Originally Posted by AnrewPL
No barbed wire and always an electric fence? I have never seen horses on a cattle station that weren’t in a paddock with barbed wire; though for a horse paddock people tend to generally go for wooden fence-posts rather than steel; but I've seen plenty with steel picket fence posts and barbed wire horse paddocks. As for keeping them in with cattle unless you have maniac cattle or maniac horses there should be no problem. I have a seen a few horses pick out a cow and work it for a bit of fun now and then, but nothing hurting them, or the other way around.
I hate barbed wire and Tposts. If I have to deal with T posts I put plastic caps on them, I've had a couple horses who got impaled before I found out you could cap them. Still not perfect but .... making the best of the situation til you can refence. And I would not put show horses in barbed wire EVER. I guess if you don't care what your remuda horses look like it's ok, but I don't like the scratches and scars that come with it.
I share a fence line with a neighbor who runs cattle, we have the barbed wire on top of mesh fencing for his cows and I marked 15 feet in from that fence and built the Vmesh and wooden fence for my horses. I use the 15 feet between for putting my stall pickings out and spreading them. I only use the hotwire on my fencing because they like to chew the wood and we can't use creosote to treat the wood anymore here in the US, and I have the one mare who always thinks the grass is greener over the fence, so she puts a hoof in the middle of the mesh and tries to drag it down so she can stick her head out. The hot wire on top and in the middle solves both problems and I have a lot less fence maintenance and it's all safe for the horses.