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    12-11-2010, 02:00 AM
  #21
Green Broke
Haha, I feel ya. I am blatantly opinionated though... Some times I come across as mean no matter how nice I try to be...
     
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    12-11-2010, 02:43 AM
  #22
Yearling
I personally like barbed wire better than just smooth wire. At least with barbed wire if a horse ever rubs up against it they will most likely think "Ow, that hurts." Then, hopefully, they will learn that the wire will bite back. Smooth wire on the other hand, they can rub up against it and nothing will happen.

Barbed wire definitely isn't my favorite. But, horses can hurt themselves in the strangest way. I knew a horse who was extremely hard to catch and was running around his paddock. Well, there was a bolt (about 1 inch in diameter) sticking out directly parallel to the fence and wasn't very far off of the fence (it was holding the gate in place). No one though a horse could possibly get hurt on that so it was just left alone (These fences were probably the nicest wooden fences I have ever seen). The horse somehow managed to run into that bolt and impale himself in the chest.

My mom ended up shoving her hand into his chest and squeezing the artery that had been his shut. He wasn't even our horse, she was just the barn manager. Luckily, it healed up so there wasn't even a scar. But, it just goes to show that horses can hurt themselves on even the nicest fencing.
     
    12-11-2010, 03:31 AM
  #23
Trained
A friends horse fell over backward in the middle of the paddock and broke his wither. Another friends horse was playing with another over a wooden yard, fell over the fence and smashed it's hip, having to be put down.

If a horse is going to get hurt, it is going to get hurt no matter how safe we try and make it.

I prefer my horses to respect fences, they have always been in either barb or hot wire so they do.

Barb rips and tears but it generally doesn't slice or de glove legs.
     
    12-11-2010, 12:22 PM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Arksly    
I personally like barbed wire better than just smooth wire. At least with barbed wire if a horse ever rubs up against it they will most likely think "Ow, that hurts." Then, hopefully, they will learn that the wire will bite back. Smooth wire on the other hand, they can rub up against it and nothing will happen.

Barbed wire definitely isn't my favorite. But, horses can hurt themselves in the strangest way. I knew a horse who was extremely hard to catch and was running around his paddock. Well, there was a bolt (about 1 inch in diameter) sticking out directly parallel to the fence and wasn't very far off of the fence (it was holding the gate in place). No one though a horse could possibly get hurt on that so it was just left alone (These fences were probably the nicest wooden fences I have ever seen). The horse somehow managed to run into that bolt and impale himself in the chest.

My mom ended up shoving her hand into his chest and squeezing the artery that had been his shut. He wasn't even our horse, she was just the barn manager. Luckily, it healed up so there wasn't even a scar. But, it just goes to show that horses can hurt themselves on even the nicest fencing.

That's actually a lie thin wire can do the same amount of danger, I had my horse at a friends for a week and he would put his neck over the fence and he sliced up his chest. The cuts werent deep but they took awhile to heal. The thicker the wire the better. And also the same place my instructors tb got his legs all tangled in that same fence :/ wasnt good
     
    12-11-2010, 02:09 PM
  #25
Yearling
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
Thats actually a lie thin wire can do the same amount of danger, I had my horse at a friends for a week and he would put his neck over the fence and he sliced up his chest. The cuts werent deep but they took awhile to heal. The thicker the wire the better. And also the same place my instructors tb got his legs all tangled in that same fence :/ wasnt good

I didn't really mean it that way. I was trying to say that they won't respect the smooth wire as much because it does nothing when they rub up against it. So, they won't be as careful around it. Barbed wire, on the other hand, will poke them if they rub up against it, it may even give the horse a few cuts, but IMO that's better than getting the flesh stripped off of one of the horses legs. Unfortunately, I've seen the damage smooth wire has done and it is terrible. Idealy, if I were to have Jesse in a pasture with barbed wire, I would put a strand of electric fence on the top as well.
     
    12-11-2010, 08:57 PM
  #26
Super Moderator
I would really prefer that my thread not turn into a debate about whether or not barbed wire is ok.
I know the dangers and that's basically why I posted this thread. My second sentence of this ENTIRE thread is:
"So, I know that barbed wire is a huge no no and I've seen the damage it can do to horses, so no need to convince me of anything."

I don't care if you just said "I personally wouldn't do it". That's just peachy, and that's the kind of opinions I wanted when I posted this thread 3 month AGO. However, it's now three months later and the issue is non-existent anymore and there is absolutely no reason to turn this into a barbed wire user-bashing thread. Everyone on this thread who uses barbed wire has stated that they understand the risks and they are willing to take them, so let's all just please drop this thread and let it die.

Also, if you had read my first post, you would have seen that it's the third strand down from the top, tightly backed by chicken wire and there really isn't anyway for her to get somehow stuck on it unless she tried really really hard. And, she doesn't have any horsey pasture mates that might push her into it.

And, for the record, the other day I accidentally ran my coat against it pretty hard and while my coat caught a little bit, it didn't tear or rip at all. Therefore, I'm not too worried about her just walking into it. And since she is smarter than to go running full into it, I think we'll be fine.

I just don't appreciate the assumption by some on this thread that I'm a dumb incompetent since I'm using a string of barbed wire. I know the risks, like I stated, I've seen what it can do, like I stated, and that's the entire reason why this thread was created: to weigh the risks. So, if you want to go over the risks of barbed wire, please start a new thread and help people who legitimately do not know that barbed wire is bad.

And I'm really sorry if this seems overly harsh, I'm just sick of people who jump on others without really reading the posts before theirs.

And I very much appreciate everyone who posted in a friendly, non condescending manner, no matter what your opinion was.
     

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