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post #1 of 12 Old 10-04-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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My 6 yo qh mare keeps coming back from the pasture with scratches on her sides and legs I assume they are from the barbed wire fence. I know space is not a problem because I have 4 horses and a 20+ acre pasture. Why is she getting these scratches and how to I make her stop!
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-04-2012, 07:03 PM
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Hook up an electric fence. She'll stop touching the fence if it's got power to it. Mine sure did.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-04-2012, 07:59 PM
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Get rid of the barb wire or add a strand of hot wire around the field.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 12:47 PM
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Electrify that fence.

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 01:05 PM
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The grass is always greener on the other side ;)

I would recomend scrapping the barbed wire and investing in either hot tape or a hot wire- they won't mess with it if its hot!

Running electric through the existing fence is not as easy as it sounds- if the barbed wire is wrapped around posts or touching anything, it will just ground it out. It would be better in the long run to replace it, as barbed wire can cause so many injuries!

If you keep it electric for a few weeks, you may be able to get away with turning it off after that, at least for a while.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 07:32 PM
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One of these days, your horse is going to come out of the pasture with a nasty cut, you already have seen the warnings. For a horse that respects a barbwire fence and stays away from it, I would not worry that much but yours does not, I would say it is not a matter of "if" but more of a matter of "when". In all the decades I have owned horses, when one comes in with a slight scrap, I find the source & remove or replace it. Probably the reason I have never had a horse injure themselves in a pasture or paddock.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 10:19 PM
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Ok first, You should never have barbed wire fence with horses. IF they get spooked, and run through that ( your horse apparently doesn't respect the barbed wire) then they could end up with injury's so bad, they could die, now im not saying that will happen, but it has before. What is more important? Not taking the time to get rid of the barbed wire...or your horses safety.
I would recommend a single strand of electric tape. I have one strand ( and three strands of wire that are not electric ) and I had the electric on low...and my pony got zapped a couple times ( she got out ALLLLLL the time) and after a couple weeks, I could even turn off the electric. Horses are smart and they figure things out pretty quick:)

But seriously. Get rid of that Barbed wire. Or at least put up electric. Now im sure there are reasonable explanations as to why you have it... but your horses safety is is concerned.....
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I would say put a line of electric. Like 1- feet out.. all the way around.. for a while. She will repect it then

SOME PEOPLE can't just up and replace the fence. I know I can't.. I have cows as well.. some people can't afford it either..
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 10:28 PM
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Believe me, I understand. I know what you mean by not being able to afford it, That is why I suggest electric fence. That is what I had to do...

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I would say put a line of electric. Like 1- feet out.. all the way around.. for a while. She will repect it then

SOME PEOPLE can't just up and replace the fence. I know I can't.. I have cows as well.. some people can't afford it either..
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Definitely don't electrify the barbed wire, if the horse got hooked up and was getting shocked at the same time it would be a disaster. As others have said I would run a hot tape just out from the fence to keep her off the barbed wire. Fencing is so expensive I know but your vet bill could be too!
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