It is not illegal to put barbed wire in a field with horses but it is not recommended. If a horse rubs up against a barbed wire fence they could scratch themselves and possibly get scared from it or rip their rugs, their manes and tails also easily get caught on the barbs and rip out quite large chunks of hair. I have also heard of a horse getting its shoe caught on barbed wire, ripping half its hoof off and having to be put down.
If barbed wire is the only option you have for fencing then it will have to do, but if there is anything else thats safer such as plain wire or timber, use that to be on the safe side and ensure the best for your horse/s.
If the field is small than no, but if the field is large and has good grazing, water, and possibly hay (depending on were you live, what temp, and how much the horses weigh) than its fine. If a horse pokes itself on the fence it won’t go near it again AND because of the barbs its easier for the horses to see. If he had a plain wire and the horse spooked and galloped at the fence than it might not see it and cut itself up pretty bad, but the horse is able to see the barbs and knows to stop. The Barb wire also makes it less likely that the horse will try to escape which could prevent the horse being hit by a car, or an animal or person coming in and trying to harm the horse. Would you rather the horse have a few scratches than get hit by a car or something?
And for the people who are going to say that A) a horse wouldn’t get out of their field- it happens all the time, horses see something they want and they jump or B) an animal wouldn’t come and hurt a horse- again it happens all the time we have coyotes that sometimes stalk the horses at my barn sometimes and have you ever heard of rabies?? or C) what person would harm a horse- horse theft and people coming and harming others horses isn’t that rare.
Yes, you can put up barbed wire, there is nothing that says that you can’t legally. But as a general rule of thumb you don’t with horses, because horses are very curious, and the grass on the other side of the fence is always greener than what they have. They are going to rub up against it resulting in cuts and scrapes, and sometime really bad cuts requiring a vet. I won’t put a horse in barbed wire anymore because I’ve seen too many accidents happen to horses kept in it. But don’t think that slick wire is any better, it can and will cut up a horse just as badly as barbed wire will.
Ok well it depends if your horses are as stupid as these people seem to think they are. Think about it: A horse rubs against something and it hurts, are they going to continue to do it? OR A horse rubs against something smooth that doesn’t cause any discomfort, they continue to push against it and give it no respect. We have had horses on barbed wire for over 14 years and have had no problems. I had 2 horses at my coaches stable in a pasture with high tensile wire and we had 2 wire injuries in 3 months, caused by a lack of respect for the fencing. The benefit of barbed wire is that HORSES RESPECT IT! What most people don’t realize is that if barbed was to break, it doesn’t coil half as badly as high tensile wire. Most times when high tensile (smooth) wire breaks, it will wrap right around your horses leg, therefore spook it, and when the horse moves the wire digs right into the horses leg, tearing flesh, muscle, tendons etc. When barbed wire breaks, because it is a twisted wire, it hardly coils, and chances are your horse would not have been leaning on it, etc. Barbed wire is not a bad thing for fields.
Nooooooooooooooo! You need proper post and rail or electric fencing, barb wire will do nothing put injure your horse and rip your rugs to shreds! I have seen some horrific injuries horses have got from barb wire and only the other week a friends horse got it’s leg caught in some old barb wire and if she wasn’t their it would have gone straight through it’s tendon (at least!). Barb wire is not an option, sorry.
It’s not a good idea at all. Horses can get tangled and cut in fences like that, causing some really nasty injuries, infections and puncture wounds. Also, when horses get stuck, they generally panic. Imagine a horse trying to fight it’s way out of barbed wire.
Many fields contain horses with barb wire, but it is just asking for trouble.
depending on what state you live in there are laws to protect property and in agriculture there are laws to protect fields that produce a viable product from invasion that can lead to crop damage.this is called “fencing out”so if you dont want something entering your cropland or pasture you put up a fence.a barb wire fence is the least expensive way of fencing large acreage and has been used in the west since the 1800s for not only cattle but horses and sheep and is a widely accepted form of agricultural fencing.horses on large acreage learn respect for the barbs and learn to live with it without injury.in a personal note the horse in my avatar named chance ran thru a four wire barbed fence at full gallop and only had some scratches from the barbs,however when he was younger the previous owners had a wood fence that he ran thru and he needed 158 stitches in his shoulder to repair the injury and the scars are still there 6 years later..i also have my horses with my cattle in pasture and my bull is blind(from a previous owners abuse) and he uses the barb wire fence to find his way around the pasture(he uses his horns to touch the fence)and has learned the differances between the pasture fence posts (the further out away from the barn the posts go from 10 feet apart to 20 feet apart)so he can find his way to the barn ..
When I was fourteen my dad bought me my first and favorite horse Shiloh. We didn’t have any horse knowledge all I knew is that I had dreamed of her all my life and I was in heaven. We had just moved to the country and my dad (a wonderful man) not knowing any better (of course I have to give him the credit of this being 35 years ago) fenced my pasture with barbed wire. My mare was very young (you know how they are) and as inexperienced as me. She was always getting in trouble one way or another and one day she freaked out when I was out of town and she was alone (I won’t go into it) anyway she went through 3 fences. Thank God she wasn’t hurt badly. Needless to say we changed all our fencing, no more barbed wire here. There are other inexpensive alternatives. But not much you can do as barb wire is not illegal. Hope he has better luck than I did.
You can, but you’re asking for trouble. The horses will run through it and hurt themselves. It’s not very sturdy. It’s ugly. Horses will break it down after a while of sticking their heads through it trying to get at the grass on the other side. I hate barbed wire, though I have it on my property. The only reason people really use it is because it’s cheap.
I’ve (temporarily) had ponies on a cattle farm, where the only available fencing was barbed wire. No, it’s not ideal, but my ponies didn’t do any damage while they were there… because the were grazing high quality grass.
A horse is no more likely to lean on barbed wire than any other type of fencing (except electric!) – but obviously if they do lean on it or pace up and down it they’re far more likely to get injured. So basically, the field needs to be tempting enough to hold their attention! My instructor (55yrs+ experience) maintains that barbed wire is more safe than plain wire, because horses can see it better and are less likely to charge into it.