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Q: Is hot-wire a good fencing idea???

August 10, 2009 | By Cassaundra B. | 7 answers | Expired: 1821 days ago

Cassaundra B.

We are considering getting hot-wire for our fence to outline and make portable fences for our horse and steer. Is there anybody out there that uses hot-wire and thinks it is worth getting or what and if worth getting any brands you prefer(cheap brands)? Need to know thanks-Casey

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Jillian
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Aug 11, 2009

electric fences are not only physically abusive, but mentally abusive as well. they don't teach the animal to mind the fence, but to fear it - creating anxiety and insecurity along w/that fear. the shock they produce is painful. horses are a strong animal, but an electric jolt against their skin still hurts quite a bit. that's why these fences are effective, the shock has to be strong enough to cause pain. buy installing an electric fence, your horse and steer may develop issues w/each other that didn't previously exist. a frightened horse or steer can be dangerous to those around them, and correcting irrational fears and the aggression that can ensue is in no way a quick fix, or an easy one. electric fences are inhumane and do not even guarantee the outcome you're looking for. i'm sure someone on here can recommend a humane way to keep your animals confined w/o damaging your fences.

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Lynn C.
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Aug 11, 2009

I for years have used the electric tape fencing and love it. As long as you keep the tape tight in the insulators, they work fantastic. It doesn't cost a ton, is safe for the animals if they get tangled in it (my blind horse did this once) and once my horses learned to respect it, I do not even have to turn on the electric fencer. If you have any questions, let me know.

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Lilyrose
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Aug 11, 2009

Several years ago I boarded some horses at a place that used electric fencing. They had the tape type and it worked well. I did touch touch it accidently as I was ducking under to enter the pasture. I got zapped on my back. It was NOT bad at all! A quick zap-no big deal. I was suprised. The owner of the ranch said he only turns it on when he first moves horses into a new pasture area. Once they learn the perimeters he shuts it off. I do not think it is inhumane to use for large animals. If you need to fence a large area and can't afford regular fencing, this is an alternative that is cheaper. I have mesh horse fencing with top pipe. I cannot use electric type fence because of residential restrictions.

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