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Today during work, i was cleaning stalls when the neighbor ran over and asked for my help. I was thinking that she needed help catching a horse. Well the people who live behind my barn also have horses, the fence diving our pastures from theirs is a tinsel wire fence that is electrified. They have an elderly morgan mare that is nasty when she gets in heat. In our pasture that is separated there is a mule who was teasing her threw the fence. Well, she tried to kick him threw the fence...this was the end result.





As you can see she was leaning her entire weight on the wires, at one point her other back leg was off the ground completely. As you can see, her other back leg is pretty bad aswell. She that leg threw the fence just last sunday! We also came to find out she did it last year too. So apparently this is a problem for her. When we got down to her she was dripping with sweat, we figured she had to of been there for a while. She was shaking and about to lay down. She would not put weight on her other leg, if she would of we probably could have gotten her out alot easier. Eventually we got the owner down there he loosened up the fence wires. Now i think he should have cut them but he refused. She sat down, as we tried to get the wires out from around her leg she shot up and started bucking and freaking out. all the while the owner is trying to cut the wire (FINALLY!) once he did the damage was already done. WARNING VERY GRAPHIC


Im sure if he would have cut them at first alot of that could have been saved from happening. Her rump was also all kinds of sliced up considering she was practically sitting on the fence. As we were walking her to the barn the owner looked at me and said "Iv had tinsel wire for 20 years and this has never happened" All it takes it one time,

I know lots of you have wire fencing, i do too. But im not so sure about it anymore, what are you thoughts?
 

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I HATE wire fencing. This is exactly why. To me it's just a bad idea. Unfortunately, it's what my entire property is fenced in, the same 5 line high tensile fence just like in that picture. I'm saving up and hoping to replace it, but it wont be in the budget to do so until next spring. My gelding Claymore got his foot through, similar to your pictures, the first day he was here. Thankfully I saw him do it and got him out straight away, with no damage to him at all, but it's still scary. I had two lines of my fence electrified just a few weeks ago to make sure they stay away from it, because Claymore is bad for leaning his head through it to graze, and I live on a fairly busy road. I'm still wanting to replace it all with a rail fence as soon as I can afford it. I HATE wires.
 

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I haven't had any problems with regular electric wire on tposts but high tensile I have seen so many bad accidents. A breeder I know uses it and while she was gone the person she left in charge decided to wean one of the babies. A once perfect baby who could have one halter at any show was all cut up. Eventually she got most of the scars healed but then the baby got hurt in that fence again. I wont use it if it doesn't break or come unhooked, etc.
 

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Yeah the vet came out right away and she got stitches, on her leg and on her rump hopefully she will heal up and stop trying to kick horses threw the fence, either that or the owner replaces the fencing. But i kinda doubt he will
 

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I went to a farm one morning to look at a horse for sale. The farm manager did not look happy to see me show up, and explained it had been a bad morning. He said not to go back to the barn unless I had a strong stomach. When the vet arrived, I went back to see what had happened.

A prized paint stallion had rolled under the wire fence, and had a rear leg stuck. They don't know how many hours he had been there. The manager got him out by cutting the wire. The horse's leg was cut to the bone over most of the front and side of the cannon bone. The horse was never going to have use of the leg again, and was euthanized.

Wire fencing was designed for cattle. If you have it on your property (I did), remove all but three wires; the lowest one at least 15" to 18" off of the ground. Electrify at least the top and bottom wires, if not all three. Get rid of it as soon as the budget allows. If you can't afford new fencing, consider removing the wire, and replacing it with electrified braided rope.
 

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But..if wire fencing is bad, then what are we meant to fence them in with? There is no way in the world anyone would be able to afford to fence 100 acres with just wood. The injuries of that mare is bad, yes but I have never had a problem with it. Hope she heels up well. :)
 

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But..if wire fencing is bad, then what are we meant to fence them in with? There is no way in the world anyone would be able to afford to fence 100 acres with just wood. The injuries of that mare is bad, yes but I have never had a problem with it. Hope she heels up well. :)
Electrify at least 1 strand, maybe?
Make sure it's tall......
Hope for the best and don't get to attached
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poor mare! =( ...we have welded wire for our guys, it helps to keep the goats in too! lol
 

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EPM, even the electric braided rope can be dangerous. Spike sustained injuries similar to the mare pictured from braided rope electric fencing. Mind you , he probably would have severed his leg if it were wire. At least the rope was attached to the posts with break away plastic loops, because he tore it off of 8 posts trying to get free..
 

