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post #1 of 8 Old 05-19-2015, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Please help with a new fence

I hope I am posting this in the correct forum. I am bringing my horse home and I need to set up a fence in less than two weeks. This is obviously a very short amount of time and is not going to be easy to accomplish. I am trying to figure out the quickest cheapest way to set up a temorary fence until I can put up something more permanent. I was wondering if anyone has ever used these: Geotek Step-In Fiberglass Electric Fence Post - Mills Fleet Farm and how they work. They don't need to last forever, just until I can get something better up. Where they are now they have a wood fence and some posts that are about 2 feet high with 1 strand of wire on top, so they are not hard on fences. The only problem here is that they will be living right next to an alfalfa field. Has anyone ever used barbless wire that isn't electrified? If anyone has any ideas or knows anything about either of those ideas please let me know.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-19-2015, 10:59 PM
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They work OK but once they get a bit old that fiberglass will kill your hands.
They make a plastic step in post which is more visible. I use those to block off areas with electric tape because it looks more solid to a horse than wire & if they do happen to go through it they won't get cut.

Whatever you use I suggest making it hot because the best fence is one they won't touch.
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I would use T post with caps, and get a solar or battery charger and electrify that fence. at least make a top strand hot and use field fence or no climb fence.
Those horses will be in that alfalfa field..
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I'd either go with Stevenson's idea or get horse-safe corral panels which would be more sturdy. It sounds like your property is not fenced in at all other than that small 2 foot 'fence' you described. If not this could lead to lots of trouble if the horse found it could get out and escape to who knows where.

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Great thing about the panels is they can be moved and used for round pen.
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I need to set up a fence in less than two weeks. I am trying to figure out the quickest cheapest way to set up a temporary fence until I can put up something more permanent.
I'm going with Stevenson on this one. T-posts with caps are the quickest and cheapest way to put up a fence that will hold a horse. Before you spend a fortune on new T-posts, check local auctions and Craigslist. You can buy all the T-posts you need for $2 each if you get them used.

For caps, get the big round ones. I've found the Red Snapper brand to be more durable than others. Amazon.com : Red Snap'r ITCPW-RS T-Post Safety Cap and Insulator, White : Livestock Equipment : Patio, Lawn & Garden
The caps will carry one strand of rope. You'll need at least one more. I like this style of insulator for the lower strands: Amazon.com : ElectroBraid ITB-EB Standard Snug-Fitting T-Post Insulator, Black : Livestock Equipment : Patio, Lawn & Garden

If you have access to 110V somewhere along your fence line, I highly recommend the Kube 4000, a wide-impedance unit that will convince your horses to respect the fence. At $148, it is a performance bargain and durable as a hammer. I love mine. Kube 4000 (110v AC Plug-In) Energizer - Premier1Supplies

If you don't have access to 110 you can buy a battery energizer and an extra battery, but it would probably make more sense to go ahead and spend the money for a solar unit. Premier has those as well.

For the rope itself I recommend Electrobraid Amazon.com : ElectroBraid PBRC1000C2-EB Horse Fence Conductor Reel, 1000-Feet, Checkered : Patio, Lawn & Garden although Premier is finally coming around to something similar with their Intellibraid. If you are absolutely certain you won't need the electric rope more than three years you can buy Premier's IntelliRope for one third the price, but it rots in the sun and will fall apart eventually.

You'll also need a T-post pounder and eventually a T-post remover. Once you have everything you can build a fence in one day. Use something bigger than a T-post for the corners. Good luck!
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You can try a palet fence! There's some articles online
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-22-2015, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your help. I have decided to go with T-posts and hot wire. I found most of the posts on a local auction so it ended up being fairly inexpensive.
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