This information sheet is primarily intended for persons associated with or working with the LRTC Horse Emergency Response Team, however the information may be useful to other groups or private individuals who may wish to similarly equip a support unit or who may need to utilize the resources available from LRTC's Horse Emergency Response Team.
With the proliferation of private livestock and free-roaming horses in the region, intact fencing is critical to keeping these animals where they belong and where they are safe. Unfortunately a handful of off road vehicle operators frequently cut fencing in order to trespass on private property. While most OHV enthusiasts are responsible, a few miscreants continue to cause a great deal of damage.
Several feet of downed fence along the border of BLM land.
Horses and other livestock get into neighborhoods and onto highways due to fence cutting.
Damaged fences can also be injurious to animals.
As part of our assistance agreement with BLM, we make emergency repairs to fences. Therefore our fence repair kit is one of our most frequently used resources.
Restringing a downed section of fence on Stockton Flat
Fence repairs can also be required in a wide area emergency. Authorities or animal owners may request a fence be cut in order to relocate threatened animals. Fences could suffer damage as a result of the emergency. Fences should be at least temporarily repaired as quickly as is feasible so that remaining animals in an area or those that are released back into pastures and grazing areas will be properly contained.
The following inventory is carried in the fence repair kit along with a roll of barbless 2-strand fence wire. (Barbless wire is safer to use for quick, temporary fence repairs.)
- 18 inch bolt cutters
- Fence wire stretcher
- 2 pairs vice grip pliers
- Large flat screwdriver
- Fencing pliers
- Claw hammer
- Fence staples