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        06-09-2010, 10:48 AM
      #11
    Showing
    Is this the horse you have in the crappy, falling down barbed wire fencing with the head high weeds?

    I don't believe he or your other horses are 'accident prone'. I'm thinking you need to cut your weed choked property and put up horse safe fencing.
         
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        06-09-2010, 10:50 AM
      #12
    Banned
    If he is still in the same space that you posted photos of him in earlier it was just a matter of time before he injured himself.

    Edit to add - SR and I posted at the same time.
         
        06-09-2010, 09:11 PM
      #13
    Started
    My horses are truly accident-prone... out of all of them, it's always mine that managed to come up injured (and manage to injure themselves in the stupidest ways)... the other three pretty much never have any injuries on them, regardless of what they do.

    As for the place where Jaxxon is in, he's not in that area at night or anything, as I keep him in the yard at night, and I've been working a few hours each day on fixing the loose fences, but I'm not a pro and I'm not my uncles... nor are they willing to help me because in their eyes, nothing is wrong with the crappy, falling down fence. I personally hate barbed wire, but it's the only thing we have and the only type of fencing my 'ignorant' family thinks will keep a cow/horse in (grandma and mum not included).

    Most of the time he isn't even in the weedy part, as it's not that big of an area and there isn't any grass he wants to eat over there... he stays in the side/front yard, not in the back by the barn.

    I'm working on fixing up the Lot so I can open that and let him eat in there without the other horses/cows scaring him/running him... and I'm also going to extend the side-yard fence a couple feet so he has more grass.
         
        06-09-2010, 09:12 PM
      #14
    Started
    His injury, however, is doing so much better. It's closing up well and I'm keeping medication on it and still hosing it out twice daily.
         
        06-10-2010, 08:07 AM
      #15
    Banned
    Glad his injury is doing better. That is great news.

    I stand by it that you do not have accident prone horses. That title is reserved for horses who mange to injure and break themselves even though they are living in a safe horse environment. Horses that live in barbed wire, loose wire fences and such that injure themselves are just a statistic because it is inevitable. Your Uncles horses that are not injured yet are just lucky.

    I am glad you are working on making the fencing safer. Keep it up.
         
        06-10-2010, 08:41 AM
      #16
    Banned
    Another thought. If your mother and your uncles so firmly believe in keeping horses in an environment that you personally do not think is a proper horse environment why then did you get another horse to put into that situation?
         
        06-10-2010, 09:51 AM
      #17
    Started
    My mother doesn't really care... she's not 'horsey' and doesn't live out here, but in the city. My great grandmother (who I live with) is in her sixties and relies on her sons (my great uncles) to keep the fencing up... which they don't.

    So, I try to do my best to make the fencing safe, but it's hard to do so without an extra helping hand. My cousin tries to help sometimes, but she's not great at it.

    I have to basically look at the fence and decide whether or not I can fix it without tearing it completely down... and then look at the rest of the fencing and decide what needs fixed asap (such as strands where the cows have gone through it and they're broke almost to the ground) and what can stand to wait until I get the rest fixed (such as the strands that are a bit looser, but still up).



    I'm also glad that his injury is getting better. Jax follows me around like a puppy when I go out and all... Lol.

    As for just why I got him...I wanted him, his last owners couldn't sell him... it was really either I take him, or they send him to the local auction where he'd more 'n' likely go for meat...

    Maybe it wasn't the 'best' decision (especially considering I still don't have a job - still looking), but I am glad that I got him.
         
        06-10-2010, 10:02 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Britt, if you have old broke down fences, invest in an electric fencer. You can put in small fiberglass posts on the inside of the horse fence a couple feet away from the crappy cow fence. Run a hot wire along this. The horses will learn to not go near the fence and it will keep them out of the barbed wire.

    Electric fencing is cheap and easy to use. If you need advice on it, ask on here. I am sure that a large number of us use it! I run 4 electric fencers with about 40 miles of fencing on all the time.
         
        06-10-2010, 10:06 AM
      #19
    Banned
    Great idea draftrider.
         
        06-10-2010, 12:57 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Thank you! I sympathize with you Britt. When we bought our farm it had been a sheep farm for many years. My fences were woven wire with 2 strands of cheap barb over the top. I've spent years ripping out fencing and putting up electric tape. The electric tape might be the best bet for you too- its a lot more visible.
         

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