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post #1 of 19 Old 12-29-2014, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Bad fencing...

Ok so I have moved into my new house/property and just noticed (very observive me) that the fencing I don't think is really suitable for any kind of horse. It starts off with about less than a metre of chicken wire then goes to one single line of barbed wire, then one single line of plain wire. Neighbors all have the same fencing and their horses look absolutely fine, even the previous owners to this property owned horses and one of them lived to 31, she states. It does, however, have sturdy wooden fencing at the front and through the middle where it divides the paddock in half. That is my type of fencing. So should I knock the whole fencing down, except the wooden of course, and just start building a new one? It is going to be expensive and a lot of work, but if it's worth it, I am happy to do it.
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If the fencing is straight and no posts are knocked over and it doesn't look a hundred years old, then it would be a good temporary. Normally people wouldn't put barbed wire for a horse pasture - but that is all we had for quite a while and it worked just fine.
If you have the money to comfortably fix the fence to a newer type - do it. But if you don't, then I wouldn't worry too much.
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Everyone has a different opinion on fences and what they are/aren't comfortable using. Personally, I would not turn my horse out in the fence you described even temporarily. I would tear the wire fence down and replace it with electric tape until I could afford to replace with something more permanent.
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post #4 of 19 Old 12-29-2014, 06:45 PM
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I have kept my horses at times in fencing that I thought was not that great but when I had to do this I would put an electric wire on the inside of the old fence and that kept them away from the original fence. I never had a problem doing that. Not perfect I admit but the electric wire did the job. If your fence is one that shares a fence line with other properties that have horses, I would definitely put up an electric wire on the inside to keep my horses away from the fence and fighting or striking at other horses on the other side of the fence.
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My current horses are great with fences so while what the OP describes is no ideal I wouldn't have a problems with my horses being in that pasture. I would fix it as time and $ allows.
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Hi Pony!

I would go around and replace the strand of barbed wire with smooth wire as a priority. This will give you a chance to take a good look at the rest of the fence line, and make any necessary repairs while you're at it.
Upgrade to one of those 'spensive horse fences when you win the lottery or something

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I would not use barbed wire. IF you can get T post and Field fence start with that.
I just had to add some wood post for extra support as my horses lean on the field fence to scratch their chest and rumps . we have used wood, they eat it, T post and field fence with hot wire and smooth wire , We have had horses go through the hot wires, the field fence and the smooth wire which did cut them up pretty good.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. I was just wondering if it would work if we could put the black poly tube stuff over the barbed wire? Just found out that the wooden fencing costs $160 every 3m, and imagine that around 2 acres.. Or other than the plastic tube, what is another good idea? Thanks all. Also I can wrap a scratcher board around a tree if you should be worried about rubbing against the chicken wire?
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I'd think the barbed wire would go through the tubing honestly, but I don't know exactly what type of tubing you're referring to anyways.

If the posts that the barbed wire, regular wire and chicken wire are attached to, I would rip that out and put up something like hot tape/ polytape, or even one of the rope products, like these:
Poly-tape:Field Guardian 1.5 Inch Polytape -
Or the rope like this:
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IF there is something dangerous, according to Murphy's Law, your horse will find it, get hurt and You will have a new Vet bill.
I've been through wooden fencing and electric fencing (where I rented a paddock/shelter) and when I moved to my current property, I used an old well built but falling apart cattle fencing with two stands of barbed wire on top.
If you have old, sedentary horses they might do ok for awhile with this. If not, I would look into replacing as much as possible in phases. First, remove the barbed wire and replace it with something like this:
Field Guardian 1.5 Inch Polytape -
This is very affordable and with a plug in, even though this one says it's only rated for dogs, it still will charge for a temporary fix:
Red Snap'r 10 Acre AC Low Impedance Fence Charger -
Go shopping online for another more powerful.
Then, you need to assess what you currently have. How many wooden posts do you have and how many do you need?
You can create a budget and make this work.
CAUTION: When you take out the barbed wire be VERY CAREFUL! You can get cut easily, and it can spring into your face, so:
1) buy/wear long "welder's gloves"
2) buy/wear plastic safety glasses
3) buy/use a new pair of wire cutters. I recommend a fencing tool:
Fence Pliers -
(I have a pair and I used them to do fence repair before the property was refenced professionally.)
4) wear leather boots
When you cut barbed wire sections, carefully fold them up several times. Keep your plastic grain bags bc they are excellent for stuffing with old wire, like this and disposing and they don't break easily.
Finally, a very good solution is to keep the electric on top and buy a 100 ft. roll of cattle or horse fencing to stretch out on the outside of your fencing.
I just grabbed THIS link, so you might want to shop around:
Red Brand 11 Gauge Wire Field Fence (Height: 39") at Blain's Farm & Fleet
My 5 acres, which are divided into 7 different sections, cost about $21,000 in 2008.
What I have posted above will run YOU about $600.00 and maybe less.
Hope this helps. Been there...

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