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  • Is it ok for my mare to be in a field of cows and calfs. she keeps escaping to be with them

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    01-16-2014, 03:41 PM
Horse escaping???

I'm hoping this is in the right forum place.
So I've recently had a problem come up with my mare Flicka (she's an arabxsaddlebred and very very smart). The other evening mom called me at work and said when my dad had got home she was standing in our front yard. Dad put her back in and checked all the fences to make sure none were down and they were all fine. Well the next morning around 4:30 am when my mom left for work she was out in the yard again. She checked the fences and everything was fine and she put her back. The next evening we came home and she was in the field. Well last night I came home around 10pm and there she was standing in our yard again. I put her back and shut off the lower pasture since we thought maybe the electric fence down there wasnt working and she was somehow escaping. When I left for work this morning she was out in the yard again. It's only her doing it, the other horses and the cattle stay in the field. I honestly have zero idea how she is getting out unless she is jumping the fence. She doesn't go far, just stays in the yard, but I still don't like her being out. All of the fence is up and it's tall so I know she isn't stepping over the fencing. Any other ideas?? Any ideas how to stop this??? I'm honestly clueless.
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    01-16-2014, 03:44 PM
Set up a hidden camera and report back. Smart horse.
    01-16-2014, 03:45 PM
Originally Posted by frlsgirl    
Set up a hidden camera and report back. Smart horse.
We have a trail camera for deer hunting, so I may just have to do that.
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    01-16-2014, 03:52 PM
What type of fence do you have?

I had one crafty guy who would put his head under the middle wire, then step over the bottom wire and walk through. There was "just" enough give for him to do this.
    01-16-2014, 05:41 PM
Originally Posted by Red Gate Farm    
What type of fence do you have?

I had one crafty guy who would put his head under the middle wire, then step over the bottom wire and walk through. There was "just" enough give for him to do this.
We have a mixture. A tiny spot with barbed wire, but most of it is the square metal link horse/cattle fencing. I'm not sure of the actual name of it. Then we have a lower pasture with electric that we had opened and the electric wasn't on so we thought that maybe she was getting out through that, so we shut the gate to that pasture and she's still getting out.
    01-16-2014, 05:50 PM
Are your gates chained or otherwise secured by something horse proof?
    01-17-2014, 12:28 AM
Green Broke
Too bad you don't have some snow! You could track her. I hope you figure it out.

A polo guy I sometimes work for has a TB gelding who is great at unlatching gates. Last time I house sat for the gentleman I installed "horse lip proof" chains and snaps hidden under PVC elbows that I cut had lengthwise on all his many gates.

He thought it was funny. The horse was quite frustrated.
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    01-17-2014, 09:01 AM
Love to hear the outcome of what you find
    01-17-2014, 09:21 AM
Welcome to the world of the ultra intelligent horse! My Saddlebred/Arab X mare is incredible. She walks up to field fencing and just puts a hoof on it and SMOOSH it's down far enough for her to eat the grass on the other side. She can jump a house and will if she can't smoosh the fence down. The neighbors cows took down our common fence enough that she just walked through the wires, pushed one down and ducked under the top, to join them in their pasture. She steals fencing tools when we're out fencing, which thanks to HER is OFTEN, and tries to "help". When we built our barn she stole the hammer when we were nailing on the decorative trim and tried to help hammer the boards in place.

The only solution to her escaping that works for us is, a powerful fence energizer and the electric braid, strung about 2 feet inside the field fence to keep her AWAY from it. So far she hasn't decided to just extend the width of her jump and gone over it. Eventually, I can see where she would, so we're already trying to plan more secure fencing.

Out of 10 horses, this mare is the smartest, most opinionated, destructive without meaning to be, adventurous, fun, horse we've got. Whenever something is down or broken we go looking for Patti.
    01-17-2014, 12:50 PM
My mare found out she could scramble under the fence. She did this half a dozen times yet everything was up. It was when I walked the fence I discovered unusual marks in the ground going under the fence on both sides. I ran another wire down there and that ended that.

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