Why should I choose Flex fencing over traditional wood fencing?
Flex fencing was specifically designed and engineered for the horse and livestock industry. It is a high quality, safer, and stronger alternative to board or traditional fence. It offers your horse a safer environment with much less maintenance for you as well as easier installation.
How many rails should I use?
We want to be sure that your horses are as safe as possible. With horses, an ounce of protection outweighs injury and costly vet bills. A four-rail fence provides the best visible barrier, closer rail spacing, and peace of mind. We also have many ideas for your foals, yearlings, or stallions. We can suggest ideas for “nursery paddocks” featuring combination fencing, and fences to fit your budget without sacrificing the safety of your horse.
How many spoolers do I need?
Our rolls of Flex fencing are available in 660’ or 330’ lengths. Because of the special bonded rail, you will only need one spooler every 660’ on most stretches of fence.
Should I put the rail on the inside or outside of the post?
Placing the rail on the inside of the post is recommended; it will always be stronger this way as the rail is between the animal and post. Aesthetically, rails on the outside of the post may look better. The 1 1/2” stainless steel screws hold the rail tight provided you correctly follow the installation instructions.
Will my horse chew Flex fencing?
Most horses do not like to chew on polymer fencing. It is not palatable to them. If horses abuse the railing we recommend installing a line of electric fencing on the inside or using a crib strap.
I have seen a fence that sags, what causes this?
We recommend that you follow manufacturer's instructions for installation. Any tensioned fence needs to be braced and concreted at corners, ends, or any post out of a straight line. If this step is avoided, sagging can occur. As always, we recommend electric fencing in any high traffic areas.
What is the warranty like?
Our Flex fencing has a 30-year limited manufacturer’s warranty on all manufacturer’s defects. This includes cracking, peeling, chipping, and discolouration due to adverse weather conditions or manufacturer's defects. Abuse to the fence is not covered. We recommend the use of electric fencing in high traffic areas.
Will Flex fence rails break in extreme cold or hot weather conditions?
Flex fencing uses 12.5 gauge high tensile wire to take the impact of animals on the fencing, the fence will give and come back to its original position in both extreme cold and hot conditions. The space-aged polymer coating will withstand extreme hot and cold weather.
How much maintenance is required with this type of fence system?
Flex fence needs to be tightened when it gets loose. Most people find that they need to tighten their Flex fence once a year or once every couple of years depending on the amount of pressure from horses that is applied to the fencing.
Can I install this fence myself or do I need to have a contractor do it for me?
Qualified installers have the equipment, tools, and experience to give you a permanent, professional-looking structure. For every dollar you spend, it will be returned in increased equity by adding value to your property. With any type of fence the posts are the most difficult part of any installation. Posts must be installed straight and to a depth of at least 36”. Corner posts must be driven in the ground or augured and concreted in the ground and braced properly. Once the posts are in, you can follow the installation instructions to have a beautiful, low-maintenance fence.
Why use Flexineb?
Respiratory problems in horses are frequently the cause of poor performance. The most frequently occurring lower respiratory tract disorders are Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO, or "heaves"), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) and Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH, or "bleeding"). Typically, their treatment includes systemic administration of drugs orally or through injections. However, administration via inhalation through horse nebulizer masks is now considered to be a viable alternative for the treatment of respiratory disorders (including breathing, airway or lung problems). Flexineb is an easy-to-use delivery device that produces a very fine mist of aerosolized drug or natural therapy solution, enabling this method of treatment for the horse.
What can I use with Flexineb?
- Antibiotics to treat infections in your horses’ airways.
- Bronchodilators to open up your horses’ airways.
- Corticosteroids to treat inflammation in your horses’ airways.
- Natural products to sooth and condition your horses’ airways.
What drugs can be nebulized with your equine nebulizer device?
- Antibiotics such as Cobactan® and Excenel®
- Bronchodilators such as Atrovent® and Ventolin™
- Corticosteroids such as Pulmocort®, Dexamethasone and Flixotide™
- Mucolytics such as Parvolex® and saline solution
What size masks are available?
