Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Basic Fence Safety (Part 2) No barbed wire, Please!

You can still see the chunk of some 
animal this wire took off. 
Like most fences, barbed wire is at it's most dangerous for horses when it is loose. As long as it is tight and combined with either 
  • A very large acreage (100 acres) so there is little chance of the horses contacting the fence
  • Electric stand-offs attached to the barbed wire.

It can be made safe. 

We have a small paddock, and even though we were putting up electric, I did not feel safe leaving the barbed wire on.

I don't want to post any pictures because they can be extremely graphic, but if you're curious google "horse barbed wire injury" and I'm sure you'll be taking it off your paddocks by tonight. 

It is a myth that cattle/other animals can not be contained behind electric fencing and require barbed wire. There can be a problem with "long-haired" animals (sheep/other fibre animals) because their wool insulates them from shock, however you can get a fencer strong enough to get through all that hair. 

Just some of the debris we removed from the front paddock

Loose fences of any material can be just as dangerous as barbed wire. It is very important to maintain your fences & keep them nice and tight. This helps with keeping other animals in as well.

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