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post #21 of 55 Old 10-28-2017, 11:12 AM
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Horses see so much better than we do especially at night and have no problem seeing the tape. Even as thin as it is if a light color they should see the braid as well. Running while at play or because they were spooked they may run into it if they get out of control with their antics or in a spook situation they are running blind.
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Horses see so much better than we do especially at night and have no problem seeing the tape. Even as thin as it is if a light color they should see the braid as well. Running while at play or because they were spooked they may run into it if they get out of control with their antics or in a spook situation they are running blind.
It is possible that Kodak spooked - she does that for no apparent reason sometimes. A bird, a noise, anything.

But I'm guessing that what probably happened is that one of the step-ins came down in the wind. There were rivers of water and mud from the heavy rains so it could easily have come loose. If the fence was party down, she'd be more likely to try to get over it.

In any case, they are safe, and the perimeter fencing was there to keep them in, so probably no harm done. Still, I'll be very careful with temporary fencing in the future.
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I do use temporary electric fencing, but only in the non snowy seasons, and only within perimeter fencing.
While I admit to not always electriflying it, that wide single white tape I use, with step in posts , is highly visible and hot enough times, that all of my hroses respect it
Yes, I have had deer take it down at times, but no big deal, and it would be almost impossible for a horse to hurt himself, should he go through it
It helps to manage amount of grass available at any one time, for those of my horses that don't need stronger management during the grass rich months
I don't think electrobraid is visible enough for [temporary fencing, esp when it is moved frequently
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Overall, we got lucky. Had I used metal T-posts, she could have hurt herself much worse.
I have an area fenced off with electrobraid and metal t-posts. I use the plastic clip on t-post attachments placed on the outside of the t-post. If the horses try to run through the electrobraid, the plastic attachments pop off with very little force with no stepins trailing behind with only the rope to be dealt with.

Ask me how I know this:)

At this point, I actually feel the t-posts are a bit safer, providing the rope is on the outside since a flopping step in would/could have the potential of spearing a horse's body under the right circumstances.

Just a thought.
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The step ins I use, are plastic, with safety tops. I use a wide web electric tape, and I guess my comfort level is way higher, using it, then metal T posts with a narrow diameter type braid.
We all use what works for us, and our comfort level. I have had horses go through that tape, just like deer, and never had an injury. Heck, a strong wind will have that tape come out of the anchors, although alternating sides on the step in, helps.
My portable electric fencing is more of a visible conditioned boarder, then any actual holding capacity.
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BTW, my t-posts are around 75 feet apart with sturdy wood posts at corners to stretch to. The plastic attachments are attached to the wood posts with short deck screws. The plastic tabs at the wood posts break off in the advent of a horse running through. Again, as me how I know this.

This is about a 4 acre area fenced off from the 60 acre field.



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Looks like it should work fine. As I said, whatever anyone has found works for them
I only use a single tape, and it pops easily out of the holders.
Just about time to take the one that cuts Charlie and Smilie's winter pasture in half, down.
Snow is here and the grass is dead to the ground, esp after the cold week we have had
Maybe I'll take a picture first
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Well, if it does fail it'll just mean they're in a 60 acre field. I only close them up when we're doing something the next day. During the "Flysheet Fiasco" last summer Dragon popped off a lot of them.

TSC doesn't have any tall step ins. I'd like to find some 4.5'.
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Well, if it does fail it'll just mean they're in a 60 acre field. I only close them up when we're doing something the next day. During the "Flysheet Fiasco" last summer Dragon popped off a lot of them.

TSC doesn't have any tall step ins. I'd like to find some 4.5'.
Same problem with step-ins here. They're so darn short. They did keep my horses in so far though (but like you, I have perimeter fencing so if they fail, the horses aren't loose). I'm guessing a step-in was down. It's not like my horses to test a fence, even if it's not electrified. I'll use them again next year, but will be a little more cautious. I just can't bring myself to use a metal T-post, but I like your idea of the rope coming off if a horse runs into it - that's something I might rig up.
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