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What yall are calling tinsle wire we call strait wire...I hate the stuff. The main issue is that horses dont respect it. Also if that fence is hot (electric) and that amre doesnt respect it then its to low a voltage. Crank it up let her get zapped once and i doubt there would be an issue.
 

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Another good idea is to teach horses to give to pressure on their legs, and even hobble training would be helpful. Teach them that if there something wrapped around their leg the best thing to do is stand still and relax. It won't prevent every injury, but it will help.
 

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What yall are calling tinsle wire we call strait wire...I hate the stuff. The main issue is that horses dont respect it. Also if that fence is hot (electric) and that amre doesnt respect it then its to low a voltage. Crank it up let her get zapped once and i doubt there would be an issue.
Problem is the damage (getting caught in the fence) was already done before she got zapped the act of trying to kick the other horse threw the fence was already achieved. The electric WAS on and it was very high, i touched it myself and got a pretty good zap. Poor thing. She isnt learning from the shock apparently if she has done it 2 times already.
 

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does the fence pulse or is it constantly hot? If its pulsing that means she may be able to kick through without getting zapped. if its solidly hot she will be less likely to take her chances.

Also what do you mean by a pretty good zap? I got popped by my fence and it hurt like crap but ours is fairly low voltage...if you want to teach her a good lesson crank it so that you wouldnt even think of touching it. Thats what a friend had to do with her studs. Turns out once they learned their lesson they only needed one strand between them.

Your other option if this doesnt even work is to get different fenceing. thats about it. But like i said...I hate strait wire...horses dont respect it and thus get themselves in trouble cause it slices them up.
 

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Oh, that is horrible! Poor, poor mare. I hope she will be ok! My horse is in wire fence - sadly barbed wire. I have no control over that though, as the landowner is letting me keep her there totally for free and I'm sure he won't replace his fencing for one horse! Also she is an older mare (18) and has been in barbed wire fencing all her life. I'm hoping she is sensible enough to stay away from it! It also is a large field so she doesn't hang around by the fences too much.
 

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I remember years ago, I was at my Uncles APHA farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.

I remember being in the Mare's n Foal's pasture petting babies, when I saw a girl riding her horse, approaching the fence line. The fence line was barbed wire fencing.

Anyways - when she and her horse got close, all the Mare's were interested in the horse she was riding and wanted to say hello - so they all raced up tot he fence line to do so.

The girl thought it was cool I suppose, to watch them race around, so she started to canter her horse, which in turn - the Mare's and Babies followed.

This one baby got stuck between the Mothers and the fence line, and just as the girl on her horse turned around to race back to where they came from to have the horses run along side of her - the babies neck got sliced open, just to the jugular.

I didn't know this right away, until after the girl left - so I had no thought to worry at that point. Until....I saw it. The cut was on the left side of the baby, from the middle of the neck, strait down to his shoulder.

I immediately raced to get him and when he saw it, he flipped. He put the Mother and the Colt away, and the vet got out there quite quickly as I recall - unfortunately, there was not alot that the vet could do, because the cut was so wide and so deep.

I remember I took alot of pictures so that my Uncle could take the girl to court for damage. It was ugly.

Surprisingly enough, he survived! He ended up becoming a great Reining Mount.

Since that day, my Uncle got rid of all the wiring and changed it to wood fencing with a strand of electrical wire on the inside.

I learnt a lesson that day too, and I've never used wire for fencing ever.
 

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Sooo many alternatives to wire fencing. I'm pretty sure you want your horse's health to come before anything else? If it gets injured in the fence, then the vet bills will add up? Think about it some.. :p
 

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The ONLY place I have wire is in addition to my split rail, the wire is an electric shock thing. We've replaced it with tape, which does absolutely nothing to them so my mini keeps escaping, and we're going back to using wire in addition to split rail, but never just wire.
 
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