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post #1 of 40 Old 12-08-2011, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Barbed wire ?

So I'm sure this topic has been brought up more then a handful of times but do you or WOULD you have barbed wire to fence off areas in the pasture?

Honestly for me I wouldn't put it up because i know a horses skin is alot thinner then a cows...There is wire along the wood line at Moose's new barn and I'm kinda concerned if he'll try to tangle with it. Although there is wire at the barn he was at and he didt mess with it. Although I'm not sure if it's barbed wire but I know it's some sort of wire.

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Guess I need 6 letters to qualify for a reply.

No. No.
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post #3 of 40 Old 12-08-2011, 01:41 PM
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One of the reasons my horse is at my friend's place instead of mine is that my property was used to run cattle before I bought it and it has field fencing topped with a strand of barbed wire. I wouldn't even consider bringing my horse home until the barbed wire was removed and replaced with either electric or wood boards and 45 acres is fenced..... going to cost me a fortune, not to mention the hassle.
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post #4 of 40 Old 12-08-2011, 01:41 PM
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My perimeter fence is barbed wire, because of the cows. The cross fence is barbed wire; however, I'm in the process of changing that to an electric tape. I don't like the barbed wire, but it's the only thing that will keep my cows in my pasture and visit the next door neighbor's bull!
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post #5 of 40 Old 12-08-2011, 03:03 PM
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I would never put barb wire up for horses. But, if an existing fence is there with barb wire you can put hot wire on it to keep horses off. Use the 6" insulators to help limit accidental contact.
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We moved our 20yo+ herd in 1999 from a place that had thin electric fence wire on top of wood fencing. It's probably the only thing worse than barbed wire bc the owner was eratic about the power to it, and one time I came out to find my 30yo horse with fencing wire wrapped around his back pastern!!!=0
We had 4/5 acres in old, properly put up cattle fencing with 2 strands of barbed wire on top. My old herd never got hurt on it. I imagine very young horses might have hurt themselves on it, so I do NOT recommend putting up brand new cattle fencing to enclose your pastures. Now that I've had the new fencing for a few years I STILL find pieces of rusty barbed wire. **sigh**
Where I used to keep my horses was the location of the family dump at one time. I spent all 14 years picking up garbage, putting in my pockets and throwing away in the garbage can I kept out there. I developed an eye for little pieces of glass and pottery. Fortunately there hasn't been much on my new place, which was a farmily farm some 100 years ago.
Personally, IMHO, I really like wood on the top of any fencing. =D
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post #7 of 40 Old 12-08-2011, 03:33 PM
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Lacey's pasture has a strand of barbed wire around the top of the perimeter fence (wooden fence with sheep fencing).
For any other horse or if Lacey lived with other horses, I'm strictly against barbed wire. However, since she stays away from the fence and she's not very active on her own, I'm ok with it for now.
Also, the stuff in Lacey's pasture seems like pretty dull wire since I got myself tangled in it once and I didn't get scratched at all...
In your case though, I wouldn't risk it if at all possible.
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post #8 of 40 Old 12-08-2011, 04:07 PM
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Barbed wire belongs in WW 1 trenches.

It rips a horse's legs to pieces and causes scars which last for a lifetime.

Never Nope, not never.

Mind you, wire of any sort is dangerous to horses. Use proper wooden fencing - or electric tape.
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post #9 of 40 Old 12-09-2011, 12:19 AM
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NO! I would never use it or board my horse anywhere that did....because things like THIS:

OR WORSE can and do happen!

Our then 5 yr. old OTTB ripped this lovely gash in his neck on a fence that was wood, topped with barbed wire.

SOME horses MAY do ok with barbed wire, but I wouldn't reccomend it for young OTTBs!
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post #10 of 40 Old 12-09-2011, 12:48 AM
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Search barbed wire horse injuries on google images. NASTY stuff, some stripped to bone!

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