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post #1 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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First post here & would like to start out and say hello to everyone.My wife & i have been around horse's off & on most of our live.But have never own one.And are considering getting two horse's for the grand kids.But right now we are looking at the fencing we would need & area .Now my question. Is it ok to fence in a horse with just hot wire ? Remember i am as green as they come when it comes to horse's
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 05:03 PM
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We used only hot wire (two strands) to fence in three mules, a horse and a donkey for three years with no problems. I tied marking tape at close intervals on both strands to make it easier for them to see. Once they learned where it was, they never bothered it. Tape might be a better idea, since it's easier to see.

Just NEVER use barbed wire! Horses get startled and bolt, and can get tangled up and badly hurt in barbed wire.
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 05:13 PM
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Most of our horses are contained part of the way around the pasture by a single strand of hot wire; however, given the chance to do it again, I would purchase some electric tape. It is much easier for the horse to see, especially at night. I was actually looking at some today because there is some fencing that needs to be redone and this is about the cheapest I have been able to find that still looks like really good quality.
2In Wide Reinforced Mega Tape - Horse.com

They also have similar 2 inch wide tape that is not quite as heavy duty but I am going to get what I posted above because we have a real problem with wind in this area.

One thing to consider: you might want to ask if these horses you are buying have ever seen electric fencing before. If they haven't, they are likely to throw a fit and go to running the first time they touch it (and they will touch it). I have heard of horses panicking and running through other fences after being bit by an electric fence the first time. None of mine have ever done it but that doesn't mean that it doesn't happen. Just something else to think about.

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 05:53 PM
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I only use no climb horse fence. To me it is just safer and I don't have to worry about my kids touching an electric fence. It is pricy though and we have had to replace our fence in sections.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank u MuleWrangler & Smrobs that feels better on the wallet. I have a old fence charger don't know if it is ac or dc current . But it will make u get off it. Think it will work with the new wide electric tapes? thanks again
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I wouldn't use it as permanent fencing. Too easy to get grounded and not work.
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 06:03 PM
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It should. I think you have to have a connector designed for the tape fencing though. Here is one that I found that I will probably get.
Polytape to Fence Charger Connector Parker Mccrory (Equine - Fencing Equipment - Electric Fencing -

And don't forget that you also have to get the posts you want; whether they be wood or t-posts and the appropriate insulators to go with them.
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again Smrobs .I am just starting to scratch the surface .Weighing everything out and looking at the big picture.
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 06:37 PM
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My family used 6 wire high tension electric wire. We did have a horse crash into it once because she didn't see it, but she bounced off.

The only problems we had with it: one time while dividing the pasture, my dad had only two stands up, the horse didn't see it, and she did run through it and break it. It did cut her chest, but thank goodness she was alright. Another time the fence tension had dropped so the wire started to sag, so the horse decided to jump it. So make sure the tension stays up and it's at least 5 feet high!

It wasn't very attractive, and over time we replaced it with three board fence. We had vinyl three board in some spots, and it looked nice and was easy to put up.

I would strongly recommend just paying someone to come put up a fence for you. I don't consider wire a long term option. Fencing is expensive, but a good fence is worth it.

Never ever ever use barbed wire. A former family friend who was a terrible horse owner (for many many reasons) put her mare in a field with barbed wire and she got caught up in it, and had to be put down. It was very sad. But something similar could happen with electric wire, which is why I say it's not a good long term option.

A good option could be the wooden posts with a top rail, but then wire stands underneath it. I don't have personal experience with it, but if I was planning out my farm and wanted to save, I think I could use that.

A good book that might help you plan is "Horsekeeping on Small Acreage" by Cherry Hill. It goes into things you may not have thought about before, like what will you do with all the manure, field placement, drainage, etc. I high recommend it!
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 07:02 PM
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Oh man I need that book we never know what to do with the poop!
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