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  • Suzanne A.

    Dear Debbie,

    I reviewed your live chat about fencing on EquiSearch and decided to see if you can help me. My sister and I received word this week that our barn has been sold to a developer and we must move our two horses. Our gentleman is a 20-year-old, 17-hand Thoroughbred; and our young lady is a mischievous 8-year-old, 16.2-hand Holsteiner warm blood. We have decided to fence our property and build a barn. We have about 2.5 acres to fence for the horses. I am apprehensive because we live one block off a very busy 6-lane highway. I am scared to death that the horses will get out, and I don't want to think about the consequences if they do. I thought about a chain link fence with hot wire to keep them off it, but some people have told me that I shouldn't put horses in chain link fence. I thought about no-climb wire with a top board and a strand of hot wire. I also thought about double fencing, which can get expensive, but I will do that if it is the best solution. Can you give us some recommendations that would give me the most peace of mind? Thanking you in advance for any advice you can give us further.

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  • Sally S.

    Dear Debbie,

    My family wants to get a mini, but we only have a quarter of an acre of land, including house, garden, and a back porch. We have a shed that could fit about 2 minis. Do you think we have enough room for a mini? Sally

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  • Steve P.

    Dear Debbie,

    When using one strand of 5.25" Flex and 4 strands of coated electric, what distance should I use between fence posts? Some say with horses, its better to go 20 feet because a horse is less likely to get hurt the further apart the posts are if they run through it. I would like to know what you recommend for your fence.

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  • Sara Hutchinson

    Dear Debbie,

    We are in the planning stages for pastures for our future horses. We plan to have 5-6 smaller sized pastures on our 5.25 acres. (We would like to rotate to keep some grass.) What is the minimum width recommended for a pasture, and how many horses per smaller pasture would you recommend? I am looking at areas around 75' wide, but we could go a bit wider if needed. The way our land is laid out, we have a couple of narrow but long strips we'd like to fence and use. Is it necessary to determine the length based on the width? For example, can a pasture be too long for it's width? (Hope that's not a dumb question) Thank you so much for your advice.

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  • Ross P.

    Dear Debbie,

    My quarter horse is recently blind in his right eye. Will he be OK as a trail horse? Ross

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  • Gene C.

    Dear Debbie,

    I am just a beginner, and I am wondering how climb resistant (or no-climb) fencing works. Thanks for the help.

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  • Chris Marrow

    Dear Debbie,

    Can you please give me some information? I am building an outdoor arena in Scotland!! The bottoming is demolition rubble, which is very deep as we filled a low-lying field. It will be a problem to drive in posts, as we will encounter slabs on the way down. We'll probably have to use a hammer drill attached to a JCB digger to make holes and cement in the posts. My question is how long should the 4x4 fence posts be, how much above ground and how much below ground? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Chris Morrow

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  • Christine D.

    Dear Debbie,

    Please post this for everyone to read about barbed wire fence. My horse, Prieta, and several of our other horses were boarded with other horses at a pasture with barbed wire fence. Prieta got into a fight with a horse and they ran into a fence. Prieta sustained a very serious injury to her hind leg, which required 101 stitches!! To make the matter worse, she has never walked normally again, ever. She has this very funny way of walking. Whenever a horse walks, their legs move with hooves from one spot to another; pick up the hoof move a low arch and put down hoof; then another leg moves, pick up the hoof move a low arch and put down hoof. Now, Preita's way of walking is bizarre at best, very, very high arch when she moves her hoof and you can feel her hoof hitting her stomach sometimes. It is all due to barbed wire fence. Christine

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  • Susan Robinson

    Dear Debbie,

    We are considering using electric fence for our broodmare and foal pastures. Will this be safe and what type of electric fence should we use? Thanks so much for your help.

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  • Abbe S.

    Dear Debbie,

    I am looking to build a stone "paddock" as a recovery paddock for horses coming off an injury. Would a small round pen be the best bet? How much would one cost? Abbe

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