Should I move?
I just got my first horse and I like the place I'm boarding at currently, but the pasture fencing is barbed wire. I'm going to go look at a new place today that's only a tiny bit farther away and is the same price but doesn't have any barbed wired.
I've only been boarding at this place for three weeks, so would it be too stressful on my horse to move in such a short time?
Probably not, but why are you concerned about the barb wire fencing? Where I'm from (Iowa/Missouri areas), that's all we use. We had horses with barb wire fencing for 20 years, and as long as you take the time to introduce them properly (with corral panels separating them, and not barb wire), they're usually just fine. If the fence is sagging, or hasn't been taken care of, it's a problem. If it's nice and taut, then it should be okay.
See-then you have folks like me who would never have a horse in barb wire. Never have and never will. Horses can injure themselves easily enough without giving them such "tools" to help them along.
I would move. I am not a barbed wire fan. I have taken care of horses shredded by the stuff.
No it should not be to stressful. put some hay in the feeder and they are usually pretty happy.
If it's a concern to you it's already a good enough reason to go, and I say go for it if it's what you want. Your horse won't mind.
My pastures are barb wire, for what it's worth. Things to look for when barb wire is used: If the pasture is large, if there are not too many horses in it, if the fences are well maintained (eg kept tight) and if the wire distribution is appropriate for horses (eg generally horses only need three strands at the most and the bottom wire should not be close to the ground). Should the fencing fall short in any of these areas, then you may wish to give immediate thought to moving on. Other than that, if you want to make the move to another place, go for it your horse will handle it (remember to check on how the new place handles quarantine and integration of new horses).
I'm someone who would never board their horse in a place that had barbed wire, so yes, I would move or would never have come in the first place.
You like the place except for the fencing. As others have posted, if it is good fencing and appropriate room for the number of horses there, it's not a problem. Why not post a picture of a typical part of the fence and we'll let you know what we think of it?
From what I've seen on this forum, there are lots of people that have problems at barns, so if you are happy where you are, I wouldn't move.
As for the horse - he'll get over it.
I find that if the horses get along, barbwire is not a bad thing. If you have some horses that don't get quite along, that's when you run into problems. the dominant horse(s), might cause some fights or push other horses into the fence etc.
If you have the opportunity to move somewhere else, I would look at taking that new boarding facility on. We were able to move from a brand new property that had 90% wood fencing and a tiny bit of barbwire, but we still moved our horses because the other 2 horses that were in with them were very good with our two. Our mare is VERY dominant and pushy and is extremely protective of our colt. We always rather pay for them to get their own paddock, than to pay less and have a heard of horses together with ours. I had to share in a previous facility and hated it. I like my own space and not mix with other horses.
The barbed wire fencing is tight and there's 30 horses over 70 acres. The fencing by the hay and the barn is wood, so the barbed wire is a bit farther out.
I never did get out to the new place I wanted to look at, but I'll hopefully get there tomorrow. I worry about the barbed wire because my horse gets bossed around by everyone(even gets bullied by ponies) and I don't want him to get chased into it. The new boarding place is all electric fencing and it's the same price as the place I'm currently at.
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