I was out spraying my mare, coop, barn and the pony ran off. So I went after him and he wanted to keep on moving, so 35-45min later he's sweating and I still can't catch him. He smells the fly spray on my hands, thus thinks I am a tiger trying to eat his face.
Opened the 2 hot wire fence to the sheep area and he won't go in, even after I led the mare in. His face is torn up from the grazing muzzle, wanted to lock him up in the sheep area for a week to let his face heal.
But that got me thinking of the "Paddock Paradise" I have seen and read about several times in the past. I have great hills, since we are on a mountain. Hard part will be getting those posts into the rock, all I have is my bare hands and a shovel....
Since he refused to cross the gateway the electric was at, I'm hoping if I use Step in posts and 2 strands of hot wire, then I can make my own "Paddock Paradise". It will be at the pony's height, since the mare challenges nothing, and this will allow the sheep free access to the center and to cross the paths back to their sheep area.
What do you guys think? Anyone here try this?
I was going to follow the C shaped curve, it goes over a steep hill, flat low stretch, exposed rock area, over a trickle creek and then a light hill back to the barn. There is another steep hill a little off from the center, but that wouldn't make them cross the rock area. I could add a second hot fence that would curve away from the sheep gateway and over this other steep area and bring it back up to the barn.
Dark blue squares marks the flat area.
Purple squares mark very steep areas.
Light blue is only slight a slight hill.
Brown line is where the new hot wires would go.
Red is current hot wire.
Blue is property fencing.
Gray is easement fence.