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    I am investigating some fencing options for my property. We purchased a great house on 8 acres and are in the process of clearing, building a barn, etc etc. Does anyone have any experience with the "no-climb" type of fencing. I saw some over the weekend and kind of liked it. The property, although lightly wooded, already has several paddocks delineated by stone walls. I want to utilize the pre-defined areas. I am looking for something that I can put along the stone walls on the interior, thereby still maintaining the look of the stone walls. Anyone?

  • #2
    I won't use anything else. I do put a board top and bottom with a string of hot wire on top. I raise foals so place the bottom board fairly close the ground so foals can't get a foot under it. Also, the board adds a visibility factor for foals charging around.

    The boards help keep the fencing from sagging.

    It also keeps the goats in (for the most part).


    • #3
      I will always have no-climb fence as a perimeter fence for my farm. My last farm had beautiful white 3 rail PVC fence that did NOTHING to keep my awful neighbors' dogs out of my fields and away from my horses and dogs. Eventually we added the no-climb and perimeter fenced in 40 acres, no more dogs and no more problem neighbors. My new farm (only 6.5 acres now) has no-climb as the perimeter fence and electric tape to divide the paddocks. We are in a much more crowded area; the no-climb perimeter allows me to let my dogs have the run of the farm and ensure that other dogs and people stay off the farm and safely away from the horses.

      The no-climb needs to be properly tensioned to look good. We had it professionally installed on both properties, one installation was better done than the other. Please make sure your fence installer understands that the fence must be properly tensioned. True no-climb is much harder to install than the lightwieght welded wire fence that many homeowners use to make their post and board fences safe for fencing in dogs.
      Annabelle Mayr, Arcadia Farm
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      • #4
        we installed our own, and tensioned it by pulling it with a truck. got it VERY tight and it looks very nice. we finished ours with a strand of 2 inch polly tape 6 inches above the top. give very nice visibliity and keeps horses from grazing over the fence.
        If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


        • #5
          My favorite kind of fencing. Highly recommend it. Since someone above mentioned it, DEFINITELY don't get the welded kind, it falls apart. The woven kind does not.
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          • Original Poster

            Thank you all for the input. I appreciate it. Its so hard to know with all of the options out there. I think adding electric tape along the top is a great idea.


            • #7
              Originally posted by TB Fan View Post
              Thank you all for the input. I appreciate it. Its so hard to know with all of the options out there. I think adding electric tape along the top is a great idea.
              It made me feel MUCH better about the first time we turned everyone out on it.. there was NO question where that fence was. My plan into add another strand of poly tape 6 inches higher to bring the fence to a full 5 feet tall, but at this point it's not a priority as they respect it very well as is at 4'6. I wanted the no climbs to fence other peoples dogs out adn my dogs IN. it would work great if my smarty pants puppy didn't realize he could sneak right under the driveway gate. *sigh* the other dogs respect the gate, he's just a little too smart for his own good.
              If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


              • #8
                Our experience was quite different. We had approximately 25 acres in various paddocks and pastured fenced in it, some to hold retirees, other areas to hold broodmares & foals, and a few paddocks to hold our show horses. Over the course of about three to four years, the stuff took a beating. We had Red Brand non-climb professionally installed, with a top board and electric wire. It didn't stop the horses from kicking and pawing at it and one very big broodmare rolled into it on the very first day after installation and bucked it out. We discovered you can only restretch it just so much and then you're stuck with what you've got. You couldn't pay my husband to have it put up again. We now have solid four board fencing pretty much everywhere and if a board breaks, it's a simple replacement.
                Susan N.

                Don't get confused between my personality & my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.


                • #9
                  Nothing gets in, and nothing gets out. Love this fencing. Be sure to the get the black zinc coated version, will not rust and has a 30 year warranty. I believe it might also be available in green. Mine is black and it just "disappears."



                  • #10
                    My horses always pull their shoes off on the no-climb.
                    Pam's Pony Place

                    Pam's Pony Ponderings


                    • #11
                      We have used Red-brand on all our perimeter fencing. It has been up for > 7 years and looks as good as the day it went up. Never had any accident of any type on it. Critical that you make sure you get the horse mesh as opposed to anything bigger. It's the 2" mesh you need, anything bigger you can get a leg through. We had one section about 100' long that belonged to the neighbor with the 4" x 4" spacing. One of the mares got her leg through, panicked and ripped it to the bone - really sickening.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Desert Topaz View Post
                        My horses always pull their shoes off on the no-climb.
                        What spacing do you have? I thought all the "no climb" fencing has 2" spacing which your horse couldn't get it's foot into.


                        • #13
                          2x4 inch is what we have.
                          If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


                          • #14
                            Catersun we had the 2" mesh as well and I remember a few pulled shoes. I think they would kick at it, one end of a shoe would catch on the wire and off it would come. We loved our no-climb when it was first installed - it looked gorgeous. Time was the telling factor for us.

                            ETA - sorry Catersun, I mean to say Desert Topaz instead.
                            Last edited by bludejavu; Jun. 14, 2010, 10:27 PM.
                            Susan N.

                            Don't get confused between my personality & my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.


                            • #15
                              my gang is barefoot ;-) and the youngest being 14, we have a pretty mellow bunch, the electric tape keeps them OFF the fence too so no one really hangs out near it.
                              If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


                              • #16
                                Our 5 acres is fenced and cross-fenced with non-climb. I love the stuff, and would never go back to post and rail.

                                That said, you do need to run a strand of hot tape (and our charger packs a wallop) around the top and middle to prevent the horses from rubbing/scratching. A board across the top is nice, but certainly not an absolute requirement. We rigged up a come-along to tension it. Also, we have one pasture with a fairly steep hill, and it was easy to install on un-level ground- we just tensioned it in small sections.

                                I also really like the fact that it keeps other things OUT of my pastures (like neighbor kids, loose horses, random dogs...) since we are in a reasonably suburban area.

                                In 6 years, I've only had one horse pull their shoe off on the no-climb, and it was a boarder's horse with a specialty shoe with a bit of a trailer on the back. I'm pretty sure the trailer part got caught in the fence.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Kate66 View Post
                                  What spacing do you have? I thought all the "no climb" fencing has 2" spacing which your horse couldn't get it's foot into.
                                  I have the standard 2X4 no-climb. It's as others said, the end of the shoe would catch on the mesh. And of course they'd do this when my farrier was out of town.

                                  Fencing can be such a headache.
                                  Pam's Pony Place

                                  Pam's Pony Ponderings


                                  • #18
                                    I've had it for six years with shod horses...never seen a shoe missing because of the fence...but my no climb does "move" or shift if something gets caught. I also have all paddocks done in 5' tall no climb, so I do not use electric or a top rail. It's hard for them to lift their head over so they don't bother with it.



                                    • #19
                                      I love no climb -have it in my foal paddock right now. Sandwhiched between wood fencing.

                                      Too bad about how expensive it is.

                                      However, It is was between no-climb or 4 board fence, I would go for the wood with electric wire on the top board.
                                      Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF


                                      • #20
                                        We have the Red Brand horse no climb mesh where the horse fence runs along the yard - which is fenced for the dogs.

                                        I'm not a huge fan of the look, but I think it is a pretty safe fencing. I think my horse rolled and got stuck against it, because I came home to a broken post and 3 areas where the fence has been pushed out. Neither horse nor pony have a scratch on them.

                                        Would be nice to have perimeter fencing in the mesh, that is for sure. To no longer have to worry about the neighbour dogs would be awesome.