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post #1 of 10 Old 09-24-2010, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation HELP!!! I Have A Fence Breaker!!

I don't know what to do!!! She's never been 'destructive' before, and now she's at this place and she's tearing their fencing down!!!

The land owners have cattle panels and they are STURDY, yet she's picking her foot up, putting it on the squares, then standing on them....What is going on?!

She has a buddy, she has food, they give her attention (more than I can since I only get out there on weekends if I'm lucky). There's not a thing that she needs that she doesn't have!!!

I have been told to remove her from the property, and I have no where else to put her!!! I'm trying to talk them into letting me repair the fences and put up electric fencing but I just don't know...apparently the husband is really mad about it....

Please....I need help...ideas...anything!!!

If you are in the Murfreesboro TN area and can hold her while I find another place, that would be amazing as well x_x

I just wish I knew why this behavior has started all of a sudden....-sighs-
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-24-2010, 11:06 AM
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Quedeme, I'm sorry you're in such a pickle, but I can understand where the farm owners are coming from.

If your horse has suddenly decided that their fencing is fun to break, she needs to be removed from the property.

You say this is a new behaviour; has she ever been in this type of fencing before?

When you do move her, make sure wherever you take her has electrified fencing. Sounds to me that she has no respect for anything that's not electrified, unfortunately.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-24-2010, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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She's been around the less sturdy horse fencing and rotted wood fencing and REALLY bad wire fencing and NEVER did this before x.x

I don't blame them wanting her off the property, but that doesn't make it easy for me.

I just don't know what's going on lately...-sighs- The past few months have just been boarding HELL....

One place won't feed her and leaves her in dagorous areas (down wires and fencing) Then the next place is too far away down a road my car can't handle (my fault for moving her in the first place), then a back yard boarder who wants to tell me what to do and how to do it and treats my horse like it's hers...and she didn't know ANYTHING about horses in the first is being a jerk...

I just don't get it...and outside of just tying her to a dang post I don't know what to do...-sighs-
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-24-2010, 04:27 PM
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I would ask for a second chance and (if you can afford it) offer to pay for the damages she's caused (if she's caused any). I'd also offer to put up electric fencing, with either a solar-battery combo, or just a battery. I think a few good wallops with electric will keep her at bay.

I remember when my QH stud colt tore through my electric fencing. Sam, the rescue I had at the time, HATED that colt and literally chased him through the fence. That was a drama. Thank god the colt sold quick again.

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-24-2010, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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I thought I said that I did offer to fix the fencing and put up electric. They already have a working hot box, all I'd need to do is replace the panels and put up the wire and hook it up. I offered to do all the work and supply anything that was needed, but they aren't interested and just want her GONE.
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 04:31 AM
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Could it be boredom? Other than that, I have nothing to add regarding the why.

Did you offer to fix the fence before or after they asked you to leave?

I guess it doesn't really matter at this point. As SR already pointed out though, who can blame them for wanting her gone. By tearing down fences, she could wind up costing them way more money than you pay to board her....even if you do to replace the fencing.

Rather than trying to find a solution to keep her where she is at, I'd put all my energy into finding her a place to go. Search the newspapers, craigs list, ask your vet, farrier and even the people in your local tack store. A lot of things in the horse business are done by word of mouth (at least in my area anyway), so you have to ask around.

Make sure that the next place you take her to has a good hot fence.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 06:35 AM
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We have a mare that does that at work. I show up to her and har buddy running around loose at least once a week. We are working on the hotwire.
She had scratches on her front legs when she started this nasty little habit. She was rubbing her legs and one of the boards snapped. Now its a game.
Its a long shot, but does you horse have scratches? If so, maybe clearing that up will stop this habit. Hopefully she doesnt turn this in to a game like vesper has.
Good Luck, If I was near you, I take her for a while for you.
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Oh what a pickle! My pony does that too. He used to repest fences (litteraly could fence him with 4 poles on the ground) but now he has decided the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and doesnt like diet paddocks so flattens them or jumps them... ;/ All i can say is make is eletric. even for a an hour and zap them purposely. I agree it ma be bordem.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't even given a chance to fix the situation with them. It happened, and they told me to leave...I had no warning "Oh, by the way, your horse isn't respecting the fence, you need to do something about that" it was just flat out "She's destroyed the fence you need to" x_x

It might be boredom, I agree, since she's never been kept in a pen that small. It's the size of a turn out paddock. However, the owners were SUPPOSED to finish fencing off their 15 acres and turn her out on that the first weekend we moved her, and that never happened....So she's been kept in the smaller pen for too long. Not only that, but they would let their horse out on the 15 acres and leave her pinned up, so other than the fact she was bored, she was probably just trying not to be left behind. I've never kept her without some kind of companion.

What's done is done, and perhaps for a good reason. I know I spazzed about the situation because I had JUST moved her and I DID like the property she was on....however, I think some higher power knew it wasn't the right place for her, or for me. In less than a day (the fastest I've ever found another boarding facility) an aquantance I knew from the first barn (that starved her and left wire down all over the place) told me of a place she was going to look at. It's only 6 miles away and half the price!!!! I went to go look at it and it's nicely fenced. Not only that, but it's 20 open acres with a few lean to shelters, trees, a creek (when it rains) a round pen, and the 20 acres are split into two 10 acre areas so that if I want to ride away from the other horses, I can!!! Now I'll be able to go out and see her whenever I want to and not worry about burning gass, getting stranded (my car isn't in the best shape) or only seeing her on weekends because the drive is so long!!! It's not totally perfect. Hay and grain aren't provided (on 20 acres though, they won't need much of either) However, the cost of board well makes up for anything else I need to buy!!! AND the owner is a retired gentelman who's been doing this for over 15 years!!! (no more newbie barn owners!!!) He's calm, quiet, and willing to work with me on anything I need!!! Which isn't much since I have the thing that matters most...My horse...

I just can't stop feeling like all the bad has happened for a reason.

Now...I just have to wait for the person who trailers my horse to be available, which will be by Tuesday at the latest.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 02:59 PM
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Well that's good. Hopefully it works out for you!
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