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Re: RC: Barbed wire fencing

Hi Kerry
I had always used no climb fencing for my horses and suddenly we were on
our way to New Cuyama. My horses had 120 acres of wonderful grassy
pasture to eat; however, there was barbed wire on two sides. I put
electric fence along one end and there was a wooden fence along the
street side but we simply could not redo all the other fences-- so my
dilemma--- do I cage them up feeding them alfalfa/forage or let them
roam? My vet said that as long as there was a huge area, there would not
be a problem. There never was a problem. I took each around individually
when I first put them out and walked the line and let their noses touch
the wire. They avoided it like the plague.
Actually, I have had FAR more problems with hog wire (or utility
wire/farm fencing) which I have had to redo with hot-wire than barbed
wire. I would just avoid any small areas with it or smaller areas with
too many horses. We all would like ideal world's for our horses but....
Bette, who has had bombproof places for her horses who have STILL
managed to figure out a way to get injured!

Kerry Redente wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm from the northeast where barbed wire fencing is not used for horses.  I'm considering moving with my 2 horses to Cheyenne, Wyoming and I know that this type of fencing is primarily used.  I know, dumb Yankee here, but how do you introduce a horse to this type of fencing without them getting injured?
> If you're wondering why I'm asking, my first experience with barbed wire and one of my horse wasn't a good one and it has me a little nervous.  I was trailering out to WY last summer and had a stop-over in western Nebraska and the place we stayed at had barbed wire fencing.  To make a long story short, my mare accidently ran into it and had to stay at a nearby vet clinic for 2 weeks.  She fully recovered and will probably respect the fence next time but my other horse loves to lean on fences and push out boards.
> Thank you!
> Kerry
> West Suffield, CT
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Bette Lamore
Whispering Oaks Arabians, Home of 16.2hh TLA Halynov	
(Yes, really 16.2!)

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