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    07-11-2012, 07:27 AM
Could you tie up or contain the other horses while you ride?
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    07-11-2012, 07:34 AM
Unfortunately a couple of the other horses break the headcollar or lead rope when being tied up as they hate it so much
    07-14-2012, 11:57 PM

So, I wouldn't recommend riding in a field with other horses on a regular basis. You don't know what could happen, it could be a potential safety hazard. I'm not trying to sound sassy in any way... I mean, you could ride in and nothing could happen. I would just rather assess the added risk than sugarcoat it, you get what I'm saying?

I have ridden in a field with other horses before but only for a short amount of time because walking through that field led to the trail. I did ride through that field numerous times and on a regular basis, but only for a couple of minutes to get through that gate.

Make sure that electric fencing is not electric if you do decide to put a horse near there. I'm not familiar with that kind of fencing, I prefer wood post/rail fencing that is good ol' fashioned and sturdy.

Some people do very well riding in fields, but my old stable did not have an arena so my arena was a small grass ring. It was uneven and eventually became a safety hazard for my training. It's also that kind of thing that depends on what you are actually doing and what you are trying to achieve in that ring, your horse's training, your experience, how the footing is and the elevations, etc.

There are several things that go into it. If you could post pictures of the area that could help some people give you more accurate advice. However, if you ask a trainer or someone more experienced that can actually view the area in person, they may be able to help you determine what to do based on your various situation.

I understand that sometimes there is not access to more ideal riding space. I admire that you are trying your best to work with what you have. I'm not completely educated on the matter, so like I said, I suggest getting more opinions. However, I figured I would offer mine. (:

Thank you for your time and happy riding!
    07-15-2012, 12:15 AM
Absolutely you can. Make sure the horses respect the fencing so ensure it can be turned on. Or you may find your horses pushing on it. It will stop them getting tangled in it too.

Obviously make sure you cap the posts! I'd even put a second cover on maybe a rolled up chaff bag. A sturdy gate is really important!

I plan on doing the same once I get the materials.

The yards I used to ride in were tape and pickets I used them for everything including starting youngsters. If the other horses still worry you put up a second fence .
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    07-17-2012, 01:57 PM
I moved my horse to a barn that had no arena so what I did was put up an electric fence in one of the corners of a bigger field. There are no loose horses in the arena and the 3 horses in the field next to the arena don't seem bothered by the arena at all and the other horse have never been a problem while riding in the arena.

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