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        07-31-2008, 10:31 AM
      #11
    Trained
    You know, sometimes all it takes is letting the neighbours know it's an issue. 'course I live in the bush where everyone owns quite a chunk of land. I've only ever had one dog that we had trouble with and the neighbours eventually dealt with the issue. It took some doing, and a few frustrated phone calls, but it got done. Still have a good relationship with that neighbour too.
         
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        07-31-2008, 11:39 AM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by northernmama
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    Originally Posted by Michigan Horse Mom
    My horse is old and the dogs are annoying. They have 4 dogs.... the 2 pit bulls usually stay fenced in, the white boxer is deaf and runs loose, and the beagle runs loose. My horse is about 25 or 28 years old and I don't know how much he'll defend himself (I haven't been around him in a long time). Maybe it wont end up being a big deal.
    Why not ask the neighbours to look after *their* animals and you will look after *your* animals? Keep a dog out of a horse paddock? I don't see it happening without $chainlink$ Most people are actually pretty good about this sort of stuff.
    skeet shot is pretty cheap... we would give our neighbors a warning and after that we would send the dogs running with some shot in their butts. After that the dogs stopped coming over. We kept ours in the yard others are expected too. Its kinnda like a dog that chases cars.... It is asking to die; and owners are too ignorant to train them properly.

    Otherwise a hot wire on the bottom will work as well. We live in MN and had two line fence and in the winter shut off connection on the bottom because of snow. The horses are used to it being hot they never tested in plus the top is hot. A occassional weed wacking takes care of tall grass/weeds for the bottom fence. It just takes an afternoon to do
         
        07-31-2008, 01:45 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I just fenced in 2 and a half acres and I used no climb wire horse fence with wooden fence posts.I don't see dogs getting through it. It has small 2x4 squares on bottom and gets bigger on top 4x4 squares.It was fairly cheap here in Fla. At Tractor Supply Co. Don't know if you have them up there, but for 330ft. It was 140.00. I think Lowe's has it too. If the dogs are still a problem talk to the neighbor, or put hot wire up.
         
        07-31-2008, 03:23 PM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Angel_Leaguer
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by northernmama
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Michigan Horse Mom
    My horse is old and the dogs are annoying. They have 4 dogs.... the 2 pit bulls usually stay fenced in, the white boxer is deaf and runs loose, and the beagle runs loose. My horse is about 25 or 28 years old and I don't know how much he'll defend himself (I haven't been around him in a long time). Maybe it wont end up being a big deal.
    Why not ask the neighbours to look after *their* animals and you will look after *your* animals? Keep a dog out of a horse paddock? I don't see it happening without $chainlink$ Most people are actually pretty good about this sort of stuff.
    skeet shot is pretty cheap... we would give our neighbors a warning and after that we would send the dogs running with some shot in their butts. After that the dogs stopped coming over. We kept ours in the yard others are expected too. Its kinnda like a dog that chases cars.... It is asking to die; and owners are too ignorant to train them properly.

    Otherwise a hot wire on the bottom will work as well. We live in MN and had two line fence and in the winter shut off connection on the bottom because of snow. The horses are used to it being hot they never tested in plus the top is hot. A occassional weed wacking takes care of tall grass/weeds for the bottom fence. It just takes an afternoon to do
    Almost word for word what I was going to write. Shells are cheap and once a dog has been peppered they are less likely to come back. We have our horses in a double hot wire pen. Most of the time its not even on. The horses know it will zap 'em and so does our dog. Tanner (dog) was out with us not bothering the horses and got zapped. He waits for us outside now. As far as weeds go, we just get the weed whacker going about 1/month for a couple hours and keep the weeds down and managable. Works like a charm for us.
         
        08-04-2008, 12:54 PM
      #15
    Started
    My sister and I keep our horses in an electric fence and it works great. The bottom wire does not have to be very low to keep big dogs out, wich is all you really need. Make sure your electric fence box works on animals with long hair too, because some are say they are only effective against short haired animals such as cows and horses. As for keeping the weed off the fence...we go around it with a weedeater when we mow the grass in our yard. When your horse learns that the fence will "bite" them..they will stay clear of it. I did walk mine all around it when we first put him in so that he would see it and know where it is. I don't know if that's necessary or not...but it made me feel better lol
         
        11-14-2008, 11:45 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I just fenced in a couple of acres with electric fence. The first day I let my Arabs out, the yearling fell into the fence and cut himself up pretty good. The next day I let my TB out and he ran into the fence so hard he snapped the fence post. I think they have figured it out now though. Horses are really good at finding ways to hurt themselves!
         

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