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    04-07-2010, 05:06 PM
Green Broke
Unhappy The dangers of wire fencing. VERY GRAPHIC PICS

Today during work, I was cleaning stalls when the neighbor ran over and asked for my help. I was thinking that she needed help catching a horse. Well the people who live behind my barn also have horses, the fence diving our pastures from theirs is a tinsel wire fence that is electrified. They have an elderly morgan mare that is nasty when she gets in heat. In our pasture that is separated there is a mule who was teasing her threw the fence. Well, she tried to kick him threw the fence...this was the end result.

As you can see she was leaning her entire weight on the wires, at one point her other back leg was off the ground completely. As you can see, her other back leg is pretty bad aswell. She that leg threw the fence just last sunday! We also came to find out she did it last year too. So apparently this is a problem for her. When we got down to her she was dripping with sweat, we figured she had to of been there for a while. She was shaking and about to lay down. She would not put weight on her other leg, if she would of we probably could have gotten her out alot easier. Eventually we got the owner down there he loosened up the fence wires. Now I think he should have cut them but he refused. She sat down, as we tried to get the wires out from around her leg she shot up and started bucking and freaking out. All the while the owner is trying to cut the wire (FINALLY!) once he did the damage was already done. WARNING VERY GRAPHIC

Im sure if he would have cut them at first alot of that could have been saved from happening. Her rump was also all kinds of sliced up considering she was practically sitting on the fence. As we were walking her to the barn the owner looked at me and said "Iv had tinsel wire for 20 years and this has never happened" All it takes it one time,

I know lots of you have wire fencing, I do too. But im not so sure about it anymore, what are you thoughts?
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    04-07-2010, 05:26 PM
Green Broke
I HATE wire fencing. This is exactly why. To me it's just a bad idea. Unfortunately, it's what my entire property is fenced in, the same 5 line high tensile fence just like in that picture. I'm saving up and hoping to replace it, but it wont be in the budget to do so until next spring. My gelding Claymore got his foot through, similar to your pictures, the first day he was here. Thankfully I saw him do it and got him out straight away, with no damage to him at all, but it's still scary. I had two lines of my fence electrified just a few weeks ago to make sure they stay away from it, because Claymore is bad for leaning his head through it to graze, and I live on a fairly busy road. I'm still wanting to replace it all with a rail fence as soon as I can afford it. I HATE wires.
    04-07-2010, 05:33 PM
We have wire, but its not like that wire. Its looks like this:
I hate barbed wire,though.
Is the mare ok?
    04-07-2010, 05:37 PM
I haven't had any problems with regular electric wire on tposts but high tensile I have seen so many bad accidents. A breeder I know uses it and while she was gone the person she left in charge decided to wean one of the babies. A once perfect baby who could have one halter at any show was all cut up. Eventually she got most of the scars healed but then the baby got hurt in that fence again. I wont use it if it doesn't break or come unhooked, etc.
    04-07-2010, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
Yeah the vet came out right away and she got stitches, on her leg and on her rump hopefully she will heal up and stop trying to kick horses threw the fence, either that or the owner replaces the fencing. But I kinda doubt he will
    04-07-2010, 05:42 PM
I went to a farm one morning to look at a horse for sale. The farm manager did not look happy to see me show up, and explained it had been a bad morning. He said not to go back to the barn unless I had a strong stomach. When the vet arrived, I went back to see what had happened.

A prized paint stallion had rolled under the wire fence, and had a rear leg stuck. They don't know how many hours he had been there. The manager got him out by cutting the wire. The horse's leg was cut to the bone over most of the front and side of the cannon bone. The horse was never going to have use of the leg again, and was euthanized.

Wire fencing was designed for cattle. If you have it on your property (I did), remove all but three wires; the lowest one at least 15" to 18" off of the ground. Electrify at least the top and bottom wires, if not all three. Get rid of it as soon as the budget allows. If you can't afford new fencing, consider removing the wire, and replacing it with electrified braided rope.
    04-07-2010, 06:00 PM
But..if wire fencing is bad, then what are we meant to fence them in with? There is no way in the world anyone would be able to afford to fence 100 acres with just wood. The injuries of that mare is bad, yes but I have never had a problem with it. Hope she heels up well. :)
    04-07-2010, 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by CrazyChester    
But..if wire fencing is bad, then what are we meant to fence them in with? There is no way in the world anyone would be able to afford to fence 100 acres with just wood. The injuries of that mare is bad, yes but I have never had a problem with it. Hope she heels up well. :)
Electrify at least 1 strand, maybe?
Make sure it's tall......
Hope for the best and don't get to attached
    04-07-2010, 06:09 PM
Originally Posted by thunderhooves    
Electrify at least 1 strand, maybe?
Or maybe instead of having 6 rows, have 3?
    04-07-2010, 06:09 PM
Green Broke
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