Electric Fencing in the Winter

Written by System Fencing Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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This winter, we are receiving calls from customers telling us that their electric fence is not working.  A perfect example of this is seen in the picture attached where the snow is so high that it is within 6” of the top of the fence post.  There is nothing we can do about Mother Nature and the amount of snow we have received this year, however, we CAN help you get your electric fencing working better for you.  Snow is a natural insulator and an animal that touches an electric fence when they are standing on lots of snow will not feel a shock.  An electric fence is controlled by an electric fence energizer (fencer).  This energizer produces an electric...

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Rubber Horse Stall Mats

Written by System Fencing Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rubber mats often known as Horse stall mats, gym mats or athletic mats are available and always in stock at System Fencing.  The System Fencing stall mat is a generous ¾” thick mat made of Ontario recycled rubber tires.  With a warranty of 15 years these stall mats will withstand many years of use and abuse.  The main use of stall mats was designed to provide comfort and safety for horses in their stalls. The addition of mats to a stall can also help to cut down the bedding cost, and help with cleanliness in the stalls.

Rubber mats can be used in many different areas both inside and outside your barn.   We have Eco-flex rubber flooring, the stable comfort stall system and...

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System Fencing Travels to Ireland

Written by System Fencing Monday, August 19, 2013

System Fencing Travels to Ireland

A delegation of 70 international buyers, vets and key industry influencers from 18 countries were in Dublin with Enterprise Ireland Thursday, 8 August 2013 to meet Irish suppliers to the equine industry.

A delegation of 70 international buyers, vets and key industry influencers from 18 countries are in Dublin with Enterprise Ireland today (Thursday, 8 August 2013) to meet Irish suppliers to the equine industry

The delegation included visitors from Europe, North America, the Middle East, Korea, India, China and South Africa. The focus of their visit was an Equine Innovation Exhibition at Enterprise Ireland’s offices in Dublin featuring veterinary products, medical devices and services, equine nutrition and feed, feeding equipment, riding equipment, clothing and stable equipment from innovative Irish companies in the equine-related sector. System Fencing was fortunate to be invited to this wonderful event and...

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Mud Management

Written by System Fencing Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 

The spring season brings with it many changes to the landscape, the days are longer, the weather warms up, plants start to grow and almost every farm or acreage has to deal with mud.

Mud often forms in high traffic area such as barn entrances, gates and outdoor feeding and watering areas. It is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that can result in thrush and mud fever inhorses. Although you may not be able to eliminate mud entirely, you can significantly reduce the amount on your property with proper maintenance.

One of the first steps to preventing mud from forming is to decrease the amount of organic matter in high traffic areas that are susceptible. Regularly picking up manure and leftover hay from the ground will help to reduce the buildup of mud in those areas.

The next step is to make sure the ground is draining properly so that the water will not pool there. Experts in the field, System Fencing recommend the use of base stabilization tiles that are designed as a grid-like structure, sometimes referred to as a "checker board" system. This tile can be installed in the area that is susceptible to mud to give that area better stabilization. To install the tiles, you should scrape back the soil currently in the area you are working on to create a level base. Once the area is level, the tiles can then be put down to cover the affected area. Once this grid is installed,topsoil, sand and gravel can be added inside and on top of the grid to suit the desired purpose.This helps to prevent the turf or grass from settling and collapsing from underneath itself, whilepromoting filtration.

With planting of vegetation, such as grass, within the grid system the end product is a grass or turf covered footing. The grid system protects the grass roots and reduces storm water runoff, resulting in a very durable grass area. These can be the perfect solution to keep high traffic areas level and dry and keep the grass growing! Some tiles are manufactured from recycled tires, which give each one the durability to withstand high traffic, no matter the weather conditions. They also offer support and a constant level surface allowing optimum drainage and great footing for livestock to stand and walk on.

Well draining areas lessen the chance of mud forming and make high traffic areas much easier to navigate. Keeping mud at a minimum is a great way to make property maintenance easier and safer for yourself and your horses.

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Water Consumption for Horses

Written by Administrator Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The actual daily amount of water that most horses need to consume (at a minimum) to maintain body functions and remain properly hydrated is from a half gallon to a gallon per 100 pounds of body weight. This works out to be a minimum of 5-10 gallons for a 1,000-pound horse that is not presently doing any work and is living in a temperate climate. If you increase the horse’s workload or the environmental temperatures are elevated, then this will increase the demand for water. Lactating mares, horses with diarrhea, and horses with certain medical conditions will also require more water each day.



The horse’s water consumption from the available water source may decrease if the horse is on a lush, green pasture, as those grasses typically contain 60-80% moisture. Likewise, if the horse is maintained in a dry lot and fed a dry matter forage such as hay, which typically has a 12-15% moisture level, the horse’s time spent at the water trough will increase. The type of forage fed will also affect the horse’s water consumption based upon the feed’s protein content. Protein requires water during the digestive process, and as a result, feeds that are higher in protein will require the horse to consume more water. For example, a horse in a dry lot fed alfalfa hay (typically around 21% crude protein) will require more water in its daily diet than the same horse in a dry lot fed grass hay (typically around 9% crude protein).

Studies have also found that a horse’s consumption of water will be greatly affected by the temperature of the water. The consumption of water appears to be best with a temperature range from 45° to 65° F, with more consumption occurring at the warmer temperatures. This can be difficult to manage, especially in natural water sources such as creeks or ponds, when the weather drops below freezing. In fact, when the weather changes suddenly and temperatures drop precipitously, then even with fresh, palatable water available, many horses will reduce their water consumption drastically which can lead to problems such as impaction colic as the ingesta within the intestines loses its ability to progress normally without enough water. One way to combat this is to provide an ounce or two of a loose salt mix on the horse’s daily ration when weather changes are imminent (in addition to an available salt block) to ensure that the horse continues to consume water when the temperature does drop. Overfeeding of salt is not a problem if there is plenty of fresh water available.

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