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post #3021 of 3149 Old 05-15-2013, 12:46 PM
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For those of you with the high tensile. Do you have any issues with visibility? I've seen some people tie white or red strips of fabric so that the fence is more visible. Do you do that, or has visibility not been an issue with it? We never had an issue on dad's farm, but it's wide open area. The place I'm looking at has a lot of trees, so will the wire blend in, or will it be easy to see?
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post #3022 of 3149 Old 05-15-2013, 02:05 PM
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My barn had pieces of bright fabric tied on it. I would do that just so in the beginning the horses can see the fence line when they are new to the area. Now the fabric is faded so it's as simple as walking the horse along the fence line. I don't worry about it too much. And they do every other line is electric and I think they have 5 lines high in the pastures and 6 lines high in the paddocks.
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post #3023 of 3149 Old 05-15-2013, 03:03 PM
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For those of you with the high tensile. Do you have any issues with visibility? I've seen some people tie white or red strips of fabric so that the fence is more visible. Do you do that, or has visibility not been an issue with it? We never had an issue on dad's farm, but it's wide open area. The place I'm looking at has a lot of trees, so will the wire blend in, or will it be easy to see?

On our 5/6 strand fences,I've never worried about it because it is quite visible.The one and two strand fence,I tie brightly colored flagging tape to it.
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We have always used electric wire I belive 14 guage. Anyway...If we thought there would be a problem with visibility (deer too) we tied old sock halves to the wire.


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post #3025 of 3149 Old 05-15-2013, 09:21 PM
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We always walked our horses around the high tensile wire fence before they were let loose. It still seemed that they went through it at least once.

I much prefer a good ole 3 or 4 strand barbed wire with wooded picket posts. The horses can see it, and you don't have to electrify it to keep them in.
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post #3027 of 3149 Old 05-16-2013, 01:36 AM
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We always used 1 inch pvc rings every foot or so on the top strand to promote visibility with high tensile. Around here though more often than not youll see barbed wire though.

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post #3028 of 3149 Old 05-16-2013, 02:16 PM
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I'm agreeing with Galloping Guitarist - I run 3 and 4 strand barbed wire some gets charged if there are cattle around. Never had a problem with barbed wire but that smooth stuff has wrecked more than a few good horses.

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post #3029 of 3149 Old 05-16-2013, 04:26 PM
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I'm agreeing with Galloping Guitarist - I run 3 and 4 strand barbed wire some gets charged if there are cattle around. Never had a problem with barbed wire but that smooth stuff has wrecked more than a few good horses.
Back home, we had nothing but trouble with barbed wire. Maybe it was because our horses were pushers, but they'd get cut up rubbing against the barbs, or work thier heads between the lines and end up ripping out a section of mane. Not to mention a little colt we had that somehow broke a line and got it wrapped around his leg. Those barbs did a lot of damage.
Never had an issue with the normal high tensile though, until the charger shorted out and it wasn't electrified anymore.
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post #3030 of 3149 Old 05-16-2013, 07:14 PM
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The barn I was at didn't have the high tensile wire powered. Plain old three strand fence. Most people around here though use barbed wire for pasture.
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