LAMANITIC HORSES AND PONIES - Important fencing checklist

  • Fencing must be easily visible - if your horse is prone to spooking or barging then a tape fence is both visible and safe;
  • Electric fencing is typically 50% less expensive to install than other types of fencing and provides an effective and portable solution for laminitic horses;
  • Electric fencing is a psychological barrier and most horses will avoid it after their first contact;
  • Some laminitics become distressed when separated from their field companions - electric fencing allows an area within a larger paddock to be fenced off, allowing horses to remain within sight of their companions;
  • Managing laminitics sometimes requires fencing to be erected or moved quickly - with Gallagher's SmartFence, a 100 metre mobile fence can be erected in just five minutes;
  • Make sure you have plenty of spare posts and clips - spacing posts further apart can help save time and money;
  • Make sure the fence is taut by tensioning it with the Gallagher rope tensioner;
  • Use the Gallagher rope gateway set  for a safe and simple gateway opening;
  • For mobile horse fencing, use the Gallagher's new stirrup post for spacing purposes
  • For horses, fencing wire should be placed at 65cm, 100cm and 135cm for maximum effectiveness;
  • Make sure you use an efficient battery energiser designed for use with horses;
  • Inadequate earthing is the main cause of low power so make sure you test your energiser's earthing system with a digital voltmeter or a Gallagher Smartfix;
  • Discuss a year-round management programme with your vet - it is not uncommon for vet's to see more cases of laminitis in autumn and winter so it's important not to drop your guard;
  • Watch out for sudden flushes of grass;
  • Try to arrange mixed grazing with sheep to help keep the grass down;

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