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Adopting a mule...why no t-post fences?
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Tom A    Posted 01-29-2002 at 08:53:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey all,

We're working to adopt a beautiful 14 hand mule from a local horse rescue place. My problem is my little farm: I won't meet one of the rescue place's requirements for facilities.

I have 18+ acres, with about 7 acres fenced in pasture. Currently I have goats and sheep living happily in the pasture, and that's where the mule will go. I've had holsteins in there, too.

But the horse rescue place's criteria says 'no metal t-posts' are acceptable. Most of my fencing is metal t-posts, with telephone-pole sized corner and gate posts...don't think I'm gonna change out all my fencing, as much as I like this here mule.

So, any advice--either on the requirement (why are t-posts such a no no??) or on how to make them acceptable? I'm afraid we have gotten attached to this mule, so I'd rather not give up.

thanks,
Tom


Donna    Posted 01-29-2002 at 12:58:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They fear the mule will jump and gore itself, but You may try caping the post or checking into it to see if that may be accepted by the folks you can get them at the larger feed stores, They are a little harsh with their rules I think,
Donna


PCC-AL- While we are talking about fence    Posted 01-29-2002 at 10:36:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
has anyone had experience with electric fence to keep deer out of the garden? How high?
I also heard that there is some special way to build a regular fence to keep the deer from jumping it. It seems that you angle the top out toward the outside or something like that. Anyone ever heard of it? Thanks.


Thanks wh and Jim-PCC-AL    Posted 01-29-2002 at 13:04:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another suggestion was to take off your sweaty shirt when you finish working in the garden and hang it on a post. The smell is supposed to keep them away. You have to use another shirt every couple of day. I don't think it will work with my deer as they are too tame. I think they love me. I know they love my peas, and everything else.


wh    Posted 01-29-2002 at 12:22:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
was told to do the following this and it worked. did not belive it would but was wrong. will tell you up front - we have deer. have seen as high as 25 in herd during summer. now to the fence - run a single wire 36" from ground. use a hot charger (mine will frun 25 mile of regular fence). tyed orange ribbon to wire about every 20 feet. no i did not think it would work. tracks were as thick as hair around pea patch but none in patch. got done with peas and took wire down. next am there were no peas and tracks were everywhere. wh cullman AL


Jim(MO)    Posted 01-29-2002 at 11:42:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeh, theory is a deer can jump very high or a long distance but can't do both. So a fence angled out about halfway up is supposed to do the trick. There was a thread on this a year or so ago. I think some suggested measurment were given and a supplier of pr-made fencing. Might be around in the archives.


LazyHorse    Posted 01-29-2002 at 10:28:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
F14 is right with his theory. Also Mules are smart and will lean up against a fence to see if it gives to pressure. Once the rub up againt a stretch with a T post they know they can push it right over and walk outta the fence. I have 20 acres of pasture with T posts and electric fence, to retian the mules, donkeys, and horses, and have no problems. You might ask the adoption place is you can reinforce the fence every 50 feet or so with a wood post.


Ole Cuss    Posted 01-29-2002 at 15:20:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

You hit it right on the head: mules (and some horses) will lean forward or push with their rumps against posts and fences, either to rub or to test whether they can topple it. I know one coonhunter whose mule doesn't jump, he just bulldozes down any gate or fence in his way. T-posts can't stand up to that.


F14    Posted 01-29-2002 at 09:22:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suspect they're worried about potential injuries if the critter decides to go over the fence for a little walk.

I see "caps" for the posts and plastic top rail in my daughter's Horse magazines alla time, ya might be able to get away with that.


MikeH-Tx    Posted 01-29-2002 at 10:29:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet you are right, F14. I had some 6ft Tbar posts holding up the fence around my garden and a deer decided it wasn't tall enough to keep her out. She cleared the fence, but caught the Tbar in the hindquarter and bled to death in the garden. Raised the fence.

I use Tbar posts for the pasture that contains my mule and llamas. However, I use the 8ft versions that align with the top of the six foot fence when pounded in. No mule is going to attempt jumping that, especially my old mule.


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