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post #11 of 16 Old 05-09-2010, 11:29 PM
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Lol my horse is exactly the same way. When he bowed a tendon he wasn't taking any missteps at all. So we were just lucky to notice the tiny bit of swelling and call the vet or else we would've had a whole lot more time off!

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post #12 of 16 Old 05-11-2010, 12:20 AM
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Wow, I've never seen your horse's all shed out. He is BEAUTIFUL! So sleek and shiny and gorgeous. You're lucky. =]

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post #13 of 16 Old 05-11-2010, 03:54 AM
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As you know, barbed wire is a big no no with horses. I have a little bit left on our place, and I'm ripping it out every chance I get and replacing it with electro tape.

One thing you could do would be to tighten it up. Loose wire like that is a menace. You can also put a hot wire on the inside on the extended insulators to keep the horses out of it.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-11-2010, 08:56 AM
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Sometimes you aren't the one making the choices and you have to deal with what's there. My parent's have a SINGLE strand of barb wire for the pasture fence. They haven't had any incidences in 13+ years. You can't imagine the amount of convincing I've had to do to agree to let me change it to electric.

Bottom line, it's their property and I can't just do whatever I want with it. Britt is in a similar situation.

The scary thing is I've watched each of my horses actually itch themselves ON the fence. *shudder*
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-11-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, I've never seen your horse's all shed out. He is BEAUTIFUL! So sleek and shiny and gorgeous. You're lucky. =]
Really? Hm...

This year my horses have shed out to look more reddish than brown... I love it, they're so... bright. And, for the first time since Dakota was born, they've got DAPPLES! (Gypsie had dapples the year Dakota was born, but she hasn't dappled since then, and I adore dapples...)

And yeah, I know the barbed wire isn't a good fencing but it's not my right to change it and I don't want a huge family fight started over it, so I don't mess with it. I have tightened it in a lot of placees, though, and I have fixed it when it starts to fall down so it's not as dangerous.

I know from experience just how dangerous it is, too, because I've been tangled up in it and hurt before. I don't like it, but I can't do anything about it.

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-11-2010, 09:27 PM
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All my parameter fencing is Barbed wire. It's what is used when you have a large acreage around here. Cattle country. My horses scratch on it and also stick their heads thru in places and eat(greener over there, ya know). Personally I would never use Electric for parameter fence. I doubt it's even legal. I know too many people with horses who run thru it. No thanks. Paddock fencing is totally a different matter. Small areas need to be wood or pipe or I suppose electric might do in some areas, if you like it.

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