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post #1 of 35 Old 02-16-2020, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Electric Fencing and paddock advice.

Hey all.

I am bringing my horse home soon and I have a question about fencing...

We will not be building the barn until next year probably and for the time being he will be in a temporary/ semi-permanently run with a 3 sided lean-to.

I don’t care about ripping out anything when we build the barn. Which is why I say semi-permanent run.

What I would like to do is build the run and place the lean to on the EAST side of the run then when I build The barn it will be on the north side. Then I won’t have to rearrange much.

If this were you what type of fencing would you use? I don’t care about the extra costs if I have to get rid of something when I re-arrange. His safety is my biggest concern.

He’s not really rough on fencing but I’d like to have some sort of electric fencing, biggest issue is I won’t have electricity to his area yet. So I’m hoping solar would work. What are you experiences?

It’s not a huge run... but once everything is finished there will be a 3 stall barn and his paddock - it I open his paddock gate he will have free run of 4 acres of — well maintained forest with very old growth trees. All of which are being limbed and manicured now so nothing will stab him. The previous owners never touched it.. so it’s been a project cleaning it up. But so worth it...

Unfortunately, he won’t have a horse buddy right now so he gets a goat. Not ideal but I can’t have another horse. I don’t have time for that and he is extremely jealous. It’s sounds crazy but he seriously is...

I’m sorry to ramble... I just want more ideas than just my own.

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post #2 of 35 Old 02-16-2020, 10:29 PM
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You might want to consider what I have used, if you can get pipe corral panels put up a small area and run your solar electric around that you will have something that will keep your horse in and you can easily move the panels around later. For the goat you can put fencing on the pipe panels. This might not work in your case, but it is a great way to get started on fencing.
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post #3 of 35 Old 02-16-2020, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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That’s what I was leaning towards.

Have you ever used solar electric fence?

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post #4 of 35 Old 02-16-2020, 11:03 PM
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I'm going to be in your similar shoes this year! Just getting the house built and I am going to have my horses home with me for the first time. I'm going to get some sort of shelter up for them, but it's just going to be electric fence to start. I may or may not have power dug over from the house right away.


I haven't any experience with solar fencers, but I know my family (cattle ranchers) have used basically car batteries to charge fencers when we would (from time to time) put up electric temporary fencing to graze the cattle in certain areas. Yeah, would have to change/charge the battery every so often but it worked. So that might be something to look into as well too.


I have myself on a list to get some permanent corral fencing up this summer. I like that idea because it is something more "secure" to have them in, than the little line of electric fence I am going to put up, LOL. Of course, my two guys are pretty well behaved usually and respect the fence well.


I'll get a waterer dug eventualy so they have heated water over the winter, but that will start with a big tub and a hose run from the house. Until I can get a frost free pipe dug.


So many things to do this summer! My list is huge.
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post #5 of 35 Old 02-16-2020, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly where I am at!!

I heard about the battery thing also.
We may even have the barn up sooner I just don’t want to get ahead of myself!

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post #6 of 35 Old 02-17-2020, 01:38 AM
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I don't like electric around small runs (personal preference) and would rather have wood, field fence or pipe. Doing electric around the larger turnout would be fine. I have no experience with solar but have heard they aren't all that reliable if you have several days of no or minimal sun, even with battery backup. If you plan on eventually running electric to your barn you'd be money ahead to go ahead and get a line run to your future site. Added bonus of being able to have a light and plug in inside the shed.

I'd also try to keep the shed even after the barn becomes a reality because you can never have too many barns/sheds.

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post #7 of 35 Old 02-17-2020, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I thought about running the electric now but it’s just not a good time yet..
We are gonna be landscaping the backyard and making a little path to the back part.
That’s when we are running all the electric.

His small paddock is about 1/4 acre...

So you mentioned wood. That was actually what I was thinking. Initially, I wanted pipe corral Then I would just move it around.
But after thinking about it I figured I could just make the paddocks now and add the barn after.
I would just place the lean to on the other side of where the barn would go. Just imagine a big square. Barn will be build on the right side of the square, and my lean to will be place at the top of the square. Easy to shift!
I need the barn to face a certain direction so the stalls don’t get blasted by the wind when we have the Northeastern winds.

I honestly don’t really care about wasting some fencing...

Definitely keeping the lean-to.

Also.. just a side question..
could he have a buddy cow instead of a goat?

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post #8 of 35 Old 02-17-2020, 07:19 AM
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I used solar/battery for several years. Both for living and fencing. Recently moved and now have electricity but have used battery power in a few temporary spots.


The charger I have can be hooked up to battery or AC as I believe most do.



With solar, a regulator is needed to prevent over charging the battery. Then the fence charger is connected to the battery.



The fence charger will have a maximum wattage or amperage use in the specs....usually on the charger itself somewhere. This along with the possible number of days without sun can be used to size the battery needed along with the size of solar panels needed.


Alternatively, if there is AC at least somewhere, two batteries could be used with one being charged with AC while the other is on the fence. A small battery will last quite a while as the chargers don't really use that much electricity.
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post #9 of 35 Old 02-17-2020, 07:48 AM
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Parmack makes one of the best solar chargers. Has battery back up and you can get a second battery if you are in an issue where you have days in a row of non sunny days. If you go with a different type of battery go with marine. Know that if your fence is shorted by anything touching it it can drain that battery quickly. Other wise the battery can last up to a month.
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post #10 of 35 Old 02-17-2020, 10:13 AM
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My situation here means that I must keep fire prevention in mind, so no wood fences. The great thing about pipe panels is that they last practically forever, and if you get the lighter kind (I have all 3 rail so that the bottom rail is pretty high to avoid casting) you can move them around easily by yourself as needed throughout the years. I needed a safe place that my horse could not get out of, so I used a smaller solar inside the panels to keep the horse from leaning on the panels. Worked great for me, the "pulse" was weak, but just enough to work. Even if you just keep a small corral of this, it's a great way to really keep a escape artist from getting out.
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