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BigGirlsRideWarmbloods 06-23-2011 04:10 AM

Making High tensile smooth wire fencing safer?
 
Hello!
So we bought a new house with horse facilities and the pasture is fenced with 5 strands smooth, high tensile, hot wire. Replacing the entire fence with no-climb woven fencing is not financially realistic. Historically my mare respects hot wire but, she's pregnant with the foal due around March of next year.

What can I do to keep my mare safe now, but also between now and winter, what can I do to make the fencing we have safer for the foal in the future.
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maura 06-23-2011 06:47 AM

IMO, correctly maintained high tensile fencing is very safe for most horses, particularly if some or all of the strands are hot. (There's some disagreement about that, some horse people really dislike it. I started out disliking it, and after having horses out in it for a while, changed my mind.) The correctly maintained part means ensuring that the tension is correct. I have seen a horse run into high tensile full tilt and have the wire stretch slightly and the horse bounce right back into the paddock. You certainly don't want it loose or sagging, you want it tight enough that you have to apply a lot of force to get the wire to give.

I think it's fine for your mare alone.

Turning a foal out in it would worry me. Foals have to *learn* to respect fence, including hot wire, and I'd be concerned about them getting hung up in the fence before they figured it out. I'm assuming that there's enough space between five strands for a foal to get a leg through.

The only thing I can suggest is to fence a small area for the foal using some other fencing inside the high tensile wire.

Crossover 06-23-2011 11:00 PM

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Originally Posted by BigGirlsRideWarmbloods (Post 1073838)
Hello!
So we bought a new house with horse facilities and the pasture is fenced with 5 strands smooth, high tensile, hot wire. Replacing the entire fence with no-climb woven fencing is not financially realistic. Historically my mare respects hot wire but, she's pregnant with the foal due around March of next year.

What can I do to keep my mare safe now, but also between now and winter, what can I do to make the fencing we have safer for the foal in the future.
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Personally I have my mares and foals on 4 strands of electric rope or tape. For my babies I place them in a smaller pen (my large fenced in back yard) with two strands of electric rope on a low voltage battery charger for the first week or so until I know they will avoid it. I place it about a foot from the fence so if they do hit the fence they cannot run through it and get tangled up. I haven't had any issues and always keep an eye out the first couple of days and never leave them in the yard if I leave the farm. I now have to nice healthy babies running around in the big pasture and no problems with the fence. I won't leave them overnight until at least a month old. I also leave a halter on mom and foal the first day I put them in a new situation just in case. The one with the foal is Millie's first day out in the backyard.
With the smooth, lots of ribbon or flags.


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