Suggestions for fence extenders? And a rant.
I have white PVC fencing around two side of my property. Attached to that is a large square wire mesh (to keep the dogs in.) NOT the best combo for horses. But, it's what I have.
I want to add electric tape to it for multiple reasons. First, the obvious. The horses's safety.
Second, and this is ranting part. I live on a private road that leads to a trail. Lots of people use it to ride through, people walk their dogs, kids ride bikes, women push strollers etc. All fine with me, I like that part of it.
But JUST WHY DO PEOPLE THINK IT'S OK and SAFE to reach over the fence to pet the horses, hang over the fence to reach them and FEED either the horses OR the dogs!!!!? All while my dogs are going beserk barking and jumping at the fence? Or why do some riders think it's OK to let their horses and my horses sniff noses over the fence? It never ends well. That's just dumb and asking for trouble.
I had to (nicely) tell a Grandpa that it was NOT ok to have his 3 yr old Grandson stick his hand through the fence to feed the dogs. I guess my Shep/Lab mix lunging at his grandson's face wasn't enough?
Not too long before that I had a woman with her two (stroller age) boys reaching through the fence trying to feed the horses whatever they could find on the ground. UH, no, they don't eat sticks or rocks. UGH.
You guys get it - but I know the people I ask (nicely) to stop don't understand.
Anyway, for everyone's safety I need to keep the horses (and the dogs) back from the fence a bit.
OK, back to my original reason for posting. Suggestions on electric tape fence extenders? They seem to vary in length. I'd like to go with the smallest extention that makes sense. Is 3 1/2 inches enough? Or should I go with a full 12 inches?
Eh - I guess it's not rocket science figuring it out...but I needed to rant too. :D