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    04-12-2012, 11:08 PM
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Weanling
Horse keeps jumping electric fence?

Hi
So I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to stop my horse jumping the electric tape at my place. We are on a small block of about 3 acres and at this point it is all one paddock. I have been using electric tape to break it up into smaller sections but now he has decided to start going whereever he pleases! Until we can afford to split the paddock up with post and rail (hopefully soon ) I am stuck using the tape. I wondered if there are any tips on how I can put him off jumping it, I cannot find any taller pig tails that would make it higher and wondered if running a second tape about a metre away would make it look less jumpable? Or could that possibly be dangerous for him? I'm sure he could still clear it fine but it might be enough to make him think twice. His mini buddy is always in the same area as him but taped into her own space so it isnt that he is seeking out company. Its so frustrating to get home and see him munching on the grass that is meant to be having a rest!
     
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    04-12-2012, 11:31 PM
  #2
Yearling
A real shame you cannot get your hands on the taller poles. However, I have found using warratahs (I think they're also called Y posts) with electric fencing works well - if not better. They are relatively cheap (I think from memory they're cheaper than the taller standards that I admit do get flimsy at times) and you can use your smaller standards/pigtails in between. My current setup is warratahs, the taller poles and smaller standards and it works very well. Put a line on the top of the warratahs and pull it tight - this should deter any jumping. I know someone who put a smaller fence in front of the same setup as mine to deter her very talented jumper. It has worked a treat!

Here's a photo (please excuse me and my horse haha)...

I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of my fencing alone (really ought to do so!) but in the back of this picture you can see that I have the warratah and then a smaller pole. I only have four warratahs in this particular fence, though admittedly I have a some of the taller standards too. It works very well and is very sturdy... the great thing is warratahs are more permanent than just the standards for a boundary fence... but at the same time if you really need to move them, you can pull them out of the ground!
     
    04-12-2012, 11:47 PM
  #3
Banned
You need to make it higher.
     
    04-13-2012, 12:19 AM
  #4
Weanling
What a lovely horse

I have done a search on warratahs or star posts so might look at getting some if they arent too expensive. I guess I could always sell them once our permanent fencing is done. I remember reading a post on here about someones horse being impaled through the chest by one of those but I guess its just one of those many things that can happen with horses! And probably a bit of a freak accident.
I can't wait to have actual fences and not have to be lugging standards and tape around!
     
    04-13-2012, 12:29 AM
  #5
Yearling
I hear you about the forever nature of changing fences. As you can see I have a fat horse and lots of grass. Her paddock, is very very low on grass itself so I'm forever moving the fence when she's ready to be moved along.

Warratahs can easily be made safe if you put the plastic caps on them. Standards can break their holders and become more dangerous than warratahs. I've found my horses have respected them and never bothered to play/use them as scratching posts. Any warratahs not in use in the paddock (I have some set up but have taken the actual fencing down) I've put tyres on top so they can't harm themselves - it works a treat!

I personally prefer warratahs over post and rail, as do a lot of my horse owner friends. Whilst p&r looks snazzy, it's harder to maintain - and all the wooden posts around my paddocks have slowly begun to be replaced with warratahs as a little miss won't keep her mouth off them. I got asked why I had fencing around a perfectly good fence a month ago - I explained that I wanted that fence to remain upright and not be chewn!!

I see you're also in NZ... I think from memory my warratahs were $6 something per warratah from CRT. I bought ten at the time and still have about four left in the shed - you don't need to go overboard as they're quite sturdy :)
     
    04-13-2012, 01:48 AM
  #6
Weanling
Ah ok, I've never seen them with caps before which makes sense safety wise. I definitely will look into them because the post and rail is going to cost quite a lot. I might just get one permanent fence put in to split the pasture in two and then warratahs for the rest.
Whats the full name of CRT?
     
    04-13-2012, 01:59 AM
  #7
Yearling
CRT is the full name I'm under the impression of. This is the website: CRT - CRT Home But I live in Christchurch, unsure of where you are, but they should have some sort of rural trading outlet. We have about three or four bigger ones here... I think PGG Wrightsons is nationwide, but don't quote me on it. CRT have stores all over the south island.

Good luck!
     
    04-13-2012, 06:31 AM
  #8
Weanling
Thanks for that, I've had a look at their website and they have some good stuff on there! I'm based in auckland and it looks like they are only in the south island but I should be able to find suppliers up here or I could order online. I also saw deer standards which could be an idea although they are rather expensive. For now I have run the tape back along the single tape about a metre out, he eyed it up and then wandered off so it should do for now!
     

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