There are three Flexineb E2 mask sizes available:
- Foal/Pony Size: will fit sizes from foals/small ponies to yearlings
- Standard Size: will fit 2 year old Thoroughbred to large Warmblood breeds
- Customised Large Size: only available on special request and will fit the largest of horses
What is different about Flexineb versus other equine nebulizers on the market?
The Flexineb® is portable, easy to use, easy to clean and disinfect. It is silent, fast and does not waste medications. The distance between the nebulizer and the horse’s respiratory tract is short. It is also well tolerated by the horse.
What arrives when I receive Flexineb? Are extra parts required before I can use it?
The Flexineb® system contains everything needed to start nebulizing and treating your horse.
Do you supply medications or solutions?
Medications are not supplied with Flexineb® as these must be prescribed by your vet. The system is supplied with a bottle of 0.9% saline solution for immediate use. This helps the user become familiar with how it operates and to introduce your horse to the system before using it with medications.
What is the warranty on the parts?
The following warranty protection applies to system components:
- Mask Assembly (excludes inlet and exit valves): 24 months
- Medication Cup: The medication cup is a consumable part and its life is very dependent on the drugs nebulized and how well it is cleaned and maintained. Therefore the medication cup component is not covered by warranty.
- Controller: 24 months
- Cable: 24 months
- Battery: 6 months
- Power Supply: 24 months
Are spare parts easy to get?
Yes, spare parts can be ordered directly through us. You can order them here.
Do veterinarians use this product?
Yes, Flexineb® was designed with extensive input and support from equine veterinarians in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and the USA.
Can the device nebulize essential oils?
Yes, to nebulize common essential oils like Eucalyptus Oil or Olbas® Oil first fill the medication cup with 0.9% saline solution and then add a few drops of the oils. Please refer to our Drug Table for information on other products we have tested and advice on whether they must be diluted or not. Some natural products can be harsh on plastics and metals so please contact us for advice on products not referred to in our Drug Table. It is very important to wash out the medication cup after nebulizing essential oil solutions to prevent potential damage to the plastics and vibrating mesh materials.
What operating time will I get from a fully charged battery?
Approximately 3 hours depending on the condition of the battery.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
It takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge a discharged battery.
Once I turn on the Flexineb, how long will it run?
The Flexineb® controller is set to run for 18 minutes each time the POWER button is depressed. After this time, if there is still medication to dispense or if you are using the extension cup, you will need to depress the POWER button again to resume nebulizing.
Can I disinfect the product?
- Mask: The mask and its components can be disinfected using the likes of Accel TB or Steri-7™ without having any adverse effect on the materials.
- Nebulizer: We recommend cleaning the nebulizer with clean warm water and dishwashing soap.
Once I turn on the Flexineb, how long will it run?
Wash the mask in clean warm water and dishwashing liquid and rinse off with clean water. For a more thorough cleaning, dismantle the mask components and wash them individually. To clean the nebulizer, put a few drops of dishwashing liquid and clean warm water in the medication cup, close the cap and shake it. Gently squeeze the cap to push warm water through the mesh screen. Rinse out afterwards with clean warm water and shake dry. It is essential that the water is clean, otherwise it may clog the mesh. DO NOT USE WELL WATER.
Why has the nebulizer slowed down during use?
It may be for different reasons, so please check the following: Some drugs are more viscous than others and take longer to nebulize. Check our Drug Table for information on expected delivery time for different drugs. The mesh may be clogged with residues of drug or other contaminants. Wash out the medication cup as described here. Charge the battery and check the LED status as outlined in the User Manual. If the nebulizer does not recover, it may need replacing.
Can I use a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) with the Flexineb
Yes, remove the nebulizer and rotate the clear aerosol chamber to the horizontal position. Insert the supplied Metered Dose Inhaler Adaptor into the top of the aerosol chamber. The MDI can then be inserted and actuated into the aerosol chamber.