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  • Finish Line fencing?

    I just got back from the WA state horse expo and while I was there I was sucked into a booth extolling the virtues of Finish Line fencing. I've never heard of it before.

    Here's the link:
    http://www.dmafencing.com/index.html

    I am planning on moving to my SO's new property, but it needs to be fenced before I can bring my horses. Since I'll be fresh out of college, I need something easy to install and inexpensive for now (I was thinking electric, but I have that where I board now and dislike it). I have heard the sales pitch on why this is great, and am really interested, but want to make an informed decision. So does anyone have any experience with this kind of fencing? Love it? Hate it? Would you use it?

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    I have EquiLine which is about the same thing. They both have 1,200# strength. The EquiLine runs about $212 fo a 2,000 ft spool and Finish-Line is about $300 for the same amount. Mine is 4 strands installed on round wooden posts with staples, secured at the ends with gripples. We didn't use any special tightener, just tightened it by hand. I had someone put in the posts, then my 78 year old dad and I put up the strands. I have seen it installed where they drilled a hole through the post and threaded it through. It was really easy. It has a very nice appearance and is safe. I've had a tree fall on it and the fence sprung right back up as soon as the tree was removed. I had one horse who pawed the lower strand and got the back of his shoe caught on it. I cut it with a pair of scissors to get him loose, then spliced the cut with gripples. I've been very happy with the fencing. Here's a website to the EquiLine if you'd like to look at it.

    http://www.premier1supplies.com/fenc...il&fence_id=59

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    • #3
      I think that fencing will get very expensive with the amount and size of the posts you need to use.

      We have miles of Horse Guard Electric Tape and it works great for us. We have it on 3" top treated posts, or steel t posts with caps. Our posts are set 16' apart which adds up to huge savings on a pasture of any size. Horses really respect electric fence making it, IMO, the best option.

      http://www.horseguardfence.com/index.php
      Patty
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      • #4
        We started using Bayco bac in the 90's!! We used it on the interior fencing for a 100 acre farm. Another source is "Cameo Fence" - a spin off. You do not need big posts..it is very lightweight, but you MUST have a strand or two of electric with it or horses will walk over/through it!! VERY safe and easy to work with. After smooth wire here in OK we will be going back to it at our next location!! We used one electric rope strand at the top, two Bayco strands (makes ducking through for a person easy, then another electric rope at the bottom. That lets horses graze along the bottom of the fence, but not push through. After you set good corner posts you can get away with lighter wooden posts or even, God forbid, T-posts for the lines. There are ways to cut costs by strapling one end to a wooden post then using the gripple hardware at the other end. Repairs are also easy. Thumbs up from me. Also almost injury free, too!!
        www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
        Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NoDQhere View Post
          I think that fencing will get very expensive with the amount and size of the posts you need to use.
          But this can be installed on t-post also (take a look at the pictures section), so it would actually be cheaper than the horseguard. I am not a real fan of the wide tape fences (like horseguard) as they will sag when wet and loosen and you have to tighten them all the time.

          I like it especially if what they say about the resitance sagging is true.

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          • #6
            We had no problem with the Bayco sagging. We hand tightened it at installation and that was all - ever. I currently have a large riding arena fenced with wide tape - not electrified, just a visual barrier. The OK wind stretches the heck out of it. I recently tightened it by 3 feet of slack tape. It also molds/mildews and looks lousey. The Bayco never did that. The special insulators for the wide tape also sun rot and shatter. I have replaced almost every insulator - you have to use the special ones for the tape - electrified or not and they are pricey!! You can use plain staples to install the Bayco on wooden posts - don't drive them in tight - and regular T-post clips when using those.
            www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
            Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma

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            • #7
              If your looking for a quality fence at a good price, try Ramm. They have many long lasting fence systems that are priced well with good warranties. There is a sale going on until the end of the month, lots of fences that have rated break strengths. Some of the plastic 'strand' fences do not have a rating. Horses need to have fences that will keep them enclosed. Many can be used on metal T-posts or can be dressed up with T-post sleeves. Others can be electrified. Im sure you will find what your looking for at the right price since the sale is on now.

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