Dan would agree on the starvation bit, although he is currently exceptionally fat, though he is probably down to a BCS of 8 from a 9 in the summer if he gets back into regular escapes again I am doing to build a mini fort-knox in the corner of the field, I just don't want to as it defeats the object of having a companion pony and won't be much of a life for him. He was still where I left him this morning so hopefully yesterday was just a mistake after the fence had been off the day beforeI've had a right laugh reading all of these escape plans of Dan's, my pony is exactly the same she's a wee sh!te. Levi would stand behind one strand of tape and it would be fine, since she's arrived my god, I've use tape, rope and wire as a last resort as the tape she just ran at. Doesn't help matters she can jump 4ft too .
We've had to run two lines of elec fencing to keep her in, I would muzzle her but I get anguish from other sources which can't be ignored , she's broken 5 posts in the last week, and she's dying of hunger apparently, but she's managed to get out and stuff herself to the point where she's quite overweight now
I don't know what I'm going to do to keep her in.
That's a 0.28 joule one, my smaller one (that Dan only occasionally respects) is 0.6j, the one on the outer fence is 1.2j so really packs a punch! My old mains one at the other yard was 5j....quite possibly why Jess and hank never try fences at allI got a new energiser for my Charlie set up, and under the influence of my German livery neighbour I bought this from Voss farming (sent directly from Germany): https://www.electric-fence.co.uk/9v-voss-farming-energiser-extra-power-9v-solar-incl-battery-fence-tester.html
I have strimmed under the fence line and put it up carefully (very unlike me) and OMG it has a kick like a mule, even when it's cloudy. It got me on the hand the other day and I swear I could still feel it 2 days later. The boys are noticeably respectful of every fence, even those that aren't currently energised. Perhaps they both work on a "better safe than sorry" principle (I know Mattie does). Perhaps Dan works on a "nothing ventured, nothing gained" principle. That would be typical pony!
This is my spare/mobile set up, so only has a small solar panel but yes even my main one with a panel 5x the size normally has a couple of weeks mid winter where it can't get enough juice, it's currently dropping about 18v in the day though so that one is holding up fine.Yes we find in winter the with the solar you have to top the batteries up occasionally. Theres not quite enough sunlight.