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post #1 of 8 Old 05-10-2013, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping a miniature in a fence?

Bare with me as I am a little bit irritated right now.

My aunt knows someone who is giving away two miniature horses. She contacted us and told us a few months back. My parents seemed interested but we never acted. My aunt just contacted us again and told us, "When are you coming to get your horses?". I guess we are getting two miniature horses....

Here is where the irritation comes in. I can't keep them with my big horses right now, but hope to in time. So before then we plan to keep them seperate. Well, my dad has this BRILLIANT idea, to keep them in our extended pasture which is only a strand of barbed wire and a strand of electic and seems to think this will keep in these MINIATURE horses because they keep in FULL sized horses. Not to mention keeping out dogs and coyotes? I told him if we must use that, we should put up one or two more strands, and apparently to him that is overkill....

If we end up using this stupid fencing, I will probably be saving up to change it. I would pay for it now, but the fact is that I am getting ready to spend 600 dollars on feed which is my whole pay check coming in, plus some of the last pay check.

I guess my question here. Beside the obvious safety issue, will these two strands keep in these miniature horses?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-10-2013, 12:50 PM
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Nope - I doubt it and your dad will find that out quickly enough. I tried 1 strand of hot at a level I figured would keep my mini in and she went right under within 5 minutes of being let out. Now I have 3 strands of hot wire and the tallest one is the bottom wire on my main horse field - but even then she went through it a couple times and got a couple good shocks before she started respecting it. I'm still not fully comfortable with the set up so she is in a large stall when we aren't home and we are redoing the different area with a panel fence and she will eventually be moved there.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-10-2013, 01:02 PM
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I wouldn't trust it and when they come back with injuries from trying to escape maybe your dad will be more willing to change it.

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We have two ponies where I board that are basically mini-sized and if they can't go through the fence, they go over it or under it. Thankfully the snots have no desire to leave, they just want to hang out on the other side of the fence.

We have them in panel fencing now, no more escaping!
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-10-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I am definitely trying to talk him into adding two more strands, but if he doesn't listen then he can be the one chasing two miniatures all around town and not me. It sucks enough when our four big horses get out.

I talked to someone who has a mini, she said she had wire before, he went under it, when she moved it down he went over it.

My mom is also gonna try and talk to him, but... Its very irritating.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-10-2013, 08:55 PM
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I had two minis ONCE....I could NOT keep them in anything. Mesh on the panel gates? no. Mesh fence? no. I finally called the lady, and she took them back. I could not bear to see them get hurt, should they get out and go to the road.

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A woman i know had a couple minis and they were escape artists!! If there was any weak fencing theyd find it in a heartbeat!

So funny-- today my neighbors minis were out today actually, lol. Guess they musta learned to fly because his horse and other pony was still in the pasture.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-17-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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So we got the minis on Monday. On Tuesday i let them out in the pasture and they went straight under. Hated to twll my dad i told him so. All is fixed now and they graze happily.
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