Nothing wrong with electric if it is HOT and well maintained. You can put flagging tape on what is there after tightened to make it more visible and put up signs on fencing that is near where non family/friends might pass so they are aware if that is an issue. My preference is tape as well. Have run only that in some pastures for over 30 years now. Once the horse figures out it will bite and bite hard then the typical horse will not mess with or go near the fencing. I have spots I use wire and know those that use the braid. Any of those can work well. Barbed wire is a different story but because there are cattle run alongside the horses we have that too. the horse pretty much have figured out they need to stay off of it as well. I think size of the pasture and personality of the horse/mix of animals determines the best product to use. ETA ours are 5 foot and we have drafts. Fences are kept hot in all but one area but those are off property and the neighbor keeps unplugging the fence. Those two were raised in tape, aren't curious enough to go test the fence and haven't figured out they can hear it or have not put two and two together with the sound so the visual is all they need to keep them in. I couldn't do that with their mother. We run 4 strands. One would do but two of the horses have fence along a county road and the 4 discourages people from crossing the pasture or going in to "play" with the horses as well as keeping other animals (loose horses, emu, neighboring dogs) out. Again the trick is to make sure it is HOT. That means purchasing the right charger for your situation.
Last edited by QtrBel; 05-31-2016 at 08:33 AM.