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post #11 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 03:23 PM
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We use welded wire, but only backed up against wooden fencing, never alone. We pull it extremely taunt and are careful to upkeep it. Otherwise it sags, starts to break, and crumples into a very big mess that can easily hurt a horse. The one time we did use welded wire by itself with capped T-posts, the gelding tried to jump it, got caught, and pretty much hung himself by three legs until I found him a few hours later. He had multiple cuts (non deep, thank goodness) and very sore legs for the next few weeks. It could easily have been much worse, but he was trained to give to pressure and did not struggle.

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post #12 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 03:51 PM
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i would say either high tensil electric, or poly wire. I would not try to contain with just poly wire, but for cordening off a large chunk into smaller sections it's great

From what I can tell it seems barbed wire is more common out west where you might have a 300 acre section with the beefers and the horses turned out, with that amount of land there is a lot less chance of a horse or cow testing the fence.

we have 2 strands of high tensil around our pasture and it hasn't been any problems, we do have a smaller corral on the side of the barn that is split rail maybe a 30x50
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post #13 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 06:46 PM
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In my pastures I have just fiber glass stakes and a single strand of electric wire (portable for rotation)... In the paddock I have 3 strands of electric rope on cedar fence posts...

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post #14 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 09:52 PM
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IMO barbed wire is much better than high tensile wire. I don't know if you've ever seen what happens when HT wire breaks. It goes crazy! Because it's smooth it can wrap around a hoof and when the horse jerks back it can cut the foot off. We had a friend that had a cow that got caught in the HT wire. She almost cut her foot off.
We've had a couple of horses go through HT wire... It's not pretty.
We have always had barber wire. Of course my dream farm would have that white poly (looks like wood) fencing... But for right now, it's barbed wire and the (electrified) HT runs with it, to re-enforce our sorry fences.
What I hate... with a passion... is when people electrify barbed wire! That's just asking for the horse/cow/sheep to get caught, torn, and electrocuted.
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The barbed wire also keeps other large creatures out. On a 300 acre pasture the horses won't even be near the fences unless the pasture becomes overgrazed.
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post #16 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 11:30 PM
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I do have to say, I don't like barb wire for horses but I only know of one horse that was badly damaged due to an actual barb wire fence. Most bad barb wire accidents I know of have come from old wire hanging around in coils on and off of posts.
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-28-2013, 12:43 AM
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FWIW, most of the wire wounds and cuts I've seen (in person) were from loose plain wire wrapped around legs. Not that BW is safer, just trying to say that straight wire/non-hot hotwire can be pretty nasty too.
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post #18 of 22 Old 01-28-2013, 01:21 AM
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properly installed HT wire wont break and wont cut legs off and horses wont run through it.
People either dont know what HT wire is and call all kinds of cheap junk HT , or they dont install it properly with tension springs and with the ability to run free through the line posts, so it stretches a long ways in the event anything runs into it. HT is at least 14 gauge steel single strand comes on spools about two foot in diameter, and you cant cut it with wire cutters, or easily bend it without pliers.
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-28-2013, 01:47 AM
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Heavier gauge high tensile is what use for the large pasture, had to do away with the all the wooden rails as I have forest on both sides of me and trees keep fall over on it in the winter. Got sick & tired of replacing it so the HT works great, but it is the thickest stuff you can buy as some of those trees are massive, we cut dead fall off the fence and use the insert tighteners to taut it up again. Hasn't snapped yet and it's been over 10 years. However for paddocks, I use the nice white rail fencing with a hot wire on top. If you have deer that like to jump in your paddocks, I don't recommend it, I had a deer break my hot wire and it all was on the ground. I come put to feed in the morning & one of my horse's had his back leg caught up in it, fortunately he is a smart nag & didn't struggle, he waited to be freed with not a mark on him. I haven't restrung it back up and no one has been leaning on rails so it's all good. Deer still jump in the paddock to lick the salt.
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post #20 of 22 Old 01-28-2013, 02:03 AM
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yeh trees can fall on a high tension run, you just saw the trees off and it springs back up. people buy that stuff that comes on the hand held size spools they can cut with small wire snippers , that deer can run into and break. That stuff ISNOT HT wire.
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