We recently added a top hot wire to the fence line on one side (barn's in the middle so I haven't run the other side yet). I did this to get them off the fence for one, they're mangling my cattle panels, and also to get them use to the idea of a hot wire fence, so when we fence in the next 2+ acres they'll be respectful of the fence and already know to stay off it. In other words, we're breaking them to the hot fence now with just one strand so when they get the rest of the land they'll already be prepared. I'm pretty sure neither of our mares have been on hot before but I really don't know. I know the first day it was on they were nervous and I don't know if that's why they're acting so spooky now too, still nervous.
Any suggestions? I don't really want to have to relocate the feeding area because I have the pony stall right now to use and won't have that if I move them.