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post #51 of 55 Old 11-22-2017, 02:39 PM
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Acadianartist, you are a worrier! If I ever had to leave my horses with someone I would like to find a person just like you.

Growing up on a dairy farm, we had barbed wire, and over period of two decades we had a couple of horses get tangled in it. Awful stuff, and I cringe when I see horses in a barbed wire fence.

My brother-in-law runs over a hundred head of Angus cattle, and he uses five strands of high tensile smooth wire, electrified. When my niece got her first mustang, after it had calmed down she let it out into a slightly larger enclosure in front of the barn. While nobody was around, the horse took a run at the fence. I would have guessed that a horse running into wire like that would get sliced up like a hard boiled egg, but that mustang didn't have a mark on it. Instead it was upside down and dead as a doornail. It apparently bounced back with such force that it flipped over backwards and smacked its head on the frozen ground. BLM guys said, "well, not much you could have done about that." Her second mustang is her forever trail horse.

When I first got my horse I bought wooden posts. I had one in the ground as part of a divider fence. One night when I didn't have any fencing up my big guy ran right into the post and snapped it off at the ground.

When he was a yearling I was boarding two other yearlings and one snowy morning all three of them came barrelling around the corner and one by one their legs went out from under them and they all slid more than 50 feet. No harm done.

I bought some cattle net from Premier and was using it to move my Scottish Highland heifers around to clean up the grass in different areas. Worked fine for about a week. One day they were eating happily one minute, and the next time we looked there were no cows and no fence! I found them out in the corn field and one of the heifers was still wearing the fence. That netting doesn't work with cows with long horns.

I live on a state highway, and in the early days my horses got out more than once. One day a neighbor across the road noticed my big guy out and grabbed an extension cord and walked over and used it to lead him to the round pen, where I found him when I got home.

I am a big fan of steel t-posts. Used ones are cheap, they're easy to drive, they're easy to move, and they're very strong. I cap them with Red Snap'r t-post caps, which eliminates the chance of a horse coming down and impaling himself on one. I buy the t-posts used at auction or from Craigslist for around $2 each, and put them in 25' apart. An alternative would be the thick fiberglass Pasture Pro posts from PasturePro 1 1/2" x 72" ProLine PLUS Fence Post - ruralmfg.com, but at almost $10 each that would get expensive.

I think Electrobraid is an excellent system. I use Premier's Intellibraid, which has equal strength but all the copper conductor wires are tinned for corrosion resistance. That somewhat simplifies connections to the energizer, ground rods, and any place you need a jumper wire.
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post #52 of 55 Old 11-22-2017, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great stories @Joe l! Yes, I think we've established I am a worrier when it comes to the horses. I'm learning to be a little more chill... as long as nothing bad happens! The other day, Harley got out again. If I don't push the bolt all the way in and pull it down, he can open his stall door. My own fault, but it was pushed in all the way recently, and he got out and my son spotted him eating the lawn in the back yard. Happy to say that I didn't panic, but instead, walked calmly to the barn, got his feed pan out of his stall, stood at the entrance of the barn and rattled it. Harley came running in immediately and I was able to get him back in his stall without a fuss.

I do have some T-posts along a deep ditch where the horses cross over to the back pasture. I couldn't buy any caps for them anywhere locally, so used tennis balls with slits. There are only four - two on each side of the ditch. I had to use them because the ditch is used for water drainage and can get quite full of water, therefore, sinking wooden posts wasn't an option. The rest of the pastures are done with wood posts though. I agree that T-posts are easy to sink in, and now that you've provided me with a brand, maybe I'll order some caps online! But since this was just a temporary setup, step-ins should have been fine. I don't know what happened... but I now have a better idea of what CAN happen and will keep this in mind when I use temporary fence lines in the future!
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post #53 of 55 Old 11-29-2017, 02:51 PM
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I had a gelding that was a super smart cookie. He knew when my braid or even hotwire fence was hot or not. He would walk slow, pull the fence with him by his chest and then go around trees until the wire or braid snapped. I thought it was a mule doing it until I caught him at it. stinker. I bought a really good electric fencer (instead of the solar one I was using) and you could see my grin a mile away when he tried it after that baby was running. LOL I have sold him since and he is absolutely wire broke, if he steps in on around and gets a foot caught he just stops dead until he is released.
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I had a gelding that was a super smart cookie. He knew when my braid or even hotwire fence was hot or not. He would walk slow, pull the fence with him by his chest and then go around trees until the wire or braid snapped. I thought it was a mule doing it until I caught him at it. stinker. I bought a really good electric fencer (instead of the solar one I was using) and you could see my grin a mile away when he tried it after that baby was running. LOL I have sold him since and he is absolutely wire broke, if he steps in on around and gets a foot caught he just stops dead until he is released.
hahaha... that's hilarious. Some of them are really smart cookies indeed!
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post #55 of 55 Old 11-29-2017, 09:11 PM
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Dragon tests the wire with his nose hairs. Saw him. Hondo knows and just stays clear. Once saw Hondo go under a hot rope the first time he saw one. It hit him in the middle of the back. He dropped his back and froze momentarily, then while hunkered way down carefully backed out. He added rope to things to stay away from.

There was a young horse named Wisdom that is now about 5. When younger, even though he'd been shocked more than once, I'd watch as he almost touched his nose, back off, then almost again, until finally he could not stand it any longer, he apparently just had to know. Arrrrggggg! It got me again. Too funny. I like Wisdom. He's older and wiser now.
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