05-28-2009, 08:53 AM
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Barbed wire has the potential to be very dangerous for horses but as long as they respect it, then it should be okay. That is what I have around my pasture. As for the issue with the cattle guard, I agree with twogeldings. The safest way to remedy that is to fence off the road and the well from the pasture. I have seen a horse fall into a cattle guard and it was the most awful thing I have ever seen so I absolutely hate them. Do you own the property your horse is on? If you do, you may want to talk with someone from management of the company that manages the well and tell them that you have horses and don't want them to have access to the cattle guard. You might be able to get them to fence off the road. We have tons of wells here and some of them are completely separated from the rest of the pasture by fencing. I hope everything works out okay.
The only other option I can think of is they have these mock-gates designed for electric fencing. It is made of 2 fiberglass poles that are not connected in the middle and are attached to springs at the ends so that vehicles can drive through the middle and the poles split on each side of the car then spring back to a straight line. They also have ribbons that hang down to make them more visible and keep animals from going under them. I am not sure but I think they are made by Centaur Fencing.