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In our region of Ohio, we are getting small glimpses of warmer weather. After a long winter, even if your live in warmer climates, this is a good time to start fence maintenance, (or fencing plans,) before those pesky bugs and hot days arrive. And no matter what kind of fencing you have for your horses, after time, maintaining your fence is good for both you and your horses in many ways. I know because after years of owning and boarding horses ~ an once of protection is worth ‘even one vet bill’.
1. Lower your costs – Yearly maintenance to your fencing will reduce the costs of letting a small ‘fix’ turn into a large repair. Longer wear to your fence and weather damage can turn into bigger problems. Broken or loose rails with protruding nails can be a real hazard to horses ~ not to mention the tragedy of a horse getting loose. Walk, ride or drive your fence lines and make a note of any maintenance or repairs that will be needed. Take a long a hammer, nails, fence pliers and marking tape so you can tackle the quick fixes and mark the ones that will need more attention.
2. Strengthen your fence – Check your fence posts to be sure they are strong, without being cracked all the way through and down the post and check to be sure they are tight in the ground. Replace any posts that are leaning or weak from age. Your posts are the ‘back bone’ of your fence system and need to be strong to secure your horses properly. Make sure you choose pressure treated pine posts with a minimum .30 retention level. They are easy to nail into and the life expectancy of the post, under the ground, is 30 years. Be sure to check around ‘turn-out’ gate areas where horses often congregate. Any ‘favorite’ places that your horses may have and especially down cross fenced pastures or common fence lines. These areas tend to have more wear and be sure that they are strong and secure.
3. Lengthen the life of your fence – Most fence systems, (other than solid wood systems), will have a given life expectancy due to manufactures defect or weathering. What is not covered under most warranties is abuse – which can happen if you don’t keep an eye on your pastures or if ‘mayhem’ visits you! By checking your fence system and making any repairs you will stop the obvious problems and protect your horses. Ever hear of or have you had a car, truck or tractor run into a fence? Thats right, mayhem does occasionally visit horse farms. By planning to replace your existing system with a safer and stronger alternative, such as flexible fencing, even in phases, you will greatly reduce your repair costs. And with a fence like High Impact flex fence, your warranty is the longest you can find – lifetime!
4. Extend the life of your old fence – Add electric to existing older fence systems if you are not ready to purchase a new one. This will extend the life of your older, worn out fence system and help to make it much safer. With choices today, you can easily add a tape, rope, twine or electric braid fencing that only requires hand tensioning. Installation is fairly simple, just be sure to have the proper components, charger and ground rods for maximum performance. Be prepared and keep tall grass or brush from under and around your fence lines. If your able to brace your corners and ends of your existing fence, an electric coated wire fence will double your effectiveness. These tensioned fences add durable break strength per rail as well as being electric. Bonus -they flex on impact and return to their original shape!
5. Evaluate your current fencing layout – How are your pastures holding up to your horses grazing patterns or current turnout schedule? If you are finding that your pastures need time to rest from early spring turnout, you may want to consider adding some smaller paddocks for rotational grazing. This area can be within your existing pasture, if its large enough or you can build an additional area on the edge of your pasture. Electric fencing options can give you a quick way to add areas to contain your horses so your larger pastures can rest until the ground firms up or your grass grows. A permanent area inside of your pasture located at your most often used gate can also act as a great ‘catch pen’. As your horses are turned out on your larger pasture, you can funnel them into a catch area – a few at a time or all at once to calm down horses on those ‘frisky’ days before you bring them to the barn. You serve two purposes with this kind of a smaller fenced area! Bo-Yah!
Take a little bit of time to check your fence lines for the safety of your horses. If you need to improve your current fencing, your options are many. Need help with ideas? Let me know about your current fencing layout and what you would like to accomplish. Together we will come up with solutions to help you and your horses.
What is the best fencing tip or layout you have heard about or have?
We have a small farm and for the first few years, we didn’t even have a barn with stalls; just a couple of run-in sheds. I’m sure many of you can relate – with our horses being at home, everything we do is on a budget. Eventually we built a small 4 stall barn with an aisle. After three years of cleaning stalls, feeding, and filling water buckets by flashlight we finally got electricity to the stable. Five years later we put in a water faucet.
Originally our only water source was a hose running 200 feet along the ground. Dealing with frozen hoses and ice was the standard! Ah … the good old days. Read more »
ELECTROBRAID™ Q & A
by Debbie Disbrow
Q. WHAT IS ELECTROBRAID™?
A. ElectroBraid™ is a permanent electric fence designed especially for horses. It is both a physical barrier and a psychological deterrent. It is highly visible to horses, strong, durable and resilient.
Q. HOW DOES IT WORK?
A. Once a horse receives a painful shock the horse will not go near the fence again. It won’t rub against the fence. It won’t crib on it. And it won’t try to jump over it or go through it or go under. It doesn’t want to get shocked again.
Q. HOW DURABLE IS ELECTROBRAID™ FENCE?
A. The high-grade polyester fiber is the same fiber used in automotive seat belts and parachute harnesses. Polyester resists attack by ultraviolet light, salt, manure and most farm chemicals. The copper develops an oxidized outer layer or “patina” that protects the copper wire from corrosion. The Braid™ carries a 25-year warranty. Read more »
Here at Ramm, we get a lot of questions from our customers. After 22 years of being in the horse fencing and stall business, our most often asked question is “What kind of fencing should I get for my horses?” You would think that there is a simple answer – “something that will hold them in!” But in reality, most horse owners don’t take the time to ‘do their homework’ and find out the best fencing that will fit their horses particular needs. The bigger question? How do you justify paying for fencing made specifically for horses rather than traditional or inexpensive fence? The answer may surprise you. And may even completely change the way you look at fencing made specifically for horses. Truth be known, fencing made for horses costs much less than traditional fencing!
Note: Electric fencing in picture is not turned on.