We’ve talked a little bit about fencing and design of fences and pastures. One of the really interesting things we are trying here in Maryland is the track paddock idea. I have mentioned this idea in previous blogs. Our track paddocks include some type of vegetation or grass combination on all areas of the system providing a better chance for individual paddocks to rest and recover.
The idea is a variation on the Paddock Paradise® promoted by the Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices (AANHCP) which they call; “a ‘management or boarding concept’ to provide domestic equines with an environment that more closely resembles their natural habitat”. More information can be found on their website. www.aanhcp.net/pages/welcome-to-paddock-paradise.
To establish these systems we are usually using some form of electric tape readily available on the market today. One of the best companies I have worked with is the Horseguard Fence Company.
This company offers a unique service in that if you send them a drawing of your fence layout they will provide you with all the components you will need to construct the fence – no running back and forth to the local feed store! They also have a great color brochure that provides step by step instructions for installation of their fence. Check out their website here https://www.horseguardfence.com/.
If you are thinking about installing an electric fence here are the links to three videos that you may find helpful. The first one is a good overview of electric fencing in general, while the second talks about the different types of insulators you may use. The third one covers the ground rod, often the most confusing but at the same time necessary part of an electric fence.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJHLnpm0pNs electric fence overview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1gugBpO_rI installing insulators
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdoMX8EacBw ground rod