Anonymous asked: what about a wood fence with a line electrical fencing running along it
A sturdy fence with a strand of electrical wire for insurance is a solid option. I stand by the idea that the perfect pasture would have no painful or unpleasant element, purely because we should always seek to prevent pain or discomfort in the horse whenever possible, but it is an unfortunate truth that this isn’t always possible. So I definitely understand people who feel the need for an electrical element to their fencing.
If you’re going to use electrical fencing, using it in conjunction with solid fencing is best. Using electrical tape (as someone mentioned) as opposed to wire is also a good option because it’s highly visible.
The most common accident I have seen in my career so far has been horses rolling/playing alongside a solid fence and getting tangled. I have seen/heard of more horses severely injure themselves this way than any other way. Countless severe cuts and tendon injuries, and one very good mare I knew broke her leg this way and had to be euthanized. Once at work in Iceland, a gelding was playing and showing off next to a fence and managed to get himself suspended by his belly, three legs off the ground, one hind foot touching the ground. Because I was alone with another small woman, we had to call for help and keep the horse calm for close to 20 MINUTES before anyone could come and help us take apart the fence and save the horse. He was unharmed, amazingly, because Icelandic horses are amazing and he didn’t struggle or panic at all. Maybe it’s just coincidence that I’ve encountered so many accidents like this, but the sum of it was enough to scare me away from building fencing without at least an electric line to keep horses away from the wood planks when we built our own place. The paddocks have solid fencing with an electric line, the fields have electric tape (because I’ve known horses who got tangled up in electric wire and that was bad too), and this is the setup I feel safest with for my animals :)
For what it’s worth: In school I was taught that wire-net fencing (it’s not chain link but that’s the only way I can think to describe it at the moment) with a visible top board is some of the safest you can use for a horse. They can’t get limbs through the holes and therefore can’t get limbs caught in them. I guess a horse will always find a way to get hung up in things if given the chance if they roll close enough to it. I live in Lexington, KY so there are four board fences everywhere and I am forever hearing horror stories of young horses getting hung up or even impaled on boards.