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Chicken Wire Stops Fence Chewing
"We tried everything to keep horses from chewing wood fence rails. Nothing worked until we tried this," says Heather Thomas, who puts chicken wire over all exposed wood in corrals.
"Out in the pasture we use electric wire to keep horses away from posts but we don't like to use hot wires in our small corrals. We had tried wood preservatives, used motor oil, and other foul-tasting applications but many of them can be harmful or toxic to horses if they do chew on them," says Thomas.
She says all horses leave wood covered with chicken wire alone. The wire should be stapled at frequent intervals to prevent sharp protrusions that could injure a horse.
Wood preservatives can be brushed on right over the wire.
"It's not very expensive. A roll of chicken wire will cover a lot of fencing. It can be easily cut to size with tin snips. Staples will be expensive since it takes a lot of them to secure the wire."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Heather Thomas, Box 215, Salmon, Idaho 83467 (ph 208 756-2841).

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