Reinforcing Existing Fence

Adding more conductors photoWe have 2 strands of electric braid to keep our ponies & horses in our back pasture.  It works for 2 out of 3 of the equine.  The pony can escape any time she wants, no matter what the voltage of the charge.  Nite Nite is the 300 pound Shetland pony that we once-upon-a-time renamed “Aretha.”  She is a dear and sassy gal.

We also have dairy goats whose aliases are “Houdini.”

The update to “reinforce existing fence” includes adding 5 more strands of braid, at the proper spacing to prevent goats & lambs escaping low, the pony from escaping mid-range, and the dairy goats from escaping high.

It was cold out today, and brittle old fence conductors just snap off when we tried to adjust them.  However, we got a good jump on the job and hopefully will complete the entire pasture tomorrow.

Daughter Char tells me dad is going along with this plan because if it doesn’t work this time, he can stand by his “I told you so’s” of the past.  Its been a long road of chasing loose ponies and goats.  After all of my research and planning, I have to admit that I won’t believe it’ll work until I see It for myself.

Will keep you posted as to the success rate.

Root for me?

6 responses to “Reinforcing Existing Fence

  1. Our neighbors in Denmark are struggling with that too, sometime sheep comes out on the road btw the 2 farms 🙂 and we does not know always to where they belong :=) keep cool :=) warm greetings from California !

    • Thank you for the greetings, Niels, and yes, I can imagine the sheep wandering. We have that happen a lot, too! But we keep trying 🙂

  2. Oh my … yes indeed, fencing has at times been a nearly full-time preoccupation around here … you and Char have all of my sympathies. I’m wondering what your husband believes is the fool-proof solution to the problem? The bad news is that once an animal has escaped it is difficult to convince it that it cannot do so once again! Have you checked the voltage running through EACH of the strands? And, is your fencer well grounded (you need at least three 8 foot rods each 8-10 feet apart to ground a powerful fencer properly). A good jolt of 3000 volts is minimal. If there are enough shorts in the system 3000 can drop below 1000 pretty quickly. Poly-stands are difficult to keep tight too, especially with the weight of heavy Vermont snow and ice … that’s why we went with high-tensile from the start … but, then again, we had bulls to keep in their place. You all have all of my support – I’ll be thinking of you clipping insulators throughout the day – the very best of luck. And, here’s to some good SNAPs, jolts, and jumps once the goats, sheep, and horses get to testing out their new, fortified, perimeters! D

    • Hi D! I think Jim has not a clue as to what is fool-proof anymore. We have 4000 volts on our fencer. The fence will require maintenance to keep up because of the braid, number of strands, weeds…but I didn’t want to use the High tensile because of the horses. The angoras that are coming have only ever had welded wire fencing (um, that was a spoiler there!), the goats I have have always been happy to jump over or through the couple of strands and have been very effectively kept in the wooden paddock with welded wire & a hot strand around the top. The pony has been happy to blast through the couple of strands as well.

      So we got shutdown because of running out of daylight. The next couple of days should have us up and running. Will keep you apprised.

      And thank you so much for the great note – it’s always fun to hear from you and to bend your ear for advice. After this, hopefully I could even keep giraffes in!

    • Thanks, Lauren! Didn’t have a chance to test it today as we ran out of daylight before completing the project. Soon!

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