- Super! Natural! B. C.
- 13 Apr 2009
My horses have stripped the bark off of 3 mature holly trees 2 are regrowing from the bottom.
On fencing: Give your local council a dingle, and ask what are the responsibilities of fencing between two neighbours, when both are willing partners, or conversely, if only one will be the payer. Make sure to mention that there are horses involved, as fencing rules generally differ if livestock is a factor.
Then talk with the neighbour. S/he may be willing to pay part of the bill, esp. if they want foal-proof fencing (helps to have a witness or contract), if not, you're probably going to pick up the tab. If your neighbour will let you, use offset electric fencing to keep the little devils 8 to 10 inches off the property line.Off set fencing is simply adding a length of 2X4 and nailing it to each fence post, on an angle so it sticks out into the neighbours yard about 8-10 inches, and because its angled, you'll get 3 or so inchs of height in the bargain. If you're putting up more than one strand the lower lines can be secured the same way or with the plastic fence post clips, available for wood posts or steel t-posts. A fencer will last you eons. I have mine mounted near the back door. Hubby sank a 6 foot grounding rod, and I trenched about 1 foot deep from the fencer to the fence, ran regular household wire, one was like the stuff in the wire cord for a lamp or telly, the other was copper covered in plastic. The copper one goes from the fence to the grounding rod, about 6 feet if that, the other goes underground through the old hose (for extra protection)from the fence to the fence. These things are dead easy to figure out, once you see them and their booklet. The fencer makes a little beep noise, so you always know its working. Its surer than plants as a barrier (Most plants that an animal absolutely will not touch are poisonous - everything else they will try if they're bored) and by mounting the fence on the house you can check on it regularly.