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post #1 of 15 Old 06-01-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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high tensile wire vs barbless???

Hi I am putting up fence for a 2 acre summer pasture for my horse. We get lot's of snow there so I'll be putting up wire. I just don't know what kind of wire to use. We have a spool of High tensile wire sitting around but I was wondering if barbless wire was safer or not? We will have a few strands of polywire/electric tape between the wire strands for visibility and to keep my horse off the fence. My horse respects wire fences and has grown up with them. He looks at the wire as if it's going to kill him.
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Id use the hightensle just because the barbless wire tends to sag and the ht wire will stay tight and nice- its pretty visable too. That's all we use for our horse fencing- you can also insulate it and put a hot box to it.
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I have never used barbless wire, but my pasture is fenced with heavy gauge high tensile. We have massive trees fall on it and it doesn't break, just chainsaw the tree off and tighten up the fence. We installed roller tighteners every span of 300 to 400 feet. You do have to have sturdy braced corner posts however.
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Ok GREAT! I guess I don't have to go look for barbless then because we have a large spool of High Tensile. I just have to get some more posts and polytape, put it up and connect it to my existing "charger". Thanks again!
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Put flagging tape on the fence- it is cheap and makes it visible, although it doesn't look the best. You can get it in pretty colors though! I have... -cough cough-... 70+ rolls here from my dad (ex-forester).
Blue Flagging Tape S-6089BLU - Uline
High tensile wire tends to blend in into the surroundings a little bit. You can also put up a strand of electric rope if you would rather.

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Put flagging tape on the fence- it is cheap and makes it visible, although it doesn't look the best. You can get it in pretty colors though! I have... -cough cough-... 70+ rolls here from my dad (ex-forester).
Blue Flagging Tape S-6089BLU - Uline
High tensile wire tends to blend in into the surroundings a little bit. You can also put up a strand of electric rope if you would rather.
That looks like a good idea! It's cheaper than tape and I can electrify the wire instead. What color do horses see the best?
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Whatever contrasts most with the background- white/yellow with trees for example.

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We use hot pink, idk why. It's just always around.

Do know, horses will eat the tape off the fence if its not hot. We have to retape everytime we get a new horse. My gelding apperently thinks eating tape is fun, and it worries me to death. But appearently he's part goat and craps streamers.
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if you want an easy way to tighten the wire:

Hardware :: FenceGard In-Line Daisy Wheel Strainer - Keystone Fence Supplies & Fencing

But those and then the handle, spin it untill the fence is tight and put the pin in on either side of the wire

Also really like the pin-lock insulators so wires are easy to drop in the winter, or to get stuff in/out of the pasture since going around to the gate isnt always the handiest
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^^Yes that is the tighteners I meant, didn't know the proper name, you also have to a tool to stick in the holes to tighten it.
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