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post #1 of 6 Old 06-18-2013, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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new to horses with a fence question

Hello Everyone. I am new to horses. My son in-law and I do Field and Hunt tests with our Vizslas . He also judges at these events and they are done from Horseback. SO .. I have purchased a 8yr. old Fox Trotter and will be getting another gaited horse for myself. Anyway, we are putting up fence for our pastures. We are using High Tensile wire. 54" tall ,4 strands. The posts are telephone poles so they range in width from 9 to 11 inches. My wife and son in-law are at odds of how to run the electrified wire(s). She wants to run 4 strands on the outside of the posts and run a chest high electric wire on the inside of the post. Her thinking is that with the electric wire on the inside appox 1ft from the actual fence that this will keep the horses from the outside wires ,thus lessening the chance of the horse getting hurt in the fence. Son in-law says the horse will stick his head between the electric wire and the fence wire and hurt himself. I tend to agree with her (not cause I have to live with her lol). I know from research that HT wire is not the best thing to use but for now , $$ wise it is the way we are going. I will change it as funds allow to something safer. Also ,The pastures are on pretty level ground and we are in Ohio. I hope this enough info. if not I will answer any other ?s if you need more for in formed input. Thanks in advance for any help. Mark
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-18-2013, 12:27 PM
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That is the kind of fence I am going to put up.
I am going to put a line of this as the top strand, I have seen it done this way.
It looks good and I think it would be very safe.

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I think you are asking if not begging for trouble putting a wire inside of the fence.
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Sounds like a good start. I'd run tape on the inside though as it is highly visible and if at the right height on the right charger will give them enough incentive to stay far away from it. Once they know the tape bites they are less likely to mess with the fence on or off. Every now and then you will have a horse that listens for the current and it will have to be on 24/7 but for the most part it gets to a point that even one line of tape stretched will keep them off or out of most areas in a pinch. Be sure to check what the charger is rated for. For most we run tape and HT combined. Lessens the effect but the horses can hear the current and know the fence is on.They were conditioned for it in the stallion pens so they they associate the initial shock level with the visual. For the stallions we use two chargers one on the tape and one on the HT. I run two strands of tape for them - one hot, one ground. Visual effect is better too. Charger wise Pel is my go to but DH has purchased a couple of zarebas that work really well.
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Thank you for the advice. Being new to horses I will be searching for lots of answers. Thanks again. mark
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Originally Posted by dilley5 View Post
..... I tend to agree with her (not cause I have to live with her lol).
Just in case anyone missed this part.

The horses will not stick their heads between the wires as long as you keep the fence hot. One zap and they'll leave it alone. Using hotwire over hot tape really isn't that important when it's incorporated into a wire fence. When it's a stand alone fence you want the visibility of the tape but they'll know that little wire is there because they'll see the HTW. The hot wire becomes unsafe when it's off and horses are reaching through the fence. I've used wire for 30+ years without a problem. It lasts 10X longer than tape and is cheaper. Off the top of my head, go with the 14 ga wire. I also like the extended 4" insulators just to keep it off the fences.
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Thanks Left Hand Percherons. Turns out my son in-law was confused about what we were saying and he is now on board with the idea. I was planning on leaving the electric wire on all the time just to keep the shenanigans down. We should be running wire this weekend. Thanks again
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