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post #1 of 23 Old 03-26-2019, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question on Electric Corral

Okay. I have come to the conclusion that not everywhere that's advertised as horse campgrounds are super horse friendly in that a lot only offer a hi-line or a hitching post/tie rack. Those are okay-ish, but since we go for three and four days, it seems kinda crappy to me that my horses have to stand tied the entire time unless we're riding them. We HAVE been known to let them off the hi-lines, one at a time only, and let them have a good roll and meander around camp nibbling and mowing the lawn, but that's only when it's just us. And, more than one horse off the line at a time = horses haring off on their own since they're in a 'group'.

I'd like to invest in an electric corral, the type with step-in posts (the white plastic/fiberglass, 48" types, the 2" electric ribbon, and an energizer.

Here's where I get confused.

It's the energizer. Hubs says just take the solar one off the fence out back (The one he HAR HAR popped me with last weekend) and use it to save the big expense, but will that even work? Do I need one that big? It's almost the size of a jump box (Battery charger).

How many step-in posts do I need/should have? Spaced how far apart when I set up?

Advice wanted.

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post #2 of 23 Old 03-26-2019, 05:19 PM
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AtokaGhosthorse,

Let's see if I can answer a couple of questions.

It's the energizer. Hubs says just take the solar one off the fence out back (The one he HAR HAR popped me with last weekend) and use it to save the big expense, but will that even work? Do I need one that big? It's almost the size of a jump box (Battery charger).

Okay, the solar charger will probably work, as long as it can get the sun to keep the battery charged. I don't know what the range is on your model, but if it's working for you now, it should work for a temporary corral.

How many step-in posts do I need/should have? Spaced how far apart when I set up?

How big are you going to make the corral? Most folks, me included space our fence posts between 8 - 10 feet apart. What does the manufacturer recommend? You say that you're gonna use 48" step-in posts. Will that be high enough to contain your horses? If yes, then everything should work.
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AtokaGhosthorse,

Let's see if I can answer a couple of questions.

It's the energizer. Hubs says just take the solar one off the fence out back (The one he HAR HAR popped me with last weekend) and use it to save the big expense, but will that even work? Do I need one that big? It's almost the size of a jump box (Battery charger).

Okay, the solar charger will probably work, as long as it can get the sun to keep the battery charged. I don't know what the range is on your model, but if it's working for you now, it should work for a temporary corral.

How many step-in posts do I need/should have? Spaced how far apart when I set up?

How big are you going to make the corral? Most folks, me included space our fence posts between 8 - 10 feet apart. What does the manufacturer recommend? You say that you're gonna use 48" step-in posts. Will that be high enough to contain your horses? If yes, then everything should work.

48" are the tallest I can get here, so they'll have to. Not sure I have manufacturer recommendation - the posts are loose at TSC, the charger has been on our place for a couple of years, so unless it's on the ribbon, idk. Charger is working fine right now, fairly new, battery is strong.



Not sure how big to make the pen - there's a 20ft round pen 'kit' on ebay that looks about the size I'd envisioned, but I'm open to larger or smaller. I'd probably have no more than two horses in it, and I could alternate them out if two horses were more likely to act dumb and tear it up.

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On the energizer I have one from Zareba... it's very portable and quick to set up, the solar one I have that runs my permanent fence would be a pain to keep taking on and off when I want to camp. I camp often so the portable one stays in my trailer, just take out the batteries.

Just be sure that in the places that have the high ties or the standing stalls will let you put in a portable round pen, I got busted once in a state park that only had standing stalls, first I had ever heard or seen them. They were just that standing stalls! Well I promptly set up my little portable stall and a ranger promptly came by and made me take it down. Horses are okay on hi-lines especially if you're riding them and you give enough rope for them to lay down.

I have the posts you mentioned from Tractor Supply, I have about 10 - 15 and usually do a 20' square pen if I only have one horse. If I have more then I cut it down and do two separate ones.

I use ribbon but thinking of doing a different thinner ribbon...

Good Luck!
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A 20' round pen is kinda small for 2 horses, so, like lb27312 said, maybe construct two 20 footers, round or square. you can always connect the two together via one charger. I say that being unfamiliar with how tape connects to the charger, but I'm sure you or hubby can figure that out. lb27312 doesn't mention how far apart they place the posts, but like I said 8-10 feet should be good.


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Both @4horses and I do a lot of camping with electric. I bought mine from some catalog supply like Jeffers, can't remember which one. It takes 2 D batteries and the batteries last a couple of years. I take them out when not using them. My system is about 6 years old and still going strong. I bought white tape for the fencing. I bought my ground pole and posts from Tractor Supply. I probably have 20 posts and normally don't use them all. Depending on which horses go and how they get along, I make 2 connected pens or one larger pen. I have two handles in case I have a double pen.

Trial and error helps you figure out how large to make your pen . . . also some camping areas have rules about how big your pens can be. If your horses are fussing with each other, your pen is too small. If you run out of posts, your pen is too large.

How far apart they have to be depends on the horses you are fencing in. If they are calm quiet horses who have been camping a lot, you can put your posts further apart. The same with double strand versus one strand. For a young horse who has only been camping a couple of times or who is going to be left while its buddy rides out, I make two strands. I normally keep the electric turned off during the day since the horses are usually out being ridden and when they get back they are eating or a bit tired. I always keep it on at night, and of course if one is left while others are riding out, I keep it on.

@4horses has a slightly different charger than I do and could tell you about her set-up.
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I'm in the process of getting it together for a electric corral. I got the 2" tape and the stakes from TS. I was going to get the energizer there as well but the solar ones aren't as strong and they're pricey for what you get, the plug ins are out of the question. The battery powered ones at TS take a deep cycle 12v and who wants to lug that around.

I'm going to order mine online and get something similar to what @knightrider has if not the same thing. It runs on two D batteries.


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We use electric pens at competitions:


Above, you can see our charger (from tractor supply), which we attach to a marine battery just to know the battery isn't going to die in the middle of the night.


Depending on the configuration of our parking area, we try to set up both pens so each pen has a gate to out:



But some places that isn't possible, so one pen opens into the other:



We generally give each horse a separate pen, as that prevents any bickering and also allows us to know who is eating and drinking what.


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I use the step-in posts that you can get for a couple of bucks from the farm store when they have a sale, electric tape, and a portable charger that runs off a marine battery. I used to have one that worked off a 10-volt battery, but that one disappeared somewhere along the line. Batteries are nice because you don't need to worry if the sun doesn't shine or if you're set up in a shady spot, and if you arrive to find them dead, it's easy to run grab a battery from somewhere or keep a spare in the truck.

That being said, I use the portable corral more for setting up a pen in the back corner of the show grounds for a multi-day show or trail ride or fencing off a grassy spot in yard so the horses can graze it a few days. More and more campgrounds are not allowing electric corrals. So, before setting up a pen, verify you're allowed to. Only one of the campgrounds we use allows anything other than using the tie rails or stalls provided, or tying to your trailer. Some allow portable corrals but not electric as electric is seen as a risk to other unknowing campers. If a child walks up to your corral and gets shocked, be prepared for livid parents even if it's allowed. So do your homework. Horses do just fine on high-lines if properly trained to them. That's all we'd use for 2 or 3 weeks at a time in the backcountry and everyone did fine.
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[QUOTE=phantomhorse13;1970698525]We use electric pens at competitions:


Above, you can see our charger (from tractor supply), which we attach to a marine battery just to know the battery isn't going to die in the middle of the night.


That's the charger I have.... I've used a 12v battery but usually use 4 D cell batteries, they seem to last forever. As someone else has said I remove the batteries when not in use.
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