Put a nice hot wire up they will get the idea. I would call law enforcement if the lady doesn't want to do her part. A guy down our road had a horse that kept getting out and people thought it was ours so would come tell us it was out. My husband would go get it and put it back in the owners area, well finally people started complaining and the sheriff came out to our house thinking it was us lol and started an investigation. The next time his horse got out the old guy came outside and gave the horse to my husband. I guess he didn't want the hassle or the fines.
If the neighboring horses are continuing to go through the fence, I'm wondering if they lack salt/mineral blocks, whether they have suffucient water, feed, what their body condition scores may be, I.e., whether they're being fed adequately, and how often anyone comes out to check on them. If any of the basic nutrients/water criteria are missing or inadequate, it could be the reason they're still going through fence.
Hi Drichmond, I'm sure your right about the reason the horses keep getting out. Since the horse that was given to my husband has been here, he has never tried to escape. Horses are such a huge responsibility and I don't think a lot of people realise that when they get a horse. I know I didn't they really consume your time and energy.
A better fence charger. My colt kept putting his head threw the fence and eating the grass on the other side. Even though he has 2 whole pastures to himself full of new grass. It was pushing the posts over and breaking insulators and stretching wire. So we went out there and found out why the fence wasn't working. Fixed that, my lovely fiance tested the fence, then we turned my horse back out. He walks straight to the fence to eat through it and got a huge zap. He hasn't touched it since. Those solar ones don't work very well, you need a real one.
I'm glad I don't live where you do. Here in Oklahoma there is absolutely no requirement that you fence an animal OUT. You are, however, required to fence them IN. If it's her horses that are tearing down the fence, it would be her responsibility to fix it.
That being said, I agree that a more powerful fence charge might be in order. Although it would be my luck that the neighbor would resent her horses being zapped and mess up the fence.
That came in handy when my neighbor didn't seem to think it was a problem that their animals were tearing down my no climb and barbed wire fence. Also came in handy when an irate neighbor found my cows eating his dead grass.... thankfully we did settle that amiably and he helped me reconfigure my fence so my cows no longer escape.