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post #21 of 25 Old 11-02-2011, 04:16 PM
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I have used both metal posts and wire, and wood posts with tape. I would definitely go with the wood and tape. Safer, more visible, and easier to manage in my opinion.

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post #22 of 25 Old 11-02-2011, 09:34 PM
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So I spent the entire day trying to figure out why the fence isn't working... and i still have no clue. There is a charge, but it's so weak that my husband can hold onto it continuously with out even flinching. No wonder my Percheron isn't phased by it. It probably isn't even strong enough for her to feel. SO we will continue tomorrow trying to fix it. I think it's grounding out somewhere and I cant figure out where.
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post #23 of 25 Old 11-04-2011, 02:02 PM
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So I spent the entire day trying to figure out why the fence isn't working... and i still have no clue. There is a charge, but it's so weak that my husband can hold onto it continuously with out even flinching. No wonder my Percheron isn't phased by it. It probably isn't even strong enough for her to feel. SO we will continue tomorrow trying to fix it. I think it's grounding out somewhere and I cant figure out where.

I know this may sound funny, but as long as you know your property well, go out at night and try to find the problem. I have done that a few times and you can actually SEE the spark grounding the wires. I once found one that knocked out 25 acres and it was a small, hair like piece of metal that somehow wrapped its way around the metal post and the wire. It sparked at night, that's the only way I found it.
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GREAT idea!! Thank you!!
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People are different and react to things differently, but I can honestly say that if someone were doing that to my horse, i'd end up in jail also.

THE NERVE of some people.


As to the fencing....at our ex farm, the BO used electric tape fencing, and I really liked it. It did a good job of keeping everyone where they needed to be and it gave my wood chewer nothing to chew on. see fencing



I wish our new farm had that type of fencing....

At the farm we are at now, the man who built the pastures used high tensile cow type wire. There are three strands of it. It's sturdy and thick wire but ummm.... it is not horse appropriate in my opinion. It is nearly invisible. So what we did was buy some weather resistant yellow rope and wrapped it in a circular motion around the top and bottom strands of wire. Like this:



Here is a nice view of the visibility of the wrapped strand of wire vs. the non wrapped strands of wire...we have since wrapped the bottom strand also.



And that solved the problem nicely....made it much more visible, while having the benefit of the sturdy and thick wires.

I love the electric tape fencing best, but this thick sturdy wire stuff is good, too...now that it is more visible.
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