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

August 10, 2009 | By Cassaundra B. | 7 answers | Expired: 1855 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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Scmar65
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Aug 12, 2009

I have used electric fencing for my horses for over twenty years. It is safe and very effective. Currently I am in love with electric rope fencing. It is strong, doesn't stretch or flap in the wind like tape, and won't injure your horse if he does decide to test it. It is much less expensive than rail fencing, and much safer. Horses quickly learn to respect this fence. You can learn more about it on this website:
www.premier1supplies.com/fencing.php?species_id=4
Never use high-tensile wire as a primary fencing since it can act like an egg slicer if a horse bolts through it.

As far as these fences being "physically and mentally abusive" as one member wrote, horses will learn after the first test, not to go near it again. I have never had any horse become anxious or insecure after receiving a jolt from this fence. I would much rather have them get a jolt from an electric fence, than be hit by a car.
And, yes, I have been jolted by the fence myself on several occasions. It is not pleasant, but that is the whole point.
Your large animal vet probably has an opinion on fencing, as I am use he/she has removed a splintered rail from many a horses' chest, or a wire from a leg or two.

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Jeanene
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Aug 11, 2009

As you can see you'll get as many different opinions on this as there are people. It comes down to the fact that it is Safer than many other types of fences (including wooden board fences). I've used Electric fences for Many years and have had no isues where it is. I am even able to keep my Oldest blind appaloosa in the fence because she can hear the fence itself and steer clear of it. I've seen horses bolt through just about every known type of fence and the worst that generally happens to a horse with an electic wire is a bit of a welt. We had a hanavarian stallion get a board from a wooden fence stuck in his chest and it ultimately had to be put down because it punctured a lung. I've seen horses stuck in wire mesh that have ended up with cuts to the bone on their legs. It's one of those things you have to decide for yourself.

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Xxxkepxxx
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Aug 11, 2009

i am not a fan of eletric fences. i will never use one as long as i live because i believe it is just a way of scarying of the horses. it hurts then mentaly and physicly. it is not a healthy fear for them and i do not belieave it is a sensible way.

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Ninaof2girls
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Aug 11, 2009

When we first adopted our dog I asked a few people about electric fences because there are several with them in our neighborhood. After doing some research I decided against them. I do believe that any form of electric shock or sound is offensive to the animals and abusive whether it's horses, cattle or dogs. I have also seen many dogs that have seen something that they want to chase and have gone through electric fences and have gotten hit anyway. Or they have gotten outside the electric fence and gotten confused and were unable to get back into their own yard and became lost. Everyone has their own opinion and will do what they want and this is my opinion and experience with the fences so far. I prefer regular wooden or metal fences.

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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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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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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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