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post #1 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Had to take Chief back to the barn.

So we just built a fence and area for Chief at my house, we used landscape timbers and four foot field fence raised about a foot off the ground. Chief wouldn't stop pushing the fence trying t go through it, so we had to bring him back to the barn until we have the funds to put up hotwire. Any suggestions on how to get him off of the fence (because he does it at the barn too)?
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 02:28 PM
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hot wire may cure it. they learn to respect it pretty fast.

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Yep. It usually takes one good zap for them to figure it out. I wouldn't wuss out on the power though. Get one that will have a strong, reliable current.
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post #4 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 02:49 PM
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Agreed...I have yet to see a horse that doesn't lean on fences when they don't have a hot wire.
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post #5 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 04:12 PM
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hot wire! learns them pretty fast! my QH has delt with it for 5 years that i know of and will stay away from the fence a few feet adn when its on even farther! the paints seem to learn a while and then they will try again then get Zaped freak out and run around and then stay away from it.
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I just got a solar charger off Craigslist for $40 that is normally $600. My husband got shocked by it and he said it's almost as bad as getting tazed. Lol poor guy. He is an officer so has been tazed in the past, he didn't expect that from a solar electric charger;)
Yes get an electrice wire put up, they learn REAL quick.
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post #7 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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A friend of mine (more experienced and knowledgeable than I) suggested that hot wire may not be enoungh to keep him in. She recommended that I put insulators with hot wire through them inside of the fence and put barbed wire atop the fence. Any suggestions on that? Should I just try the hotwire first? By the way, this lady is at the barn I keep him at so she has seen the way he pushes on the fence.
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post #8 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 11:13 PM
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I don't like barb wire at all. A good strong hot wire should be enough.

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post #9 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I think I'll still put the insulators, just in case the barbed wire is absolutely neccesary or we decide to put boards across the top of the field fence.
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post #10 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 11:26 PM
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I don't think barbwire would be needed. I think an electric fence would do it just fine. I also don't like barbwire for horses, it's not a good combination.
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