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post #11 of 19 Old 12-29-2014, 09:58 PM
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BArbed ed wire is super common in Australia. Its not ideal but many people use it with little issue. The bottom line is fencing is expensive. If you can afford full wood fences that would probably be great but for many its not an option.

If your star pickets are all good you might just need to runaybe three lines around the property. I think the safest and easiest option is usually to set up electric fencing. It keeps your fences in better condition and keeps the horses away from them. You could run an offset line or insulate fencing wires and use them. Ultimately the method you choose will depend on your property.

My old landlord once told me that there were rules regarding boundary fences and they had to be "sheep proof" with a grid wire. Maybe check regulations in your area to see if any rules like these apply.
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-30-2014, 08:57 AM
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I have had horses in all types of fencing, even with wood fencing (very expensive) I found horses would reach through the fence to get to the grass on the other side and I always worried that if they spooked, they could hurt themselves jumping away so I ended up putting electric wire around anyway. I think if there is not enough grass inside the pasture horses will try to reach through any fence so I am a great believer in electric wire around fences. Also keeps your fences in better condition if the horses are not leaning on, scratching on or hanging through them.
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post #13 of 19 Old 12-30-2014, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks everyone. We have decided to start from scratch, because I did have a look at it down the back past all the overgrown dead grass, the fencing is pretty horrible. I was thinking if we should put that gummy sort of wire around, I am not sure what it's called, but it's white and thin and is flexible (that could be the poly stuff, I'm not too sure) but it's very safe. I am just going to use wood at the top and the middles to make sort of like T shapes, if you get me. I'll try to post a pic or just give you the link to a pic I find on the web
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post #14 of 19 Old 12-30-2014, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Here's the link to the fence:

Would that fence be ok? Not for temporary but for more permanently? It isn't electric. sooo is that ok?
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post #15 of 19 Old 12-30-2014, 08:05 PM
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You can use barbed wire as long as your horse has sense enough not to run through it like a moron. Most of our pasture is barbed wire. Anyway, you'll certainly want more than one strand or they will just roll under it.
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post #16 of 19 Old 12-30-2014, 08:06 PM
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Oh, and the fence in the pic you just posted looks like good fence to me. As long as your horse isn't Houdini like mine. LOL
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-31-2014, 11:22 AM
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Sounds like a good plan. You do not want to put the electric strands anywhere but:
on the top
on the inside of the top rails

If you put it in the middle, you horse will react and pull back.
Here are some no's to avoid:
Do NOT used metal fence posts and put electric wire several inches down from the top. Some horse will catch themselves on the top of the post.
Put any wooden boards on the INSIDE of the fencing. That way, if it is kicked it will break, but not dislodge. If you put them on the outside and I horse kicks it, it will be kicked off and you may be chasing a horse that has decided to jump it.

I drive by many different horse farms, including a 20 acre TB broodmare farm. They have used this treated wood that has inside boards and outside boards and every year they replace a good 15-20 foot of fence boards that the horses have kicked. See what you neighbors are using and ask a LOT of questions.

If you can get it, there is now available wood that is encased in plastic and requires almost NO maintenance. That's why I like MY fencing--practically no maintenance, but I didn't expect the 35 ft tree to drop a limb on one section!! (I had to chop that tree down and burn my annual
"Salsa Party.")
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post #18 of 19 Old 12-31-2014, 12:28 PM
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The place I keep my horses at has the wood encased in plastic fencing that Corporal is talking about. Great fencing! I think it's pretty pricey, I'm not sure, but they installed it 6 years ago and they haven't had to do any maintenance on it. They also ran a hot wire around the very top. Well worth it in my book! It also makes your place look great.
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-31-2014, 03:03 PM
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The fence you posted will work. Just make sure it's tight enough. Also be careful about corners, this can be where trouble will happen with the fasteners possible popping loose due to the tension.

Along with the wood incased in plastic type of fencing Corporal mentioned, you can get recycled rubber fencing that will last for 50 years, sometimes longer in certain areas. I believe it's even more expensive than the incased type, but it can be worth the investment.
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