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    12-01-2012, 08:10 PM
Barb Wire Fencing ??

ugh i'm posting alot and I'm kinda ashamed but oh well. Anyways. Next summer or the summer after that, my horse is coimg to live with us so I have a VERY important question...

Right now the fencing at the place we're moving into has barb wire fencing. I'm almost 100% sure you should never use barb wire fencing. Sooo which fencign should we use. Electric or wood?? Also my current BO has fencing that kind of looks like barb wire but IDK if it is or not. Is there any type of fencing that looks like barb wire but isn't??
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    12-01-2012, 08:13 PM
How big is the area the horse is staying? Is it really brushy? Because depending on how big of area and the terrain it is really hard to say.
    12-01-2012, 08:19 PM
The area is big enough for a few herd of horses to graze. It is bushy, but we're taking it all down and it isn't hard terrain it is basically a regualr sized feild.
    12-01-2012, 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by Horselover3418    
The area is big enough for a few herd of horses to graze. It is bushy, but we're taking it all down and it isn't hard terrain it is basically a regualr sized feild.
If it is a big field I wouldn't recommend electric because if weed touches it it will ground out the whole field. I would do wood fence and then a strand of the electric string on top (can't think of the name not the tape or the wire lol).

We have 3 large pastures that are all barb wire and don't have issues but the horses respect the fence and we live in REALLY don't want someones 50+ hooky range cows breaking through fences or on our property.
    12-01-2012, 09:08 PM
I use barbed wire fence in my pastures. I couldn't afford to fence them with anything else. The corrals are post and rail though because of the smaller area involved.

The pasture fences are three strands of wire on wooden posts. This also perimeter fencing on some of our property so I wouldn't want to go with anything less substantial (ie electric). I think the big things with the successful use of barbed wire are to not have the bottom strand too close to the ground (to lessen the chances of a leg getting caught); have the top strand as high as possible off the ground (to lessen the chances of a horse breaking a wire from leaning into it to graze on the other side - as you know the grass is always greener on the other side); to keep the wires taught; and do frequent safety and repair checks.
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    12-01-2012, 09:26 PM
I use woven field fence with a single strand of electric along the top. My horse will get out of just about anything else.
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    12-01-2012, 09:37 PM
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Big enough for a few "herd" or few "head" of horses? A "regular sized field" is not very informative. I have no problem fencing up 10 acres with electric. With a proper fencer and properly constructed fence you don't have to worry about a few weeds. Heavens, I've had whole trees come down on my fence and it still worked. Only time I have trouble with it is if I forget to close a gate, or a wild animal runs through it (bears usually).

As was mentioned, you also have to consider other animals that may damage the fence.
    12-01-2012, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
Just to spread the issue about barb....

My horse was on 70 acres fenced in with barb wire. All was well until he decided 'oh I can jump that!' The barb was kinda over grown in the brush but he jumped it. It cut him pretty good on his chest which THANKFULLY didnt need vet care but after that I moved my horses.

The only reason I brought him there was because I was promised it was to be taken down. It never was and after that close call I took my horses and bounced!

I am reminded of it ever summer when he sheds out be ause he has scars and I am totally ashamed of myself for it even though it wasnt technically my fault.

Use wood if anything.
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    12-01-2012, 10:28 PM
I wouldnt have barbed wire on my place period even with huge feilds and lots of land. Barbed wire just isnt a safe fence for horses. We use woven wire with electric fence on top. Corrals are fenced with two strands of electric wire horses stay the heck away from it. The woven wire is in the pasture that's right near a buzy highway. My hot wire never shorts out I have a weed chopper fencer shocks through wet weeds and brush.

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