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    07-07-2012, 09:33 AM
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I was wondering if it would be a good idea to make a riding arena out of electric fencing (that isn't connected to electricity) in a field where all the other horses are grazing... there's plenty of room for it but just concerned about whether it would distract my/others horse/s? Atm I can only go out hacking :(
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    07-07-2012, 11:29 AM
I think it's dangerous to ride in a field with other horses and it would be a risk to leave the fake arena up all the time because they could get tangled up. You can certainly do all the same arena exercises while hacking - I do sometimes. If you feel like you need a wall, use a road or treeline or fenceline.
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    07-07-2012, 12:22 PM
Thankyou but you can't jump whilst hacking ???
    07-07-2012, 12:32 PM
You'd be safer just riding down the trail and not around loose horses.
    07-07-2012, 12:39 PM
If you can put up your jumps in th field, you can jump in it just like a ring, you just have to be aware of steering your horse where as you wouldn't so much in a ring. But it really isn't a good idea to ride with loose horses, as stated above. You could rile em up and end up getting hurt. If you can, maybe take them out first? Either way, be careful :)
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    07-07-2012, 01:15 PM
Originally Posted by hollylovesbeau    
Thankyou but you can't jump whilst hacking ???
Why can't you? People jump in the fields they ride in all the time - its cross country. But it's probably not a good idea for you. You should get a trainer to teach you how to jump safely and properly. NOT in a field with loose horses.

If you're trying to jump its an even worse idea. What if you come off and your horse charges through your makeshift fence? Youd be best served jumping in a controlled environment with your trainer.
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    07-07-2012, 01:16 PM
Oh okay thanks
    07-07-2012, 01:21 PM
I would actually go against the crowd here. They use electric fencing for horses as their main hold. So what's the big deal? I WOULD turn the electric on though - or else they'll just get pushy with it and get themselves tangled. Make sure you implement a gate in this makeshift arena that you could safely open and close, where in both situations it would be safe. Before you ride, shoo the loose horses out of the arena, and you have yourself a nice little grass arena :)
    07-07-2012, 10:55 PM
Wait, I'm confused, are you planning on riding in the field with the other horses loose and the fencing off or are you planning on making an area in/next to your field with fencing that is not electrofied? I personally ride in an area with tape fencing that isnt electrofied on 3 sides but one side is up against a field that horses go in, so on that side of the fence is hot. It has not caused issues or anything, I don't know if I could suggest riding in a field with horses just loose in it as they can get riled up and such, as others have said.
    07-11-2012, 08:24 AM
Thanks I think i'll stick to hacking for now <3

arena, hacking, horse

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