Do you think this fencing would be dangerous?
I have been looking at electric fence options for my mini as I keep her in with my gelding but tape off a small section of his paddock for her. I am rather over using tape and find that the times that my energiser has run out juice she gets out. I have been looking at other alternatives rather than building permanent fences and came across a mesh electric fence called Euronet which is sold is 50m rolls. It looks great in that its all one piece with the posts attached and shifting it around is easy, you just roll it up. However I am wondering about the safety of it given the size of the gaps between the wires and whether it would be risky for a hoof getting caught.
I will try and attach the picture from the website, if anyone can offer their thoughts that would be great. The website advertises it as fencing for mainly sheep and other stock but doesnt mention horses.
My metric measurement understanding is non existence - how big are the openings in inches? How high is it? My first thought is that it should be safe but that may change once I hear more about the sizing.
^ Agreed with that
Also, does the mini have shoes? My mare, Selena, likes to paw and get the back of her shoe caught. If it's towards the end of their life she'll often pull them of herself, or pull back and tear the fence, or she'll just remain stuck until I unstick her.
The overall height is quite high, it works out to be 41.7 inches which is taller than a single wire pigtail standard post you get in NZ. The top and bottom gaps work out to be 6 inches tall and the middle ones are 4 inches tall. They dont provide the measurements for the gaps width-wise so not sure if they are perfect squares or are more rectangular. Its hard to tell from the diagram. The bottom 2 wires arent electrified which stops it from shorting on the grass.
She isnt shod and she is pretty respectful of any fencing when she knows its hot. The only problem that might arise would be if the battery ever went flat then she might test it but I dont think she would try jump it, I think the times she has gotten out before she just ducked through the tape which was 3 strings.
If the wire was coated then I would probably be more sure about it but am thinking that is its just wire it would cut her more easily if a foot ever managed to go through. Just cant decide whether the squares are big enough that if a foot went through it would come back out easily. She does have pretty small hooves and I dont think my gelding would mess with it.
Why not get a solar energizer instead of running it off just batteries? Then it wouldn't "run out of juice".
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I do have a solar portable energiser which is great but I have found that over winter its been running out because its not getting enough sunlight. I have been alternating it with a battery powered one to let it charge which works well but I thought I would look at getting a stronger one that gives more kick than my two smaller energisers. Also I find that in high winds sometimes the tape manages somehow to come off the multi string posts which grounds the charge and then she escapes. I just find taking down the tape and setting it up every time I switch paddocks takes a long time and this mesh looks so nice and easy to move around! It would also stop my dogs from getting in and being savaged by the mini beast - they never learn :wink:
I know a lady who has something similar to this but the mesh was like electric tape. She used it for her poultry.
I would be leary of the type you are looking at when used with a escape artist. Your mini is going to try and get out once she realises the electric is down. I have some permanent fencing like that very sturdy on one part of my property and although my haflinger had never messed with it and didn't worry of course one day he put his hoof through one of the squares. He is definately a fence monster ;-)
I think it's worth a try. The height is good - you're right she probably wouldn't jump it (in fact if she's a mini and she can jump that high then she should be on the international mini show jumping circuit) and because it's a mesh design there's no place for her to really duck under. If you are concerned about the hoof going through the fence holes, perhaps you could make little cardboard cutouts the same size as the fence holes and try slipping them over her hoof to check out tightness and ease of movement.
Lol, yes if she managed to clear that I would be very impressed! I think providing I have it well secured and pulled tight there wouldnt be too much danger if she kicked at it. Thats a good idea about using a cardboard cut out, I think I will try it. Chandra, yes it actually says on the website that it is for chickens as well. Its a pity its not made of tape though, I have searched other sites for tape mesh but havent found any in New Zealand.
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