Kub­ota BX80-Se­ries

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen -

The idea: Th­ese sub- com­pact, four-wheel- drive, diesel trac­tors—the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 (shown), and BX23S—are per­fect for small farms and horse fa­cil­i­ties for all the jobs that are too big for a wheel­bar­row, farm cart, or four-wheeler. How it works: At­tach­ments and im­ple­ments for any job—in­clud­ing mid- mount mower decks for clip­ping pas­tures, op­er­a­tor-friendly front load­ers, front- and rear- mounted snow- blow­ers, and a full line of Land Pride im­ple­ments—af­ford user-friendly ver­sa­til­ity. The new BX23S comes stan­dard with the LA340 Swift-Tach Loader and new BT603 Swift- Con­nect Back­hoe. This makes at­tach­ing the loader or back­hoe im­ple­ments quick and easy. Learn more: Start­ing at $11,789; learn more at kub­ota.com.

The idea: New for 2017, the Toro Work­man GTX is a util­ity ve­hi­cle for horse farms that boasts a com­bi­na­tion of com­fort, util­ity, and con­trol, mak­ing it user-friendly. How it works: “The in­creased power, im­proved steer­ing, and ex­clu­sive sus­pen­sion and brak­ing sys­tems make the Work­man GTX the most ver­sa­tile, prac­ti­cal, and com­fort­able util­ity ve­hi­cle in its class,” says Steve An­der­son, founder of Equine Equip­ment ( learn more about Equine Equip­ment on page 48). Avail­able in gas or elec­tric mod­els, the Work­man GTX fea­tures hun­dreds of con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions, in­clud­ing front and rear at­tach­ments, a flat bed, and a four- seat op­tion. Use it for haul­ing hay, clean­ing stalls, do­ing farm re­pairs, or con­struc­tion. Learn more: Visit toro.com.

The idea: Elec­troBraid is a per­ma­nent elec­tric fence de­signed es­pe­cially for horses. It’s both a phys­i­cal bar­rier and a psy­cho­log­i­cal de­ter­rent for en­clos­ing pas­tures and pad­docks. It’s highly vis­i­ble to horses, strong, durable, and re­silient. How it works: This fenc­ing ma­te­rial looks like high- qual­ity braided yacht­ing rope. A dou­ble helix of cop­per wire con­duc­tors is braided into the outer jacket of the elec­tric fence rope. Three or four strands of “Braid” of ¼-inch di­am­e­ter are mounted on in­su­la­tors on any kind of posts. Horse fence posts can be wood, vinyl, or steel, spaced 30 to 50 feet apart. The Braid comes in white, check­ered, or black. The ropes of Elec­troBraid are highly vis­i­ble and can ab­sorb the en­ergy of a pan­icked horse, typ­i­cally “bounc­ing” the horse back into its pas­ture with no harm to horse or fence. This fenc­ing has a 25-year war­ranty.

Learn more: $174.99 per 1,000-foot reel of elec­tric rope; visit elec­trobraid.com.

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