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How to introduce horse to portable hot tape fence?

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  • How to introduce horse to portable hot tape fence?

    I just bought a charger, tape and posts, so I can fence off small areas of my non-fenced lawn.

    How do I introduce my mare to this?

    I assume inside her pasture first, with only one side?

    Any tips would be awesome

  • #2
    introduce her to the concept of the hotwire before she is in any restricted space. she has to be really respectful of the wire before you can use it in the small space. it also helps if you make sure you have extra tape for putting around the perimeter. I used 3 strands while accustoming my TB's to the portable pen. I hope it goes well.
    good luck


    • Original Poster

      Thanks flash! Great tips


      • #4
        I let them touch a hot wire on a lead until they learn it's a source of pain. But you have to smart about it and not be in their way when they react. Also make it clear that YOU are not the source. It can be tricky. Much easier if they have ever lived with a hot wire on the inside of their regular fencing.

        All of my fencing is hot wire and always has been so I've only had trouble with purchased horses, never the ones I raised from foals.


        • Original Poster

          Sunridge: she has never touched a hot fence, and to be honest I'm a little leery of holding her as she can be explosive on a normal day lol.

          I'll try with a lunge line I guess, and when this wind kicks down!


          • #6
            I took my horse out for a walk around the area. Let him graze up to it... "oh look, what's this white fluttery stuff?" ZAP right on the wittle gwey nose.

            Yes, he did jump back a good ways, but I had him on a longe line and was ready to calm him and go with him. (and he is pretty darn explosive too) No, he never tested it again.
            Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


            • #7
              Yep,yep lunge line, sorry. Exactly how SmartAlex described. Mine can also be explosive. Gotta use those cat-like reflexes at times.

              I had a corral fence with hot wire run on the inside when I taught my stallion. However those horses haven't learned to identify the wire without a board. They don't even see it. They have to learn to look for it. It's amazing to watch the learning curve on a horse.


              • #8
                Lunge line. Also it's important that the horse touches her nose to the hot wire or tape, rather than her pole or neck or chest ( if she were to put her head over, or under the fence). If she gets zapped on the nose she'll back away, or maybe explode backward, so watch yourself If she doesn't get zapped on the nose, say the neck instead, she may decide to run forward through the fence.

                A trick I've used on my dogs to teach them about an electric fence is to bait them. Sounds evil, but it's very effective, and you're no where near to get blamed. I crimp 3x4 strips of aluminum foil on the hotwire and smear peanut butter or catfood juice on the foil. Works great on educating foxes to leave the chicken yard alone too.

                Is your mare curious enough to check out flags of aluminun foil with her nose?


                • #9
                  Truely there is only one way for them to learn what it is. That is for them to touch it. I, personally don't want to be very near them when they do. If the enclosure is big enough they will usually trot off a little ways wondering what got them. If you are standing too close they will think you did it, not the fence. I was keeping a friends horse several years ago and he didn't know what an electric fence was and tried to sniff noses with my gelding over the fence. My gelding knew what the fence was and stayed a respectful distance from it. Friend's horse leaned in closer and closer and then ZAP! He hated, I mean HATED, my gelding ever since. We couldn't even ride them together because Friend's horse would do his best to kill my horse. Got a good kick in at least once.
                  "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


                  • #10
                    wear gloves and don't loop nothing around a body part.

                    but yeah...touching is learning.

                    After they learned that white tape = bad, you can also go without juice on it for a while until they start leaning in....


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                      After they learned that white tape = bad, you can also go without juice on it for a while until they start leaning in....
                      Um... well....

                      Mine seem to know the instant the fence is not one.

                      Unless you meant like five minutes when you said a while.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                        Um... well....

                        Mine seem to know the instant the fence is not one.

                        Unless you meant like five minutes when you said a while.
                        The horses I have now will not touch the fence, on or off, I can even hang string instead of wire and they will not touch it. However, I have had a young horse in the past that would test it on a regular basis. Soooo depends on the horse.
                        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


                        • #13
                          My Haflinger (need I say more) will walk right up to the fence, when it is off, and pull on the tape with her teeth.

                          Working on the fence when she is out there is a very interesting experience. Tug of war with your horse to get your fence tape back. I am sure it is fun for everyone watching.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                            My Haflinger (need I say more) will walk right up to the fence, when it is off, and pull on the tape with her teeth.

                            Working on the fence when she is out there is a very interesting experience. Tug of war with your horse to get your fence tape back. I am sure it is fun for everyone watching.

                            youtube or it's not happening!

                            yeah, some specialists do that.


                            • Original Poster

                              Thanks for the great tips and stories guys!

                              I will tape off the small area of pasture that has three, three rail sides, so that there will only be one hot tape side. I figure I will give her a small amount of treats in the corner furthest away from the tape, then make my exist. Hopefully(sounds bad I guess) she will walk up to the tape, touch it with her nose and bolt towards the rail fencing and away from the tape.

                              And 'hopefully' she will learn that tape=do not touch!

                              She just discovered her brain in the past two weeks, so fingers crossed we have no causualties!

                              I remember my old pony touching hot wire for the first time... His tail shot up like fireworks lol. Poor guy.