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        01-08-2010, 01:44 AM
    He's had a pre-purchase, and passed. The field he would be in is about 8-10 or so acres, I'm not really sure. Considering those things, do you feel it would be ok to send him right in with the herd? Supervised of course, for a few hours, then going home? (As long as they get along fairly well, of course.)
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        01-08-2010, 01:59 PM
    Sounds like you are boarding him. A couple of things.

    1> Electric fences are for sure the safest fence in my opinion. Horses--once they learn about them--stay off of them. You didn't mention what type of fence the main pasture has. That would be the key. If it is electric be sure to teach him about the fence before you let him go.

    2> Most facilities have a holding pen for new arrivals--isolating a horse--etc. If he is used to being with other horses the fence you show will probably not hold him. Isolating him for 7 days makes sure that he is not going to bring anything with him. Even though you think he is OK there are a lot of mean bugs out there that can casue lots of problems for all.

    3>When you do turn him loose bring a friend. You walk the fence lines with your horse, stopping in every corner and turning him. Your friend keeps all the other curious ones away. Turn him loose in the center and hang around for a while-- best in the middle of the day not right at dark for sure. Show him where he eats and where the water is. If he is used to pasture board then you should be able to catch him.
        01-08-2010, 02:54 PM
    He should be fine if you just toss him in with the herd. Walk the fenceline with him, show him the water and the food, and then take off the lead rope and let him go, leaving the halter on so you can catch him more easily if need be. Just remember that a pecking order WILL be established, no matter how you introduce him. Don't panic when they kick and bite each other, it's what they do. Only interfere if the horses are getting too rough or seem to be causing serious damage.
        01-08-2010, 03:01 PM
    My mare was out in a fence lower then that over night. She was fine, but she was with her pasture mates. My mare will jump a fence if she's out alone.
        01-08-2010, 09:57 PM
    Thanks so much for all the help!
    The land we lease doesn't have a holding facility, since it's not really a boarding barn. So, I think I'll just do what was suggested, walk the fence line and show him the water and hang out and watch for awhile. The herd we have will probably put him in his place really fast- they're a sassy bunch!

    Thanks so much again!
        01-09-2010, 01:25 AM
    All our pastures are hotwire with t-posts. Very rarely have the horses go through the fence, usually happens if a tree falls on the wire. And we have never had a horse impale themselves on the posts in 14 years of having them.
        01-09-2010, 11:13 AM
    Originally Posted by ShannonSevenfold    
    Oh. Hmm.. It's only four feet tall? How tall is the horse?
    That's what I was thinking too. It looks like it's just 3 feet. Or the horse is huge. If he doesn't jump at all I think it could be OK. But I'd go with 5 feet frankly. My horse jumped 4.5 feet at 2.5 years old (and she was under 15 hands). Other then that hot tape is used by number of people I know (including boarding place I used to keep my horses in) and I havn't heard about any problems with it.
        01-09-2010, 04:16 PM
    We had 4 horses, including an Arab and a 16.3hh Saddlebred inside T posts fence with one strand on top of white tape and 3 strands of wire and never had problems for a year. We will be doing T posts with high gauge electric and a strand of white tape here at our new place soon - along the front fence line, and the sides and back are already in high tensile. The fence was approx 4.5 feet high.
        01-09-2010, 05:20 PM
    Green Broke
    I keep my horses in electric wire fencing with t posts that have caps on them. They are jumpers and are just fine with a 5 and a half foot fence. If you want to see it there might be some pics of it in my virtual barn.

    Good luck!

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