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post #31 of 48 Old 04-29-2013, 07:31 PM
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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.
You could use sheep fencing, or no-climb fencing but you'd have to do the same to your gates as well.
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You could use sheep fencing, or no-climb fencing but you'd have to do the same to your gates as well.
Well couldnt I just put a strand of electric on the bottom to shock the dogs?
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Well couldnt I just put a strand of electric on the bottom to shock the dogs?
Because dogs can either skirt under or jump over the electric strand.
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Well do you think my horses would be happy without any pasture If I kept them on 1/3 acre? And can dogs go under or over the strands if I put them close together?
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As long as the horses can run the dogs will give up. Horses will turn on them and that's usually enough deterrent to send the city slickers home. Recently two young wolves approached my horses with the parents not far away. As one moved behind, the other stayed well off the horse's side. Suddenly the horse turned, charged a few strides then did a small rear and struck out at the wolf. That was enough and the wolves moved off. Did that horse look mean and ugly.
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As long as the horses can run the dogs will give up. Horses will turn on them and that's usually enough deterrent to send the city slickers home. Recently two young wolves approached my horses with the parents not far away. As one moved behind, the other stayed well off the horse's side. Suddenly the horse turned, charged a few strides then did a small rear and struck out at the wolf. That was enough and the wolves moved off. Did that horse look mean and ugly.
My dad isnt so sure about making the paddock longer, though. 200' looks pretty long to me. You sure it wont work? Two horses should be able to defend them selves right?

Would they be happy if They didnt get any grass and had hay or should they be able to graze for fun?
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I mean the only dogs for two miles are our two dogs: an older Eskie who couldnt care less about horses and a mix breed who just likes to annoy horses without meaning any harm.
Wouldnt 200' work in this situation?


Sorry about bugging you guys so much about this.
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Like I said, you should be fine. My horses goof and run around just fine in ALL the paddocks, even the smaller ones. Our horses have NO pasture, nothing. They get enough hay in the morning to keep them occupied until at least early to mid afternoon, then enough hay at night to keep them occupied until late at night(or early morning, if you prefer). We've never had colic issues, boredom issues, ulcer issues. Nothing. They sometimes go up to 6-7 hours without hay on days they are piglets and scarf it up, they do just fine.
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Like I said, you should be fine. My horses goof and run around just fine in ALL the paddocks, even the smaller ones. Our horses have NO pasture, nothing. They get enough hay in the morning to keep them occupied until at least early to mid afternoon, then enough hay at night to keep them occupied until late at night(or early morning, if you prefer). We've never had colic issues, boredom issues, ulcer issues. Nothing. They sometimes go up to 6-7 hours without hay on days they are piglets and scarf it up, they do just fine.
Thanks kassierae. I think I'll put up a temporary electric fence so My horses can eat some grass for fun.

There is another problem though-mud. What should I do about it? There is alot of mud when it rains and when the snow melts. Right now 1/3 of the paddock is mud and manure, 1/2 is under water(lots and lots of snow this year), and the rest is dry.

What should I do?
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If you have that much of a drainage problem, then you might want to reconsider using that area as a paddock…especially since your spring rains haven't come yet.

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