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He breaks it all!
I have two geldings. I have a 3 year old and a 21 year old. I have had them in multiple paddocks. They respect the fences until I walk away. They have run through my electric fences that have four wires across. They have snapped board and pushed through my wooden fences. I need a solution.
Are the paddocks they're in grassy or plenty of hay provided? Where are they breaking out to? Any reasons you know of for them to be challenging the fences? Friends/fear/other animals?
What was the voltage on the electric fence? My gelding really only respects them if they are around 4,000 volts or more.
They have tons of grass they are in a 4 acre paddock. They first started breaking out into the yard. Then started going into my neighbors yards which meant going through woods and crossing streets. I don't know why they keep breaking through.
Probably looking for the "herd". My **** horse does the same thing. Drives me nuts. When i had first got him. The lady had metal all around the fencing to try to keep him in. The only solution I have found is a stronger electric box that pushes out a stronger voltage.
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I'd have some horses that are excellent at tying out xP
I would get a HOT fence....ours is for 10+ acres of HEAVY brush and is just a small grassy area probably 80ft x 80ft. A friends pony I was working with kept running through it and it is 3 strand with a 2 strand gate....we changed it and OMG did he EVER get lit up. And we had a strong fence before....and it CRACKS so the horses know it is hot when they are standing and can hear it.
I would put electric fence on the inside of your wood fence and see how that works....
I haven't had to use a fence charger in many years, so things may have changed, BUT:
I once had a QH mare that would break thru anything ---- until I bought the strongest, long range, cow fence charger on the market for her five acre pasture and made absolutely sure to keep the dirt around the ground bar soaking wet at all times.
Once or twice of being set back on her pretty Buckskin hind end finally cured her.
You DO have good ground (and wet dirt) where the ground wire is hooked to the bar ? Yes???? :?
If not, there's the possible answer. Keep the ground well soaked to be sure the current is going thru at it's maximum voltage:D:D
You could also put a volt meter to the fence to see if the charger really is putting out the max you were told it would. But I would still go to the Co-Op and buy a charger strong enough to keep the Bull behind bars when the cow next door comes in season - lollollol
As walkinthewalk mentioned, a hot fence is only as good as the grounding system!
At least 3 6 foot rods is what I have always heard as a guideline.
I use one of these fence testers weekly to make sure the fence is hot and not arching anywhere.
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