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post #1 of 3 Old 01-07-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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help with Houdini

So at the begining of December i obtained a cute little 4yr old 13h pony to put some milage on. Well this lad is breaking my heart anyhwhere i put him he gets out. So far he has gotten out of
- His stable he can open all the doors no matter what and he recently broke the clear galvanise sheeting to get out.
-HE eats through or barges through the hedges
-He walks through a 9500 volt electric fence like it doesnt even exist (this is used to keep the bulls in place and he wanders through it)
_ Elcetric fence double wrapped around the hedge
-barb wire
-stud railing
- and a mix of electric fence and wire stranding.

I have literally given up with this pony i would barely even be out of the field when he walks through/climbs under/climbs over/pushes through/jumps whatever fence is in his way.

YEt no matter what field i out him in he just wants to be on the other side of the fence he has no real bonding with the other horses so its not trying to find his buddie. He literally walks through and then just grazes on the far side.

Has anyone ever experienced a serial fence destryer and how did you stop it?
I am not willing to build new fences as he is only here untill the start of the summer i just want to stop him wrecking the current ones

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-07-2011, 09:54 AM
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I have noticed that ponies in particular suffer from "the grass is greener" syndrome. We use the same temporary fence for 18 ponies (literal ponies, not 14hh ponies, little evil brat ponies), and our two horses. The horses look at the line and say "well, that's disappointing." And go about their business. The ponies see that line and say "Whatever is over there has GOT to be better than what I have over here!" and they do whatever it take to get there.

So I'll be watching this post closely because I'm sick of chasing those dang ponies all over creation!
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-07-2011, 11:30 AM
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I have a horse that was a master at getting his gate open. He was in a pipe corral, and first we just changed his normal snap to a bull snap, which he still managed to open, so what we did, is make sure that he has a toy or two, since his problem I think was mainly boredom. We then put a bull snap directly on the latch, and then took a heavy duty chain, wrapped it around the gate, and railing, and got one of those twisty carabiners. We just got a cheap little thing, because by the time he was done twisting that one off, he was totally bored with trying to get out, but I would look at maybe getting one that locks, like you would use for rock climbing. I'll post a couple pictures so you know what I mean. I put a picture of a locking carabiner, and of the type of gate I had, so you can get a visual in your head. Not sure if it will help you, but at least it may give you some ideas.
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