but don't mess with the fence. You absolutely cannot beat the cost, install time, and maintenance of it.




On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is online now  
post #14 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 726
• Horses: 1
Thanks every one ! Theres so many options.

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think,
The wise reject what they think, not what they see.
-Huang Po
OliviaMyee is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 06:35 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
We also use the polyrope wire and t-posts with wood posts at the corners. We only use two lines, one at knee height and one at waist height.

We have had a few times that the horses have taken the fence down. We were using a solar charger and not a very good grounding rod. The battery froze in the winter which made it not give a good charge. Once we got a good grounding rod and a 110 AC charger, the horses have left the fence alone.

We have one horse that almost lays her head on the ground to reach under the fence to get at grass outside the fence.

After a few good zaps, the horses usually stay away from the fence even when we leave it turned off.

We do set up temporary pastures along the driveway which we only run one wire. Usually we don't use a charger on that and the horses stay away from it anyway. However, some horses can sense when the fence is off and will test it.
Posted via Mobile Device
OliviaMyee likes this.
usandpets is offline  
post #16 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 09:08 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Surry, Va
Posts: 4,712
• Horses: 0
properly installed high tension cable, with properly installed suitable electric charger, IE at least 2 joules. Once set up you wont have to mess with it again for years. People buy cheap chargers, and that easy to break wire and think it is high tension, or a couple wet weeds lean on fence and grounds it out.
OliviaMyee likes this.
Joe4d is offline  
post #17 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Posts: 4,675
• Horses: 1
Affordability is often a huge issue. Full wood is what a lot of people would like but is one of the most expensive, which is why a lot of people use wire fencing. Using wood posts with wire would also be quite expensive (wood posts costs more and take more time/money/effort to put in). I guess it would be safer than star pickets but the wire is still an issue.

The places I've kept my horse at with the least issues is generally just wire fencing with an electric top line. Or many places add an extra line about 20cm in from the fence and electrify that - which can keep them further from the fence. If the fence is hot they tend to respect it, it's only when they don't that the wire really becomes a safety issue.

Other electric ropes etc probably work just as well - anything that keeps the horse away from the fence.

It's a little more effort and expense setting up an electric system - but in the long runs it's probably the safest option in your price range.

Another thing, a lot of injuries occur when horses get tangled up and panic. Do some work on the ground to get your horse used to having things like ropes and such wrapped around their legs. That way if they do get in a dodgy situation, hopefully they won't panic.
OliviaMyee likes this.
Saskia is online now  
post #18 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 10:26 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: mountian back woods
Posts: 1,569
• Horses: 0
I know its an old thread but it got bumped today--

We cut our own cedar posts to use for posts-- we use high tensile wire on all our horse pastures- its not dangerous as barbed wire and it don't get all loose and saggy-- its easy to tighten and the cedar don't rot like other woods do.

Its a low maintenance fence and its affordable-- we tighten the fence about once every couple years- not because its saggy but just to keep tension on it.. our fencing system can seriously hold back an elephant! Lol.
OliviaMyee likes this.
toto is offline  
post #19 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 11:04 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,256
• Horses: 3
I have seen the deer not quite clear the high tensile and just bounce off of it, not tangle, well not bounce really, more of sommersault, lol.
toto likes this.
waresbear is offline  
post #20 of 20 Old 05-19-2013, 11:11 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: mountian back woods
Posts: 1,569
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
I have seen the deer not quite clear the high tensile and just bounce off of it, not tangle, well not bounce really, more of sommersault, lol.

I feel pretty sure ours could stop a semi truck in its tracks! those sneaky deer just crawl right through ours.. and scare the crap out of our horses, lol.
toto is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Safest Fencing? Live2Ride15 Barn Maintenance 19 05-17-2012 09:52 AM
Electric Fence Insulators for Vinyl & Wood Rail Fencing rhack Barn Maintenance 0 09-28-2011 08:02 PM
Post an rail Fencing faye Farm Forum 0 01-06-2011 07:21 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome