Horses Don’t See Electric Fences – Fact or Myth?

I don’t recall exactly how many times I have heard that “Horses just don’t see electric fences” or “they run through them and get hurt.”  I wouldn’t necessarily say that it never happens; it does, it will and it can. Horses have probably run through all types of fences, but not necessarily because they didn’t see it.

Horse Fence with Black PasturePro Posts

The PasturePro post is a very safe fence post for horses. The flexibility and ability to not produce any sharp shards greatly reduces the chances of them hurting themselves like they can on a metal t-post.

Personally, as a horse owner myself, I have always felt that horses see better than we humans do. As an animal of prey they have an advanced scope of vision, developed for the detection of predators. They can see nearly 360 degrees and they easily pick up the blind spot, to the rear, with a slight turn of the head.

Additionally, probably more injuries to our equine friends come from fence posts as often as from the actual fence itself.  I over-heard a veterinarian once comment that treatment as a result of injury with steel fence posts bought him a new diesel truck every three years.

The PasturePro post is a very safe fence post for horses. The flexibility and ability to not produce any sharp shards greatly reduces the chances of them hurting themselves (check out The Bale Test video to see this flexibility in action).

Editors Note: This post was corrected on April 25, 2011. The original version contained an inaccurate quote from Dr. Evelyn Hanggi. The quote has been removed.

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About Gary Duncan

Gary has been active in the fence business for over 15 years. He also raises Highland cattle in a management intensive grazing system and was the first person to market the PasturePro post back in 2005. He enjoys discussing all things grazing and is the main contributor to the blog.
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