Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orleans, Indiana
Fencing and Barn Doors for an Escape Artist
I keep Chili at a friend's barn about 20-30 minutes (depending on weather and road conditions) from my house (in town). The barn is not a show barn and neither is the pasture. I'd chalk it up to a typical older barn and field.
Her horse is an escape artist. He pushes through stall doors & fences (doesn't kick them). This last time, he broke his door frame and the stall door. We're fixing it this weekend and putting Chili in there because her stall is so dark (no electricity).
My friend said her horse has always done this - and the fencing is evidence of such antics.
The fencing is mainly board fencing. There is some wire rope (not sure which tbh or it could be a mix of each) but it's mostly boards. I'm not afraid of her horse busting out so much as I am about Chili busting out! I don't know if she'll take off or stick around the barn/house. We're going out there this weekend to work on the barn itself and my friend is supposed to work on the fence. While I don't want to tell her what to do, I would like some suggestions on how to keep her horse from breaking down the fence - which will present a danger to my own horse.
The upside AND down to this situation is my friend is providing this to me for free. NO strings attached. Just help out when they need it. (We've volunteered but she's declined each time already, including fixing the fence). She mentioned using barb wire (one strand) which I made sure to let her know I wasn't comfortable with - but she assured me one strand wasn't going to cause the damage I thought it would cause. :deep breath: I hope like hell not!!!!!
ANY suggestions would be appreciated. Please, don't start with finding another place for Chili. While free may not be the best option for other people, it is the ONLY option for me right now.
"Not evil, dear. Wicked." - Once Upon A Time.