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    02-14-2011, 02:10 PM
Do you use hot wire fencing?

I'm not sure where to post this so I decided the training section would be appropriate... I bought a house up in the mountains and have about six acres I am going to be fencing in with solar hot wire because there is not power source. There is already a 4" no climb fence installed and I am going to be installing a three row 2" tape hot wire fence inside of that one because of the predators in the area. No one has had any problems with their horses being attacked but I feel like using hot wire would be safest to keep predators out and my horses in.... Long story short, what I want to know is do they still work when it is raining outside? I have never used hot wire before and would love to here the pros and cons. Thanks you:)
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    02-14-2011, 02:21 PM
I have hot wire fencing but its plugged in. I don't know anything about solar chargers but I think as long as its not grounded* it should work.

*grounded meaning touching grass, branches, snow or anything that touches the ground and the fence
    02-14-2011, 02:26 PM
Thank you! The solar shock systems are grounded just like the AC and DC systems. I had read somewhere that they stopped working if it was raining and I wanted to hear from other people who actually use hot wire to see if it did or not. My horses has been boarded for years and she is finally moving home! I hope she learns to respect the hot wire quickly.
    02-14-2011, 03:15 PM
The barn I am at has hot wire fencing. It works in the rain. Unfortunately we don't have acres of gorgeous land in the mountains!

I guess the only con I can think of is if the wire snapped. I'm not sure how it would be fixed! They really work well though, the horses know not to come near the fence. Can't speak to whether or not it would keep animals out but I don't see why it wouldn't. Unless the animal was small enough to squeeze under the bottom wire I would think it would be fine!
    02-14-2011, 03:16 PM
My mare was kept in a stall for 2 years. She learned to respect it FAST. A few zaps and they are good. My gelding doesnt even need the fence to be turned on, as long as he knows its there he is good. The mare will just bust through it if there is grass on the other side and if the fence isnt plugged in
    02-14-2011, 03:40 PM
So long as you get a charger that is designed for outdoor use in all weather conditions,then it will continue to work when it's raining, snowing, or whatever. One thing about electric fences is that once the horses learn to respect them, many horses won't cross the fenceline even if the fence is down unless you are leading them.
    02-14-2011, 03:48 PM
When it's raining, it works even better. The wetter the ground or the animal touching it is, the stronger the shock. Hot wire works great in the right hands. It's a disaster in my boarding facility because people let tumbleweeds, metal, etc touch the tape and it grounds the fence out (makes it useless). Either that, or they let pieces of ribbon lay on the ground without repairing it and that grounds it out, too.

If it were just me, I would be perfectly happy with it. You just need to do an inspection every day. It keeps our 5 drafts out of the streets just fine.
    02-14-2011, 03:53 PM
We have snow, ice, rain and the solar charger works and works well. You can even hear that "snap" when a horse or mule or whatever hits it. Our solar charger works well in the winter also, even with dark days.
    02-14-2011, 03:56 PM
Thank you for the responses! I am feeling like I made the right choice to erect a hot wire fence now! I will definitely be keeping the weeds and grass from touching it so it doesn't ground it out. I will also be keeping extra tape on hand just in cast a line snapped. The solar unit I bought is made for all weather conditions, I guess I am just nervous because I want my horses and mini donkey to be safe. Right now they all have their own stall with a 40ft run but they LOVE being out at pasture so I think they are going to love our new house. It has been my life long dream to have my horses at home and thanks to my fiance it is finally happening!
    02-14-2011, 04:47 PM
Not to hijack this thread, but what do you guys do about your electric fencing when the power goes out? We're in the country compared to the rest of our city, who gets priorities during outages, so our power goes out for 3+ days sometimes. We have split rail to reinforce the wire, but what about those of you who don't, that just have electric?

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