OverviewFencing is one of the leading causes of injury to horses turned out.
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Barbed wire should never be used for containing horses. While every style of fence has dangers, barbed wire will slice straight through the thin skin of a horse.
My expression to remember is this: “Barbed wire and horses? I pity the horse. Barbed wire and cattle? I pity the wire.” The difference in hide is tremendous and horses don’t stand a chance when the wire is barbed.
I have also seen smooth wire saw through part of a leg when a warmblood pawed over the top of a wire and then pulled back. The wire cut the flexor tendons, the fetlock joint capsule, a sesamoid bone and notched the cannon bone. Wire is evil around horses. Yet it remains popular because it can be electrified.
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