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post #1 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Do you worry?

Do you ever worry about your horse maybe somehow getting out of thier pasture and off your property then no one knowing were they belong? There is electric fence around the pasture but sometimes I worry that a tree could fall and break it or heaven forbid someone cut it out of spite then she could get out it only has one strand right now but I will be adding another before I bring Tequila to my home. Does anyone else worry about this? I was thinking I may attach a dog name tag or something and leave her halter on while she is in the pasture. There are no trees or anything that she can get the halter caught on so I think it would be ok. Last year there were 5 horses down the rode from me that somehow got out and were in the road luckly I saw them and with the help of a couple other people we got them out of the road into a big field. One of the people knew the owner of the pasture (the horses were boarded there) and went to his house and got him in the mean time I managed to catch one mare and a guy caught another and we walked them back to the pasture and luckly the other horses followed us back to the pasture and the guy met us there and fixed the fence. Anyways so I am rambling but do you guys think a name tag on the halter would be a good idea? Or do I just need to stop being a worry wart. LOL


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post #2 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 04:21 PM
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No, but then if my horse got out, I know exactly where I'd find him. Standing on my trainer's doorstep wanting in or if something spooked him and he actually ran past her house (only way off the property is past her house), he'd be in her neighbor's 100% weed-free, amazing hay field, furiously stuffing his face and since her neighbor spends a good 16+ hours a day hand-weeding or checking his fields, he'd notice a horse in them really quick! Her neighbor grows the most amazing hay (and she's buying this year's hay from him... YAY!!!!) and while my horse will happily walk by or through any other field, he throws an absolute fit about not being able to stop and eat his. Not that I can really blame him......
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 07:57 PM
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The longer you have horses, the less you worry about it because there is nothing you can do about it anyway. That said, having helped enough people look for their horses, I know that can be amazingly difficult to find a horse that's escaped even after only a few minutes. Having your name/phone# on the halter can help, but even better is to make sure that you know as many neighbors as you can (within a few miles) and that they know what your horse(s) look like. In my experience, the more 'eyes' looking for them, the faster you find them, and it saves you a bunch of driving around.

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post #4 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 08:21 PM
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We have had many horses get out (things happen when you have boarders)and have never had the issue of one getting off the property, they generally act like total idiots but hang around with their buddies. Now that we don't have our own place anymore I refuse to board anywhere where there isn't someone living on site, much less slips through the cracks that way. However just today when I got to the ranch a mare was seriously walking DOWN the driveway towards the road! Lucky I got there right then, my car spooked her back through the gate and the rest of the property is fenced, just the gate was opened. A farrier had gotten the horses out of the neighboring pasture and the gates share a chain, which he didn't bother to clip at all. I had just today decided to move my mares down to that pasture. Not anymore! way too close to the only way out and too easy for anything to happen.
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 09:25 PM
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I live at the end of 2KM long road with about 5 residences on the whole thing. We are the top of the mountain next to crownland. When I had an older horse, I would get let them out & they would graze where ever & come home at night for grain. My current horses sometimes get out, but they stick around & come home when called. Very lucky, there is virtually no traffic here, but if I lived near a busy road, yes, I would be more vigilant.
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 09:28 PM
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Nope. We're the only horse property for miles, and everyone on my street knows we have horses. Plus, I doubt they would wander far. A year ago the barn contractor left a gate open and they all ran our pasture behind the barn.
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post #7 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 10:31 PM
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My back gate got left open one night, I closed it in the morning but horses were by the barn, When I left for work I saw piles of horse poo all down the driveway, over the neighbors yard, and here and there, evidently they had quite the adventure over night.
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 10:41 PM
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During Irene a tree crashed my fence. Only one horse got out.. she was standing in my front yard lol!
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 11:47 PM
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I do worry for my Eli all the time! I do worry about him getting out, - but more for people getting in.
(You see, we have had LOTS of illegal horse slaughters recently around South Florida.. It's horrible, people actually break into others property and slaughter pet horses for meat! -.- [Sorry if gruesome])
Anyways, I am beginning to calm down a bit as I partial board him in a very good quality neighborhood, the owners look out for the horses ALL the time, and I even have a lock on his stall door... and that makes a lot of people think, "What is he some registered show horse worth millions?" Maybe not, but he's worth the WORLD to me <3
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-14-2011, 11:10 AM
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Savanna got out one night at the old property where I kept her. It was dark out, and she'd just mosied out the gate while it was closing (it was an electric gate). She walked calmy across the road (private road) and began eating the neighbor's front yard. When my friend and I tried to catch her, she would trot away from us, but only a few feet - she'd just stop and eat again.

Looks like the grass is greener on the other side ;)

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