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  • Cows on one side of the fence and horses on the other
  • Horse fences

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    10-31-2012, 10:19 AM
Separating horses and cows

Let me start by saying that I am new to horses and everything they are about. I grew up on a farm and we had cows and chickens and a few pigs but never horses so when my wife said she wanted horses I said sure because I always wanted one but while I was a kid the answer was always no. I have talked with my grandma and she agreed to let me have the small barn on our family land. It needs a little work but is still in good shape. It has two stalls a nice sized storage room for feed and tack and another area off to the side I could use for grooming. The only thing is that there are still cows on the property. About 15 head. Growing up with cows my first instict was to just throw up some barbed wire but I saw a guy on another forum get reamed for mentioning it so I know that is a huge no no. So I was thinking about T posts and horse wire from lowes and wooden posts between and at the corners but my concern is that the cows will destroy my fence. I have time to work on my fence because I'm not getting our horses until January. All the stuff I have read has me scared to death of fences! My barn has a fence around it that I have to redo also but it will be inside my larger fence. Any help you guys can give will be greatly appreciated!
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    10-31-2012, 10:23 AM
I forgot. I'm also thinking of putting a 2x4 across the top of the fence as a cap to protect against the wire edge. Thanks for your help!
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    10-31-2012, 10:30 AM
Run hot wire around the top and middle of the fence on both sides. It will keep the cows off the horse fence and keep the horses from chewing on the top rail.

This is similar to how mine is done, but I have hot wire around the top and the middle to keep the horses off the fencing. I have several who would eat the wood and one mare will literally lift her hoof and step in the middle of the mesh to try to pull it down so she can eat the grass on the other side, if I don't keep it hot wired.

So, I'd run hot wire on both sides since you have cows and they're notorious for not respecting fences.
    10-31-2012, 10:37 AM
Thanks Dreamcatcher!
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    10-31-2012, 10:37 AM
Green Broke
Yeah -you need the hotwire or they will just tear it down.
Dreamcatch -you can come and put fence up at my place anytime. Nice job!
    10-31-2012, 10:46 AM
Thanks Fly, that's not my fence but it's very similar.
    10-31-2012, 10:49 AM
So Hotwire is a necessity? No electricity near the barn. Are there battery powered systems?
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    10-31-2012, 10:50 AM
Green Broke
I don't know about battery, but there are solar systems.
    10-31-2012, 10:51 AM
Originally Posted by BerryBeezy    
So Hotwire is a necessity? No electricity near the barn. Are there battery powered systems?
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I couldn't stand it if I didn't have hotwire. The horses would destroy my fencing in a week or less if I just let them have at it. They make very good solar chargers for the hotwire, I have 3 because I have my property separated into different paddocks. They last a long time and are very cost effective.
    10-31-2012, 10:51 AM
Ok that's works. Thanks Fly!
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