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yes i did over react. but for the well being of my horse rant / fencing help

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        10-31-2011, 02:43 PM
    It does move around a little in the wind, but there isn't really an issue with that. It's pulled tight, so that's no problem. At first my horses were a little freaked out when the hot fence moved on its own, but they're totally fine now.

    I am not sure if I answered your question... I may have misunderstood what you were looking for.
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        10-31-2011, 04:00 PM
    Oh you answered it just perfectly :) I never make sence anymore lol I have a fenced in yard I am putting him in now cause the temporary fence is not working very well haha he jumps over it.... what about tension wire? I'm looking for safe and cheap
        10-31-2011, 09:49 PM
    I have never used it before. We had wood fences before we put up the polywire tape. The problem with wood is that horses eat it! Haha

    My favorite part about the polywire TAPE is that it's visible, electric, and in the event of an accident, it will break so your horse doesn't get tangled up in a panic. You can see it in the background here:

    And here's a good areal of it. Haha, I'm such a dork!

    Now that we use it, I wouldn't go with anything else.
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        11-01-2011, 01:51 AM
    Omg .... 1) I LOVE YOUR HORSES! SOOO CUTE! 2) I really love the look of the tape. Almost looks like white painted wood. Oh and we can totally be dorks together... cause I have my moments ... a little more than most haha
        11-01-2011, 11:17 AM
    The posts are all white painted wood... I spent many many many hours painting all those posts this summer! And thank you, I work hard at keeping my horses cute! Blaze, the one in the top picture has put on quite a bit of weight since then. She's my old lady, and is a hard keeper. She's looking good now. And Tuffy, the Paint, is almost impossible to keep white. She LOVES mud. Its like the dirty joke- a white horse fell in the mud. Except she rolled in the mud. Over and over and over and over hahaha

    As for the fence, you can use only 3 levels or even 2 depending on your horse. I had to use a fourth and make it high because I have a 2 year old Percheron that LOVES causing trouble... She's just shy of 17h and I thought she might jump it. So I made it higher. Its not that expensive, and its a worthwhile investment.
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        11-01-2011, 12:35 PM
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    I use hot wire and metal posts. I'll look for what my charger is - I know it's not expensive and keeps my 4 in.

    On the note of him abusing your horse, I would've shot anyone who came on to my property, or sic my mare on them. Since you were renting and they were allowed on site kind of made is tricky..
        11-01-2011, 12:51 PM
    I agree with gigem88--You rented HIS property, but your horse is YOUR property, which you have a right to protect. I think, in the end you'll be MUCH happier on your family's land. I agree with starting with electric fencing. I had to have it where I used to rent space, but I got really tired of it--Just MHO. Putting in 8 ft., 8 in. Diameter posts are an excellent idea. After you have some space enclosed, if you want something more permanent, here is a suggestion--buy a 100 ft. Roll of cattle fencing ~$130, and cheaper than horse fencing, it's safe, but shorter. You can buy wood for a top rail, instead of topping it off with 2 strands of barbed wire, as you often see done. (You'll put the wood on the INSIDE of the fence, and get 2 x 8's, then place them so there isn't a gap between the cattle fencing and the wood rail.) Look for sales at Home Depot or Lowe's or any other building supply store, and buy a few pieces at a time. I've discovered (for other farm projects) that Lowe's sells leftover pieces at a discount. We live near a college town, and a lot of customers don't want to store the leftovers after Lowe's has cut their pieces for them, and this is what they do with them for a few days before they throw them away!! (I know--what a waste!!)
    MY property had aged cattle fencing. I replaced it with 4-rail metal pole fencing, and I miss the cattle fencing in one respect, since it kept out small animals and neighbor's dogs. If you go this route you'll want to stretch the fencing, but you can do that with your Bobcat. When you get done, post some pics for us to admire. =D
        11-01-2011, 01:37 PM
    You can sue them in civil court and possibly report them to animal control for what they did to your animal, since you have video. Yes, you wound up in jail...but I'd still sue them for damages. I'm so sick and tired of people abusing animals and having no real repercussions or a slap on the wrist....

    Granted...I didn't see what got done to the jerk, but....
        11-02-2011, 11:29 AM
    Thanks you everyone for your great replies! For temporary cost effectiveness reasons ihave decided to use electrified galvanized wire. I priced tape at my local farm supply store and wow. They are too high priced for my situation at the moment. I am also looking into a fence charger on ebay found a 15 mile one for 30 bucks. I willl post a link after I write this lol. I do love the look of the tape but I am going to waitt for next spring as right now we are supposed to get snow (no accumulation) and I'm kinda rushed by the fact that winter is coming weather I like it or I want to do it right and have it as nice looking as sarahann's not going to lie I have seen some bad tape jobs in my area lol all my costs are adding up quite quickly and I still have to buy a heated water tub which will be cheaper than buying a galvanized tank and float.
    And as for the abusive p.o.s....I got my revenge. Pretty sure he is scarred for life and will probably never be able to have children if ya know what I mean. It was worth the overnight sleepover at the county jail lol
        11-02-2011, 02:28 PM
    I am having an issue with my tape for the first time ever. I will fill you in when I have more time... Right now I'm not getting a charge in one of my pens, and my Percheron thinks it means she's free to do whatever she wants.
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