Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Hey I agree - electric fences are the only way to go. Since I have had my draught breed mare I have had her escape 5 times. Everytime she found a new weak spot in her paddock she was off to visit the next door neighbours stallion. Although he is a good looking QH I reallly do not want them getting TOO friendly.
Anyway three broken wooden rails, a bent pipe gate and one very stretched 6 wire fence later, Phoenix is now contained by an out rigger system with a single hot wire. I made the out rigger on the cheap, simply had some old fence batons which I cut in half, nailed them at intervals to the existing posts and then used old hosepipe as insulator at the ends. I used electric fence twine which is as effective as wire although I will keep an eye on it as it will perish eventually. And now my big pushy girl stays where she is suppossed to.
I know that nothing but electric fences hold my horse I would imagine that yours will be the same. Once they know that they can push - pushing is what they do! Hope this helps, goodluck!