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    04-19-2008, 06:15 PM
Green Broke
At my barn I board at theres just a few strands of barbed wire left, she has yet taken it down but all 8 yrs I've been there not one horse has gotten hurt. But I wouldnt use it if I had the choice
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    04-20-2008, 04:30 PM
Barb wire is not the most ideal fencing BUT in the years I used I never had an injured horse, not once. Horses arent stupid and respect this kind of fencing. The problem is the kind of horses you put in that kind of fencing.
    04-20-2008, 04:33 PM
Green Broke
I agree
    04-21-2008, 08:43 AM
Maybe I'm just pushing my luck but we've never had an injury from the barbs either. I have had horses get tangled in that electric tape fencing and refuse to use it. I think its far more dangerous than barbed wire. A horse can get injured in just about any type of fence. I've had then get a leg caught in pipe rail fence. The horse was rolling on the ground and got her legs tangled up in the pipe and couldnt figure out how to get out and stand up. You try to look at every possible scenario for injuries and think you have them all spotted, then something happens and its like darn I missed one Manure happens!
    04-21-2008, 10:09 AM
We don't get a choice of fencing here...This is first and foremost a 7000 acre cattle ranch! We have barbed wire fence everywhere. All the cross fencing is barbed and there are only a couple places that have 4x4 woven wire fencing. We also have cattle guards beside all the gates so that the trucks can get in and out of here without opening 10 gates. To the best of our knowledge our horses have never been at a place without barbed wire. The horses ( 2 qh's that are anything but hot) respect the fences as their boundries and we have (knock on wood)not had any injuries due to the wire. I would love to have something else but this is what we get. It would be far too expensive to change all the fences. Not to mention not practical... the maintence would be outrageous. That being said...We also do not have high quality show horses here either...not that that matters, but it does.. Do not hate me for what I wrote it is our opinion... Even with the wire our horses have a far better quality of life than they did before we got them.
    05-26-2008, 05:59 PM
Good thread, I'm just starting to construct turn out paddocks I'm REALLY trying to avoid barbed wire. I don't have a whole lot of choice down here though. I may have to.:(
    05-27-2008, 06:10 AM
Dont forget that there are great places to mail order electric fencing from. Its pretty cheap from some places too.

Better to spend a little more on fencing, then a lot of heartache and vet bills further down the line...
    05-27-2008, 01:18 PM
It IS something I'm looking into. For now I'm concentrating on the paddock and shelters, which is chain link and going to be post and rail with electric to keep the horses IN, and feral dogs OUT. They can live happily in there on hay until I work out the rest.:)
    06-04-2008, 01:25 PM
NO NO NO and did I mention NO?? Bad old barn has a little but that's only for the cows(cutting barn) and old trainer had told me stories about how when she was youg that she would always bring a shotgun with her when horses got loose because you never know what you would find with barbed wire. One time she found one of her fav horses out laying on the ground next to a barbed wire fence and half his chest pulled out.i was disgused.maybe it was ok in the old days but I don NOT reccomend it today!! (i take that back--i don't think it was neccisary in the old days either- but what did ppl know about it back then?)
    11-26-2008, 03:22 AM
They passed a law making illegal to use here.

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