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  • Heidi J.

    Dear Debbie,

    Hi Debbie, I am putting up Ramm fencing this summer - I was wondering if you could give me any recommendations on good places to go for gates? I have tall horses, and I am concerned with safety for the horse, and ease of use. I worry about cattle gates because horses can paw and put their leg through them, right? Thanks much.

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  • Matthew Myers

    Dear Debbie,

    I am sorry to e-mail you personally, but I hope that you have a little time to answer a question. My wife and I have a 14-acre pasture that we are building our home in. We would love to re-fence the entire pasture, but that is not an option right now. What we would like to do is put up fence around our home in order to keep our horses out of and off of our house. I really like the flex type fence, and would like to do something nice to surround our home. It would be a square project with 4 corners and probably be 250-300 linear feet of fence to enclose the house. I have never used the product before and am curious to the practicality of this type of project as well as the cost. What kind of corner posts need to be set to accommodate the tension? I am totally new to this type of fence and I need some serious help, but I want to do something nice.

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  • Tracey McCallum

    Dear Debbie,

    What is the best option for Thoroughbred stallion fencing? I really don't want any electric fencing on the property. We used the 4- 5/16" coated wire fencing for the mares with 5" x 7’ treated posts - which we are very happy with - but feel we need more for a stallion. Tracey McCallum

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  • Janice J.

    Dear Debbie,

    We will be fencing our newly-planted pasture this coming spring. I plan on building a 3-board fence and running an electric wire along the top part of the post. The problem I have is that one of my horses has a bad habit of slamming his windpipe down on the metal gates much like a cribber, but he doesn't suck in wind. I need to run an electric wire along all of my gates so he no longer has a horizontal surface to do this. Any suggestions? I'll end up with over 11 acres of fescue for 4 horses so there's plenty of grass, but he still does it, especially after he eats his grain. Janice

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  • Betsy M.

    Dear Debbie,

    We have a new chocolate Lab. She is 1 year and 3 months old. We have only had her for 3 weeks and instead of keeping her tied up, my husband wants to add another electrical wire to our existing fence and let her roam in the pasture. She has been going out with me to feed the horses since we have gotten her and loves being out there. He wants to put her plastic dog house out there also. It's like Little Tykes plastic. They seem to respect each others space. The horses used to have a lot of dogs barking at their feet before I got them. This dog is real sweet and doesn't bother them at all. Is this a bad idea?

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  • Sharron W.

    Dear Debbie,

    My horses are turned out every day on what has become a dry lot. Needless to say, the spring rains are creating a lake. I plan to have fill brought in to raise the level of the area, but I am not sure what type of fill I should use. Do I need to lay in a stone layer first? I also use this area for riding and schooling, so the footing has to be just right. Any help would sure be appreciated. Sharon

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  • Devin A.

    Dear Debbie,

    My mom and I have been looking for a good kid broke horse for my brother. We have had some, but they turn out not to be so kid broke. Then others have been too much or not so kid broke when we go and see them. Do you have any helpful hints in picking a good kid broke horse?

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  • Dawn O.

    Dear Debbie,

    We are looking seriously at using the V-Mesh fence for our horses. We live in a suburban area that used to be country and is now surrounded by the city and homes. We need a fence that will keep out dogs, children, etc., and keep in our horses. It also needs to be low-maintenance. Our property is slightly rolling - not flat, but not hilly either. How does this fence work when you are not on a flat piece of ground? Also, how do you install it? We have wooden fence posts up already. Do we need bracing for the end posts? I appreciate your help. Dawn

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  • Casey I.

    Dear Debbie,

    I recently bought a two-year-old green-broke gelding. He is extremely friendly and nice, but I cannot get him to canter on ground or in the saddle. I have never had a problem with a no-go horse before. Even when I am right on his rump, he keeps trotting and refuses to canter. My question is; how do I get my two-year-old to canter?

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  • Karen G.

    Dear Debbie,

    I have a five-acre horse farm that is mostly fenced in wire mesh. It is a good, heavy wire and is in good shape for the most part. The problem I am having is that my horses are beginning to bend the fence down where I don't have a board across the top. Also, where I do have 1x6 boards across the top, they are getting old and beginning to break. Wood is so expensive that I was wondering if there is a more economical alternative to use across the top for the entire fence line. I know that something electrified would be the cheapest, but I hate to do that because my neighbors love to pet and feed my horses over the fence (which my horses love also) and I think they would be offended if I electrified it. Karen

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