braided rope or tape fencing
horse is standing on the edge of cliff at the Grand Canyon. Out of
nowhere a hot air balloon appears behind your horse and lights its
burner. Your horse goes ballistic. Are you certain four strands of
rope or tape with electricity running through them is enough to prevent injury?
We think not. While this is an
exaggerated example, the threat of injury
to newborn foals or young horses, stallion aggressiveness, or even cars
on nearby roads is very real. Fencing should be secure enough to prevent
the worst case flight scenario, not just contain placid animals in lush
pastures. Electric fence only provides one of three very important
deterrents to flight, and that is a mental barrier. Despite advertising
to the contrary, our experience has shown that even multi-strand
electric is usually unsuitable for permanent horse pastures
because of its limited visibility and virtually no physical strength.
Its easy installation and low cost are benefits; however, if the charger
or electrical ground quits, so does the fence! If your budget or hilly
terrain only permits electric type fencing, adding an Equi-Tee top rail
above the strands of 1-1/2" wide polytape or polyrope will provide
a more visible barrier and cover the T post tops. This makes a more
suitable enclosure for horses, but even then there is minimal physical
restraint. There is some industry discussion on whether horses can even see 1/4 inch
braided rope, certainly a camera can't. We agree that there is no
place in horse fencing for strands less than 1-1/2" wide unless a
sight line top rail is used. If you only have a budget for electric, and
expect that this alone will keep your horses safe, we believe you should
be aware that you are putting your horses at risk.
Tension (New Zealand) or Barbed Wire
we go to shows we are amazed to find how many owners have their horses
contained in multi-strand (New Zealand) type or barbed wire enclosures. If these
owners were in our position, and had heard the terrible stories of
injuries and death that this wire causes, they wouldn't even consider
putting their horses in those types of pastures. Neither should you.
Fencing of this type is nearly invisible and this contributes to severe
injuries. If you must use this type of fence, perhaps you could
mount some form of visible top rail and also use electricity to define
the perimeter. Our Equi-Tee adapter may be suitable for this purpose.
Barbed wire is totally inappropriate for containing horses. According to
our vet, more injuries occur from these two types of fence that all the
others combined. If you use this fence style you are just asking for
alternative to new Zealand wire is the flexible rail or web style
fencing. This style uses high tensile wire covered by a polymer coating.
This web between the strands adds visibility and safety. This webbed-wire
fences forgiving nature is certainly a good selling point;
however, we think that Equi-Fence would do the job equally well.
Non-climb and the Equi-Tee adapter also has other benefits that high
tension can't match. Predator control
could be a big issue. All
the fence strength in the world might not prevent injury from feral
animals, but keeping
the predator out in the first place, just might. If cost and easy
installation are also important considerations then Equi-Tee has this
fence beat hands down. From a strictly practical standpoint, our
experience with this fence has shown that its weight and expansion
qualities mean high maintenance. It sags and looks terrible when the
temperature gets hot. When it cools down and the wires tighten,
contraction pops out even very well-set posts. It can be expensive and
time consuming to install and because this fence utilizes wood posts,
they will need painting as well as replacement when they rot.
honestly say that polyvinyl is the
most attractive horse fence money can buy. In fact, because of their
beauty, visibility, and toughness, vinyl rails are the other key part to
our Equi-Tee system. Manufacturers of vinyl point
out the benefits of poly over wood, including beauty and durability. We
agree. If you have an unlimited budget, this fence is tough to fault.
Unfortunately, this fence must be professionally installed, and combined with its high
purchase cost it is an expensive option. On our ranch we use polyvinyl
in the more visible areas, such as along roadways. To keep the property
from looking cluttered we installed Equi-Tee and woven wire where long
distances made the look and cost of all vinyl impractical. Another
problem with vinyl it that it has limited impact and bending resistance.
It quite is easy for horses to push through it by creasing or popping
the rails from their posts. For this reason we developed the Hot
Wire stud to mount a hot wire on
the posts to prevent horse damage. Post & rail fences will not
contain foals or pets and it will not keep predators out.
Another consideration is that white Vinyl can be too visible.
While it is a wonderful perimeter fence, installing vinyl for driveways,
cross fencing, paddock and pastures can lead to white vinyl overload.
Properties with too much vinyl have a busy cluttered look. To really
have a nice appearance the vinyl should be used to accent the borders,
otherwise there is just white everywhere.
Pipe fencing is
one of the most versatile types of fence. It is easy to install because
it simply clamps to pipes driven into the ground. One drawback is
the fact that it is difficult to account for hilly terrain. Pipe
fences work best where it is flat. Another drawback to
this fence is the limited strength of the pipe posts and also the width
between the rails which allows horses to put their necks through.
When horses rub against it, put their heads through the rails or do all
the other things that horses naturally do, the fence bends over. At
Firefly Andalusian Ranch we love the flowing manes our horses have.
Without some way to discourage them from sticking their necks through
the rails to nibble at the grass on the other side we were getting bald
spots in their manes! This experience lead us to develop a hot
wire pipe clamp, a simple but effective way to mount a scare wire to
Wire Non-Climb Fence
from the millions of miles of field fence already up, this style of
fence unquestionably gets the award for most proven. Other than its
rather plain look and lack of a sight line (top rail), non-climb woven
wire is probably the best available pasture fence. It is modestly
priced, readily available, and relatively easy to install. A well built
field fence will keep just about anything in or out. In fact, no other
fencing beats it as a physical barrier. However, horse owners worry
about exposed T post tops, the wire has somewhat limited visibility, and
horses tend to bend the top of the fence down when leaning over. The
manufacturers of field fence agree that installing a top rail
sight line is advisable for horse installations. It is interesting to
note that until our Clip-top adapter was invented there hasn't been
any way to add a sightline if T posts were used! Unless horse owners
wanted a wood post and top rail fence (which most do not) there was no
way to easily utilize this effective and low cost means of fencing.
Non-climb woven wire is the basis for the fence style that our
transform. If you are sold on the benefits of non-climb, but were
looking for a way to make it safer for your horses, we have the fencing
solution for you. The best part is that you'll only need to budget an
additional $1.90 per foot for your installation. Let us show you how
this can become the best possible low cost, permanent horse fence.