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post #1 of 19 Old 08-29-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping horse AWAY from the fence?

So Friday morning I went to feed the horses and found my horse had sliced the back of his foot open. One expensive Vet visit and many stitches later, my horse was hauled away for stall rest at a friend's barn.

Called the neighbors we share a fenceline with, they came out to help walk it and we discovered their gelding had his chest bruised and sliced open. So basically the two idiot geldings whom are both convinced they are studs (ha ha ha) were fighting over the fence, mine reared up and when he came down, caught his foot on the top of the no-climb and sliced it open.

The neighbor has agreed to not pasture his gelding on the shared fenceline BUT he's still there! Now granted my horse isn't here and he knows that (he loaned me a mare to keep my boarder company while my horse is off on stall rest) so I don't know if he plans on leaving him there until mine comes back home or what.

Either way, I want to make d*mn sure my horse never goes near that fence again. The fence is mine, so I can do whatever I'd like to it. It's currently 3 maybe 4' no climb with 2 strands of wire above it on capped t-posts. I was going to run electric on 3" insulators but hubby thinks that won't prevent him from picking another fight and doing this again.

Any suggestions on a somewhat inexpensive way to fix this? My pasture is 15+ acres, so we aren't talking a small area although only one side borders the neighbors. 2 of the other sides are my pastures (with cows) and the 3rd is an unfenced empty field that I don't know who owns. I have an electric fence charger that is tied into my house electricity that is out there (don't know anything about it, came with the house).
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I know the feeling:/
I put up "distance holders", which stand out into the pasture, with electricity, to keep horse from touching the actual fence. You can get long insulators or use small narrow boards attached to each post with screw in insulator. That way you can pick the length. Put them up straight out, horizontally, or diagonally up, which gives more distance to the other culprit.
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I know the feeling:/
I put up "distance holders", which stand out into the pasture, with electricity, to keep horse from touching the actual fence. You can get long insulators or use small narrow boards attached to each post with screw in insulator. That way you can pick the length. Put them up straight out, horizontally, or diagonally up, which gives more distance to the other culprit.
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I didn't know that existed, it's a great idea.

I was going to suggest a second set of t posts, with electric 3' in from the first line.
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I'm being told that the distance extenders won't keep the "studs" from rearing and attempting to fight over the fence.

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I'd use the homemade boards. The store-bought insulators are only 5" long. In the OP 's case she needs as much distance as she can get.
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Maybe not, but given they are far enough off the wire fence at least they don't get hurt doing the " manly" thing
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Oh, and I would use electric tape for that extra line. That way they can't say " I didn't see that"
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And it has to have juice on! First one who leans over gets zapped. Make sure it doesn't short out anywhere, seems like they need the full load to come to their senses ...
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Insulators at farm store that I just bought are 10 inches long. And if you sink posts inside the existing fence, can get a good margin of safety.

Have you had your gelding checked to make sure he isn't producing testosterone still?

But hot wire will keep them away from the fence more than likely. At the other place I had had horses, there was one strand up until they could run fence. Her horses heard that sound and would not even go with 3 feet of it, period.

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Haven't had him checked because the Vet said he could pretty much guarantee that the tests would say his testosterone levels are higher than they should be for a gelding but that doesn't necessarily mean he is a cryptorchid and the Vet said he'd bet good money he's not and that right now it would be a waste of $$ to run tests. Just keep him in individual turnout or with some cranky mares and he's fine.
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