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Alright ole pros! Need advice, tips, tricks and ideas on my fencing. I have electric fencing and have used the battery powered fencer because I can't run electricity to where the fence is needed. It sucks, in plain english. I have been buying car batteries and trying to recharge it every 2wks but if I'm not around or forget and it dies before I can charge it then the battery is no good so I throw it away and buy another. Well as you can imagine, that's gotten expensive. I bought a Solar Fencer from Harbor Freight here in town and I'm hoping it's going to work better. Well I have regular wire fencing but I was wondering how the tape and rope was? I haven't heard good but they weren't horse people. I live in northern ny and it get's sometimes like 30 below, I can imagine it wouldn't work then but under normal conditions would it work? Does it fray? I like the looks of the tape better than just wire and like the ease of rope so I like the tape and rope but not if it won't last.
 

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I don't like the tape cause it can spread a horse if they do test the fence. IMO. I have seen more bad out of tape than wire or the braided rope. I like the rope very well.
 

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I've got hot wire on 2 of my lots, just did another stud lot and went with the braid this time. So far I really like it. Dynasty wasn't expecting it to shock I don't think the first time he hit it since it looked different. He went trotting across his pasture acting like the big man talking to the mares, flared his lip and got the rope with his gum....he hasn't gotten near the fence since :lol:
 

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I'm using the One Stop Gardens Solar Charger suppose to do 5 miles but I'm looking to do a 2 strand fence for enough room for just 2 minis. Right now it will be to stop them from accessing a pond through the winter, maybe less than 500 feet. However, I want to use it later down the road, maybe summer time to fence in about 2 strands in about an acre of fencing. I want a standard size horse but right now I'm kinda in a rock and a hard place living wise so it sucks. I'm content with the two minis for now though, kinda. Anyway! Rope Fencing and Wire seem to be the favorites?
 

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I used to be an old fashioned 'strong fence' type using no climb type field fencing, but in the last 5 years I've really taken to the polyrope. It's very inexpensive, easy to see, fast to put up, and handles tree limbs, etc on it very well. I haven't seen any fraying or deterioration of the rope, and the mares respect it (a single strand) just as well as high tensile wire.
 

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I have the field fencing as my main fence but when I had a regular sized horse, he decided even though the grass in his pasture was perfect, the grass on the other side is even better so it began to sag, then he got his hoof caught in the fence cuz he would try and pull it down so he could reach better. Anyway, I ran a strand of electric along the top and he quickly stopped. But now I have the two minis and we don't use the field fencing so much anymore because we decided to section off the big pasture into 3 small pastures and then rotate it. But now I'm moving and we have to set them temporarily in a tiny pasture, about the size of two round pens put together, maybe a bit bigger. But with it being winter and us getting over a foot of snow every year, it doesn't matter about the size, so long as they can move around and run. Both my minis are blind in one eye, even the same eye, so I liked the tape due to it's visibility but the rope is visible too, have even seen yellow rope so maybe rope is the way to go. Seems easier to handle than wire.
 

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The ribbon is susceptible to fraying in the wind, altho it is quite strong. Wire is best used for perimeter fencing and the ribbon for dividing it. The heavier the wire, the better the charge. Since you get snow you do need to run a second strand, the ground wire. A single strand is useless if the horses aren't standing on dirt.
 

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Well I was going to do two strands. Then electrify both strands, I have two strands up now and one of my minis will step through the middle of the two strands, then flip the top strand up with her nose and walk through the fencing. So I figured I'd use 2 or 3 ground rods like I have now, then run the two strands of electrified poly rope. My other mare is 22yrs old and if she sees something in her way, she doesn't bother, even if it's a clump of grass, she just walks around :D She's lazy and easy-going so one strand of just normal rope would keep her back but the other one is 9yrs old and very much a trickster and she hates humans so it's even better! Na, she just came from a home that people ignored her and chased her cuz it's fun:shock: So I should have one electrified and the other strand not? I usually just ran the 2 strands and electrified them both.
 

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We use the poly rope and electrify both strands. Even with snow they will still get a zap unless the snow is in contact with the fence wire.

You say you replace the batteries if they go dead? You can still recharge them after they go dead. If they get frozen then they are bad. Instead of keep buying batteries, get a solar charger for the fence. Definitely would be cheaper than a battery.
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They go dead beyond what a battery charger can bring back. If a battery gets too dead then you can't recharge it. Even if I tried that it would only work for a day or two and then go dead again so it was a lot of work. Instead I'd buy a new battery every two weeks. But now I will be trying to use a solar fencer and see how that works. Hope it's not cheap and breaks, there isn't many good reviews on them so it's a gamble.
 

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They go dead beyond what a battery charger can bring back. If a battery gets too dead then you can't recharge it. Even if I tried that it would only work for a day or two and then go dead again so it was a lot of work. Instead I'd buy a new battery every two weeks. But now I will be trying to use a solar fencer and see how that works. Hope it's not cheap and breaks, there isn't many good reviews on them so it's a gamble.
Dont buy a car battery. They are made to put out high amps in a brief spurt and then be fully recharged,

You want a deep cycle. They are made to be disharged slowely then recharged over and over and over. Look at places that sell batteries for bass boat trolling motors a decent gel deep cycle should last for years.
You also need a deep cycle charger some will some wont as you are finding out recharge a completely dead battery.
 
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