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Opinion on this electric fencing set up?

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  • Jaymmacy
    started a topic Opinion on this electric fencing set up?

    Opinion on this electric fencing set up?

    Hello! I don’t know if this is the right place to put this. But I’m adopting an OTTB from a rescue this month. He’s a big horse, 16.2 and bulky. I’ve found a barn that I like in my price range and I’ve heard good things about. But I’m concerned slightly about the setup.

    it’s a big barn and each stall has a big grass run. The horses have 24/7 access to their stall and their individual grass pasture. I’d prefer for him to be in with other horses, but this is the best option for him to still have tons of pasture time. The way they have these runs divided though is through electric fencing. It’s a single strand in between each run. The property has a normal perimeter fence, but I’m concerned about him causing problems here.

    I don’t want to put him here and have him not respect the fence, breaking through and wreaking havoc. Do you think a single strand electric fence is enough in between these runs? He won’t ever get off property because of the perimeter fence but I still don’t want him breaking the electric fence and causing problems. What’s everyone’s opinion?

  • wildlifer
    It really does depend on the horses on BOTH sides of each strand (& of course the size of the runs). I have a horse who would be absolutely fine in that setup, he respects white tape & assumes it is always on, I could contain him with a roll of string.

    However, I also have a horse who checks the same tape every time he's close to it, hovering his whiskers a mm away from it to see if the power is on. He won't break out if it's not but he WILL lean on it to get grass on the other side or to play super fun face tag & rearing mustang with his buddy. Or chew on the tape because 5 yo OTTB, sigh.

    Since at a boarding facility, I assume you have horse turnover, so that adds a lot of uncertainty & it sounds like you don't know your new horse yet. I think poltroons suggesting of adding a 2nd row of tape to create a buffer between adjacent runs is a really good one & a reasonable compromise fix for a boarding barn where you don't have that much control. When my horses were boarded, I added my own tape several times to paddocks, along with capping t-posts & as long as I did the work, never had an objection from BOs (of course I asked first).

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  • poltroon
    Size of the runs is also a factor. If it's small then the single strand or really any single-depth electric is really inadequate; if each run is 200' square then it's less problematic.

    Even two strands is better because then you can have more height, and height discourages over-fence interactions.

    A way to make this work better is to add an inner electric fence so the horses can't reach each other over the fence.

    The type of fence also is important IMHO. Tape has a good shock profile and yet is pretty safe if horses go through it; other conductors may be more likely to injure a horse that doesn't respect the shock.

    When I put a new horse in any electric fence, I make sure to see him touch and react to the fence before I leave him unsupervised.

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  • Scribbler
    I expect the wires on the pasture are movable to rotate grazing areas. That's good pasture management but it isn't the most secure fencing option!

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  • candyappy
    No way would I have anything but permanent fencing as a perimeter fence or for permanent housing.

    One stand of electric to divide pens or pastures is asking for trouble.

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  • Guilherme
    Not an optimum circumstance. If the horse is trained to electric fence then they leave it alone. Even just one strand. But any horse, at any time, can have a "Monday." One strand won't help out much in that circumstance.


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  • clanter
    personally there is no way I see this working well

    We had one TB, she was, well not the brightest horse in the world, but her only thoughts appeared to be run fast forward. She hit a gate bending it double, hit a stock panel making it into a U

    My concern even if you "taught: it the fence that it might just forget that the fence is even there as it blasts off headed to see "that" horse over there or to get away from the noise back there

    We do keep a single strand of 4 inch wide electric tape along one fence line to keep everyone off that fence line , she never bothered that, but there is five foot fence just five feet behind the tape.

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  • 4horses
    I often use a single wire electric fence. If it is always turned on and always hot, the horses leave it alone. But my fence is hot and will floor you if you accidentally bump it. I believe it's a 15 mile electric box. I don't have nearly that much fencing!

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  • hosspuller
    History of the horse is paramount. Is he trained to respect an electric fence? Electric fence wire is a barrier only in mind.

    Any animal new to us gets a lesson on the fence wire... A treat held close to the wire so the nose gets a full contact jolt. It's a dirty trick but it will save his life.

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  • Mallard
    Agree.... one strand between paddocks is not enough for strange horses.
    I'd go with a minimum of 3.

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  • dqtastic
    Just one wire wouldn't be enough for me without knowing the horse (i have one that you could put behind dental floss for months - another who tests the electric daily...). I'd suggest you speak with the owners of the farm and ask if you can add 2 lines of electric tape to the existing set up.

    Hopefully they will work with you on that, as lots of turnout will be super for your new guy. Good luck.

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  • Jaymmacy
    There is just one strand of wire

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  • Lolliver
    Do you mean there is one single wire between each horse run??? That would be a big NO.

    If you mean there are several strands of wire between each horse run, that may be okay, depending on the setup.

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