Equiery Readers on Fencing, continued Wish List

If our readers were to change fencing, the most popular type cited was diamond mesh with top board, and the most commonly cited reason was that it not only keeps horses in, but keeps other animals out.

Comments that made us laugh Describe your fencing: “HAHAHAHA!

Rickety stuff that was there when I moved in. However, with his training, [my horse] under- stands barriers and does not test or try to cross weak or broken spots. He will stay behind bal-

And T e Winners Are! Our Readers Recommendations

• J Mar Fencing, LLC (no-climb wire with top board) • ProFence* (four-board) • A-1 Fencing (four-board) • Maryland Horse Fence (three-board) • SRP Fencing (fi ve-strand coated wire) • Cornerstone (three-board) • I don’t remember; it was 16 years ago! (Diamond Mesh) • Pro-Fence* (mostly three-board, some woven high tensile) • Miller’s Post Driving Company (four-board painted white) • ProFence* (no-climb mesh with top board) • Sunnyburn Fencing (fi ve-strand coated wire) • PH Drayer* (some three-board, some hot wire) • Farm & Equine Services* (some four-board; some vinyl-coated wire, four strands, top and bot- tom hot) • Quality Fence (some four-board; some four- strand high tensile) • Centaur (Centaur) • ProFence* (installed posts)

* Denotes fencing companies advertising in this issue.

ing twine!” (Lisa Boch, Pasadena) “Wire mesh fencing is the saf- est choice for my horses and their particular issues, such as a will- ingness to shove themselves be- tween the boards in three-board fencing.” (Nicole Duarte,


merly of Prince George ’ s County) Are you sat-

isfi ed with this fencing? “Yes. If I were better at driving the tractor and had never caught the wire while mowing or never backed into it with the disc harrow, I would be even more satisfi ed.” (Wendy Takacs, Cotswold Spring Farm, Mt. Airy, with mesh with board) Would you recommend the company that installed your fencing? Yes. Would you share their name? T ey are in

jail for fraud.

Tell us more! Karen Kehoe (Golden Ray Farm in White

Hall) has been replacing the board fencing on her property with fi ve-strand coated wire, with the top, middle and bottom wires hot, “because it is cost eff ective, horse safe and low maintenance.” She also notes that hav- ing the electric fence “eliminates the need for aisleways, thereby increasing pastures and decreasing maintenance/grass-cutting.”

Diane Culp (Goose Chase Farm in Adamstown) chose Cameo PVC posts with poly wire because it was easy to self-install and can be moved around if necessary. “We have adjusted it around fallen trees or unwanted plants. If the electric is off , the horses will push against it, but that is all they’ve done. One advantage is that once a very large tree fell across the fence but it stretched and held. We sawed a slice through the tree, allowed the wire to pop back into place through the slice and viola! Instant fi x until a backhoe could get the tree parts. T e sellers are very helpful with measuring or installation or maintenance questions.

“We have split rail, a mix of two-, three- and four-rail sections. We love it. We installed all 5,000 feet of it ourselves. Easy to install, easy to fi x, aff ordable. T e only problem has been that the new replacement rails are longer than the original ones, so we have to trim them down,” came from Mary and Walter Johnston, Wind- fall Farm (Woodstock) Arlene Atkins (Sweetwater Bluff in Middle- town) has a combination of high tensile, coated high tensile, all hot, with a sight rail, and some board fencing. “We installed all of our fencing and LOVE it! No problems; maintenance is just hammering staples periodically.” “We had three-board fencing installed, as it is the strongest fence for the OTTBs to run into the fi rst time they are turned out, and my Arabians and Appaloosas don’t respect electric

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