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post #1 of 30 Old 05-30-2016, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Just Bought A Pasture But Is This Fence Safe?!

Hey guys! I'm new to the equine world. I bought a new house and two mules (14.3 hands) and plan on getting two horses (of 16 hands) within a year. The previous owner had two show horses they kept on the property in a 4 strand electric fence. It's been a while since they had cared for it and it needs a lot of tightening. Heck, I don't even know if it works (the mules are at a trainers right now).

But wire makes me extremely nervous--both for small children and the event I have one of those animals that decides they're going through that fence anyways (and ends up lacerated). So I want to replace the entire fence with no-climb horse fencing and run a hot wire along the top. The problem is, there are 13 posts in that field that are only 4 1/2 feet tall. And a good number that are a few inches (about 3) less than 5 feet.

I had planned on putting the horse fencing 6" from the ground and running a hot wire 6" above the top of the no-climb fence. Now I'm not sure what to do beacuse of these random 4 1/2 foot posts. How can I make this work?--Or do I have to replace those posts with 5' posts? My current plan was to run a 2x4 along the top at 4 1/2' and place the hot wire on the inside of that--so if the horse leans on the 2x4 they are leaning on the hotwire (since on the 4 1/2 posts, I can't get that hotwire 6" above the horse fencing).

I'm also on a budget--I want to be as safe for the animals and as budget friendly as possible--especially because we want to add another acre to the pasture soon (and will do that one the right way)! Please, share your experience and wisdom! Thank you!
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If all you are running is a hotwire (I recommend braid not wire or tape) about 4.5 feet just tap in a long t-post next to the original post and hang it off that. You don't need a wooden board, just the wire will keep them from leaning over the fence.

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Unless you have a stud or a problem horse you really don't need a 6' fence!

I'm 5'3" and don't think I've ever come across a fence above eye level!

Slightly O/T but I would prefer electric tape (like 2/3" across)or the thicker braids. OR go wood with the wire offset. (And you don't need to buy wire wire, they make very thin braids that are safer)

Don't know much about mules but I wouldn't think you'd need different fencing if it is good fencing!
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If you're going to use no climb horse fencing, don't leave a 6 inch gap at the bottom. That's an open invitation for them to get their feet/legs hung up in it. It should reach all the way to the ground. Also, the fencing should be run on the inside of the fence line, not the outside of the posts to keep them from pushing on/through it.
One strand of hot wire running along the inside of the fence above the wire fence will do the trick, putting boards on top is an added expense and labor intensive.
Just replace the iffy posts, make sure the corners are cross braced and cemented in and you will be good to go.
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We use a single strand of Hotwire about waist high and never had problems. That's a lot of fence!!
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4.5 feet is ample high enough for most horses especially if It is hot wire.

All my fields were divided by hot wire rope, two strands only, top one about 4' and the next 3' so the sheep could go under it. Worked perfectly fine.mwe ran a mains fencer unit.
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Nothing wrong with electric if it is HOT and well maintained. You can put flagging tape on what is there after tightened to make it more visible and put up signs on fencing that is near where non family/friends might pass so they are aware if that is an issue. My preference is tape as well. Have run only that in some pastures for over 30 years now. Once the horse figures out it will bite and bite hard then the typical horse will not mess with or go near the fencing. I have spots I use wire and know those that use the braid. Any of those can work well. Barbed wire is a different story but because there are cattle run alongside the horses we have that too. the horse pretty much have figured out they need to stay off of it as well. I think size of the pasture and personality of the horse/mix of animals determines the best product to use. ETA ours are 5 foot and we have drafts. Fences are kept hot in all but one area but those are off property and the neighbor keeps unplugging the fence. Those two were raised in tape, aren't curious enough to go test the fence and haven't figured out they can hear it or have not put two and two together with the sound so the visual is all they need to keep them in. I couldn't do that with their mother. We run 4 strands. One would do but two of the horses have fence along a county road and the 4 discourages people from crossing the pasture or going in to "play" with the horses as well as keeping other animals (loose horses, emu, neighboring dogs) out. Again the trick is to make sure it is HOT. That means purchasing the right charger for your situation.
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Again the trick is to make sure it is HOT. That means purchasing the right charger for your situation.
Thank you! Do you have a recommendation on the charger?--one that is child safe as well in the event the child doesn't listen not to touch.
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Just replace the iffy posts, make sure the corners are cross braced and cemented in and you will be good to go.
I will have to make sure we do this--I've missed this in my reading. Does this add significant stability to the whole structure? Do you have a good source that explains how exactly to do this?
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If all you are running is a hotwire (I recommend braid not wire or tape) about 4.5 feet just tap in a long t-post next to the original post and hang it off that. You don't need a wooden board, just the wire will keep them from leaning over the fence.
Thank you! This is a fantastic idea!! I don't know much about t-posts--but they don't have any issues attaching electric to them? Do you have a braid you can recommend? And perhaps point me in the right direction for T-posts?
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