Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
yes, we all that have horses, have had them get out, and that is just going with the flow.
However, those that don't learn, keep repeating the same mistakes, having their horses and other animals get out time and time again, are ir responsible
For one thing, while I use portable electric fencing, to control grazing area, I never rely on it as the sole perimeter fence
Far as portable panels, thumbs down! I use a few as gates, but would never use them for a roundpen, or as fencing. I have seen some real wreaks, of horses getting feet caught in them, and pulling the whole mess down, sometimes, getting a rider entangled also.
There is a reason why good stout wooden posts, sunk into the ground, plus a hot wire, creates a fence horses respect.
For an electric wire to work, it must first be constant, not intermittent, far as pulse, and it has to have a good fencer with proper ground, plus insulators
I have seen all kinds of 'Micky Mouse\ versions, where the horse sure learn when that wire is hot, and when it is not.
T posts, are another thumbs down for me.
Not many horses will run through a fence, where that top wire is always hot, with enough voltage to give a good reminder
Horses learn to test fences, if that wire is sometimes hot, and sometimes not
Those light weight tubing panels should be banned, as they are useless, except as a visual barrier some horses will respect. Yup, if you use electric fencing, it must work 100% of the time, so horses don';t test it, and see if they are 'lucky'
Once a horse is 'conditioned, they will no longer test an electric fence, and I have used electric tape to divide off grazing areas, sometimes not plugged in, but my horses don't test it