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    10-31-2012, 11:56 AM
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Foal
Cost effective is always good. And a little extra for a Hotwire beats a new fence any day in my book. Thanks Dreamcatcher. Side note question.. Is 2 acres enough grazing for 2 horses? My plan is to let them in the pasture during the spring and summer to graze and keep them in the smaller fence around the barn with a hay bale and feed in the winter.
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    10-31-2012, 11:56 AM
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    10-31-2012, 11:58 AM
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Side note question.. Is 2 acres enough grazing for 2 horses? My plan is to let them in the pasture during the spring and summer to graze and keep them in the smaller fence around the barn with a hay bale and feed in the winter.
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2 acres should be plenty for them the graze and run around in but probably not enough to feed them 100%. For that it's recommended to have a minimum of 2 acres/horse if you're not supplementing their feed.
     
    10-31-2012, 11:59 AM
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Thanks! This will be more than enough!
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    10-31-2012, 12:04 PM
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2 acres should be plenty for them the graze and run around in but probably not enough to feed them 100%. For that it's recommended to have a minimum of 2 acres/horse if you're not supplementing their feed.
Ok thanks. You have been a great help. I have what I need to get things off the ground now.
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    11-01-2012, 03:56 AM
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Yearling
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.
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    11-01-2012, 08:25 AM
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I have barbed wire as my perimeter fence and hot wire as cross fencing. My cows need the barbed wire to stay in and I've never had a problem with the horses and the barbed wire. My colt and baby bull seem to have teamed up as they are always licking each other!
     
    11-01-2012, 02:37 PM
  #18
Weanling
Just build a high tensil fence like you would for the cows.

No offense but I don't know why people love barbed wire.

T posts or wooden posts pounded into the ground, insulators, wire, a solar fencer, some daisy tensioners and you have a fence that won't cut anyone, and the cows and horses will both respect

Our horses are in 2 strands of hot, the cows get 1 strand of hot wire
     
    11-01-2012, 02:58 PM
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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.
     
    11-01-2012, 03:24 PM
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Yearling
99% of people around here have barb wire for their horses to pasture in. I have seen more damage with smooth wire and page wire then barb wire. As long as your horses have roughage then they won't chew wood. I do agree with electric fencing, you could always put an electric tape on your barb wire fence if your worried. And yes you can get battery powered, electric and solar. Cattle will also respect electric fencing, once they figure out what it is, same as horses. For smaller pens and corrals I recommend wood planks, rails or metal panels.
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