When I bought nico he had a nasty leg injury from just smooth fence wire, id hate to see what barbed wire would do. I use electric fence tape right now until I can get woven wire. Sometimes its good to put up a piece of wide fence tape so they have a visual barrier as well. Posted via Mobile Device
Electric tape does fine in the winter. Our barn has it all over the property and this is central MN. Electric tape is the same thing as hotwire just in a wider format and safer than just a hot smooth wire. And I would never turn it off. I watch my mare test the fence all the time, it's her hobby.
I'm pretty sure she's just ocd with white things. She tries to touch her nose on everything white, unfortunately the tape is also white. Although she tries to touch it more while I am on her....
They can see it much better, especially when they get running through the pasture. Doesn't cause the rope burns or wire cuts either. And if they do run through it, it mostly just comes down and they get out of it easier. We had a horse run through the part that wasn't hot.