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post #11 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 10:28 PM
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For visibility you can also take an old bed sheet and cut or tear it into strips. We use high tensile wire on metal t posts with insulators and electric. Our fence BITES.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 07:03 PM
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I think barbless is safer than high tensile, at least the thin stuff. It cuts like a razor when it's tight and is prone to winding around legs when it's not tight.

My horse just cut himself on high tensile for the second time. The fence is electric... he just ignores the current and goes right through. This time the cut is right down to the bone. There goes my summer riding plans. :(
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I think barbless is safer than high tensile, at least the thin stuff. It cuts like a razor when it's tight and is prone to winding around legs when it's not tight.

My horse just cut himself on high tensile for the second time. The fence is electric... he just ignores the current and goes right through. This time the cut is right down to the bone. There goes my summer riding plans. :(
That is NOT high tensile you are referring to, that is wire for electric fencing, the stuff I use doesn't not cut and a tree can & has fell on it and it doesn't break, you can not even cut it with wire cutters you need fencing pliers. Heavy gauge high tensile is impossible to break, doesn't cut skin, hide, etc and is very, very safe. Again, I have not used barbless wire, so I can't comment.

ETA, if I have time tomorrow, I will take pics of both kinds & show you the difference.
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I agree with wares, as kids we had an old flat fendered Willys jeep that we were allowed to drive. One afternoon after school we parked on the hill in front of the house and my brother left it out of gear. It went rolling down the hill into the fence(high tensile) at at pretty good clip. The wire never broke it ripped all the slack out from the adjusters and it was saved it from going over the bank. Pretty amazing stuff!
We never had a horse cut from it. The electric wire, yes, I had a horse get hung up in it and came close to crippling him.

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post #15 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 09:03 PM
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That thin electric fencing wire is way different, it is not for stretching, bouncing off of, or anything like that, it's only supposed to be single strand. It's purpose is to carry an electrical current, just the like poly electric tape, except I think the wire snaps easier but holds a bigger zap.
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