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
I'm glad you emailed. For your situation, we suggest a top rail of High Impact Flex-Fence to help keep the top wire straighter. Feeding horses and loving them over the fence will definitely teach them to lean and push it. This puts your investment in the fence at risk. High traffic areas, such as you describe, cost you more money for maintenance and repair (not to mention your precious time).
I would have a "good and kind" talk with my neighbors and tell them how much money this will cost you in the long run if they continue to feed them. Additionally, if your fence becomes too bent, you may have an area where your horses can escape if they decide to go visit your neighbors, and then there may be a liability issue.
I know it may sound extreme, but you have to think about how this could hurt you in the long run. If you install electric (which I think is a good idea since it would stop your problem), invite your neighbors to come to the barn and love the horses in their stalls. It will save you money, and perhaps, eliminate an accident waiting to happen. Please let me know if I can help you further.Debbie