I have my mare in her own pasture on my property. She has a mix of post and rail fences and 6 ft square wire panels all with a single strand of electric wire across the top. The neighbors on each side don't have horses but the neighbors on the far side of them do. Also across the street there is a family with about 20 horses (I'm told up to 40 horses sometimes).
I went out to feed Cinder this morning and there was a sorrel pony with a ginormous belly (looked like a pregnant mare about to drop) with seriously matted mane and tail. I tried to catch it, my neighbor to my left came out to help me and when it ran back across the street to where the big lot of horses are I realized it was a stud.
Apparently the stud gets loose constantly, and has done for over 3 years. They have never been able to catch it. He jumps the fences to out and feed in the farmers corn and soy fields and then jumps the fence to go back and eat when they feed at dinner time. He looks majorly wormy to me (hugely bloated belly scrawny everywhere else) and I went inspecting along my property to make sure he didn't leave any droppings. Not that it would help anyway I guess.
The owner came over and I explained that the stud had been near my mare. I said he needed to fix his fences, if he needed help I'd definitely pitch in. The pony is a hazard to himself, to other horses and traffic (We have big rigs fly down our road all day). He just laughed at me said that his boy was pretty smart and got out of the way of traffic, he just liked to eat, almost foundered last year on the soy crops around us (he sounded almost proud of this!).
Really? You didn't think to fix your fences in all this time? I hadn't planned on keeping my electric fence on full-time but now I'm going to. I'm a little ticked and a little worried about the pony. Did I overreact?