After blogging about “How much does “CAMEO” fencing cost?” I got to thinking about ” How much can it cost not to install “CAMEO” fencing?”
First came to mind those that think a barb wire fence is the answer to all farm fencing. Well, I went looking for pictures of horses injured on barb wire. Thought I could add them to this blog. But I’ll let you do your own web search. Do you agree? The pictures are so horrific as to turn ones stomach. My heart aches for these dear horses.
As a society we have become so safety conscious. Would you drive off without buckling up? Bring your new baby home without a car seat? Do you let your children ride their bike or horse without a helmet? And the list goes on…….
My husband shakes his head and asks ” WHY are people still using a product developed in the 1800’s designed to cause pain?”
We know barb wire has killed, maimed and scarred too many horses and livestock. It does not have to be. There are aternatives. Is cost the driving force? Consider the death of your horse and/or the the vet bills! Not to mention your time spent doctoring and the agony.
A product I’ll lump in here with barb wire is bare HT (high tensile) wire. This was brought to my attention when first selling “CAMEO” fencing. HT wire can be as or more deadly than barb wire. I have told this story over and over. As I said I would. I received a call from a distraught horse owner thinking I was selling HT wire. She gave me a dressing down and explained she had come home to find her horse decapitated in her HT fence. I was horrified. I quickly explained that was not what we were selling. I assured her I would share her story to educate unsuspecting owners of how lethal bare HT wire fence is for your horse. In the hopes of savng other horses from injury or similiar fate.
So how is “CAMEO” fencing different from either barb wire or HT wire.
1. “CAMEO” fencing is not a metal wire product. There is no wire in “CAMEO” fencing. It is a nylon base polymer monofilament designed specifically for horse fencing. What is a monofilament? A single extrusion of material.
2. “CAMEO” fencing is white in color. This gives your horses the site line they need. Horses are a flight animal. To give them any chance to avoid a fence they need to see it.
3. It maybe difficult to comprehend in a small sample of “CAMEO” line but the line has flexibility and memory. Think elastic band.
4. The flexibility (approx. 20%) allows the fence to give if your horse should run into it. They bounce from it. If they inadvertantly get a leg into it – the line will give and roll off as they pull back.
5. Like the elastic band if stretched beyond the point of flexibility a line will break. That is what we want to happen. The line can be easily joined back together with a link or gripple.
6. The flexibility of the line also eliminates the cheese cutter effect your horse will experience from especially bare HT wire. HT wire fencing that was designed for cattle and sheep fencing. Installations are most often electrified. These animals work a fence differently. They come to the fence with the intent to keep going. The zap sends them back.
These are just a few thoughts on how the right fence for your horse can save you big time.
Start with a fence that was designed with the well being of your horse in mind.