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        04-18-2013, 12:56 AM
      #21
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    Not to argue with anyone at all. I read this and have to add my experiences. Two wire high tinsel works. I've had more issue with 5 wire. Which is now 4 wire. And soon to be two wire. I also have never seen horses leave grass 3 to 4" long. Ever.
    We let ours free graze in the summer, they will mow to the ground then move.
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        04-18-2013, 04:00 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Not to argue with anyone at all. I read this and have to add my experiences. Two wire high tinsel works. I've had more issue with 5 wire. Which is now 4 wire. And soon to be two wire. I also have never seen horses leave grass 3 to 4" long. Ever.
    We let ours free graze in the summer, they will mow to the ground then move.
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    Thanks I don't feel too good about 4-5 strands either.
         
        04-18-2013, 04:00 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Is the length of 270' long enough,then? Thanks
         
        04-18-2013, 08:01 PM
      #24
    Showing
    A single dog isn't a problem but sometimes free roaming dogs form packs and chasing horses seems to become great sport. That's a better length.
         
        04-18-2013, 08:16 PM
      #25
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    A single dog isn't a problem but sometimes free roaming dogs form packs and chasing horses seems to become great sport. That's a better length.
    Is there any way to keep them out of the paddock completely? We don't have many dogs around here(the closest village is two miles away).
         
        04-25-2013, 03:31 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    If I stay with one horse and only got a pony to keep Duke company, would a length of 200' work? He WOULD have space to run for fun, wouldnt he?
         
        04-25-2013, 04:49 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Not to argue with anyone at all. I read this and have to add my experiences. Two wire high tinsel works. I've had more issue with 5 wire. Which is now 4 wire. And soon to be two wire. I also have never seen horses leave grass 3 to 4" long. Ever.
    We let ours free graze in the summer, they will mow to the ground then move.
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    I believe the idea is to move the horses before they eat it all the way down. I rotate & cut my pastures & have no weedy or dead spots.
         
        04-26-2013, 01:21 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Honestly, for two horses you should be fine. We have 16(10 minis, 1 shetland FWIW) on 2.25 acres, and only about 1.75 is fenced, maybe a bit more. There is no grass, so they get hay. One pen is 48' x 72'. One is about an acre, one is about 1/2 and acre. Maybe 100' x 250'. Then we have a smaller pen, maybe 40' x 50'. The two larger ones get rotated between two groups, my two mares(paint and shetland) are one, and the geldings are one(appaloosa, Qh and haflinger). The stud colt get rotated in with my gelding every other day for some socialization, the others beat him up. The smaller pen(48' x 72') has anywhere from 4 to 6 minis in it, depending on who is turned out where. The smallest gets two minis maximum, and we rotate the two minis with my cousins colt and another colt(both go out separately). It is NOT ideal, but it works. Everybody has at least 12-14 hours of turnout, most have 24/7 turnout. The stud colt is possibly leaving, she's giving him away. Two, maybe four of the minis are for sale, and so is the haflinger.

    So it IS doable, though not ideal. Two of the minis and the stud were dumped on us. They belonged to a neighbor, and kept getting out. We caught them, walked them to their home, and the owners said "keep them or they'll be shot". So we kept them.
         
        04-29-2013, 01:03 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    If I kept two horses in the 1/3 acre paddock and hayed the 1 1/2 acres that I wanted to fence in before, would it work?
         
        04-29-2013, 06:30 PM
      #30
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
    If I kept two horses in the 1/3 acre paddock and hayed the 1 1/2 acres that I wanted to fence in before, would it work?
    bump.

    PS IS there a way to keep the dogs out of the paddock? We don't have many dogs here and most of them leave horses alone.
         

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