So I have a bit of an unusual problem. My barn friends are laughing at me about this!
My darn horse won't stop jumping the fence. This is driving me crazy. The jumper is boarded across the street from my two thoroughbreds. In an effort to save money, I decided to put the jumper in with the thoroughbreds.
After nailing my big gray right in the chest when introduced, she decided she didn't like it at my home barn and wanted to go back to the old barn. So the dang horse jumped the four foot+ three board fence. She proceeded to race across the street (private road, so no cars thank god), and stand next to the fence where her old buddies are. I caught her very easily, and put her back with the thoroughbreds.
She wasted no time, and went right up to the fence and tried to jump it again. I yelled at her and she stopped. Meanwhile, team thoroughbred is huddled together, staring at this crazy horse in their field.
I caught her, walked her around a bit, and every time I'd get near the fence, she'd try to jump it, with me standing right next to her. I eventually gave up, and put her back across the street, where she did a nose bump with her buddy, and then stood quietly, acting completely innocent.
This isn't the first time she's jumped the fence either. She jumped the fence at the boarding barn when she decided she didn't like the field she's in. I've come across her contemplating jumping the fence there as well, with her hooves up on the boards.
Here's the little bugger getting into other mischief. She's the only horse that's ever climbed this mound of dirt. She's not allowed in this field anymore.
I'm not sure how to get her to stop doing this. It's not possible to rip down the three board to put up taller three board fence. Has anyone had luck putting a stand of electric on the top of the fence? I'm afraid that she if tried to jump it again she'd get caught up in the electric fence.
I think that if she gets to know team thoroughbred before going to the new pasture, she'd prefer to just hang out with them. I was hoping not to do it though because I don't want to end up paying more board money to have them over there while they all get to know each other.
I'm going to keep her at the boarding barn for a while longer, but eventually I want to figure out how to keep the dang horse in her pasture! They'll all be moving to a different barn in the spring where they will have to live together, so if anyone has any recommendations of what fence types keep in fence jumpers, I'd love to hear it.