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    11-03-2013, 04:06 PM
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Horse is jumping out of her!

We're talking about my 2 y.o Thoroughbred filly Kenzie. I have had her at a friend's house for the past month and a half or so, after having to move her out of a bad situation. She has been doing great, up until yesterday.

Some time during the night or early morning she jumped the fence in her pasture to a neighbors padlocked pasture. I assumed it was because her pasture mate is rather bossy and chases her from time to time, and that she just got fed up with it and jumped. It took all day to get her back, then we put her in a stall for the night so she wouldn't try again. She was let out again about an hour ago and immediately jumped the fence, completely unprovoked (we watched her do it) and is over there again.

As you can imagine, my friends are starting to get annoyed with her. It makes a lot of extra work for them to go contact the neighbor and walk her back. The fence is horse mesh and is 4 1/2 feet tall. My filly is a runty 14hh baby that, up until this week, couldn't even jump a twig. So now, once we get her back again, we're going to have to stall her 24/7 until we can figure something out. However that is NOT a good thing for her since she is young and prone to start cribbing when stalled, so I need a solution asap. Any ideas? I can ask about doing something to the fence, but whatever it is, it has to be temporary. And I honestly don't have a ton of money right now.
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    11-03-2013, 04:39 PM
What a bloody nightmare!

I don't know about the costs or practicalities of this, but someone else here might.

That said, can you get some kind of battery operated electric wire and run it across the top of the existing fence? Or, can you get one of those temporary electric fences and run it inside the existing fence, so essentially, you have a double fence with a gap wide enough to create a (hopefully) scary enough oxer that Kenzie won't try to jump, but narrow enough that she won't get stuck between the two fences.

The fences at my barn consist of electric rope connected to posts, which can be (relatively) easily moved, removed, rearranged, whatever. This seems to do the job. If someone developed a jumping habit, I don't know what our yard owner would do, but I suspect he would make an oxer. He's been running livery yards nearly his whole life (he inherited the yard from his dad) so I can ask what he would do when I see him in the next few days.
    11-03-2013, 05:41 PM
Many horses will not go near an elec fence....but with the controller box and fence wire/insulators you are prob talkin 2-300. :(
    11-03-2013, 05:49 PM
I know someone who extended their fence by purchasing some garden type stakes. They attached these to the top of the fence posts and ran two strips of electric wire along the garden stakes. This keeps her stallion from jumping the fence and breeding the two mares she has stabled next to him (his mother and grandmother). The whole step including solar charger probably costs 70 - 100 dollars.
    11-03-2013, 05:54 PM
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Do you know what brand the electric wire was by any chance rookie? The stuff I'm seeing isn't TOO terrible, but the solar box is not water proof which might be a problem. And I have no idea how to run electric wire.

This is such a huge mess.
    11-03-2013, 06:02 PM
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You might not even need it to be electric. I personally would try it without electric, then go the electric route if necessary...but around here electric anything is super expensive and I don't have electricity in my barn.

I'd just make it intimidatingly tall and "scary" with fluttery things, then see if electric is really needed.

Other thought: is there a way you could board with the neighbor? Haha
    11-03-2013, 06:05 PM
You might ask yourself what is so attractive at your neighbor's? Horses typically have a reason for jumping fences.
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    11-03-2013, 06:06 PM
I don't know any brands off of the top of my head but stringing electric wire is realitivly easy. I'm sure you can find steps/videos online. My reccomendation is that if you're putting the wire to the existing fence make sure there's a good grounding point. If the wire touches the fence then it won't have any zap to it. At my barn we use plastic holders that are bolted onto the poles or clipped onto the wire to keep the electric strands off of the fence. You can also tie pieces of ribbon or plastic (I forget what we use) to help teach the horses it's there. Most of the time though they recognize the clicking sound. There will also need to be a grounding wire which you can run underground; and a on-off box which you can probably keep indoors or outside under a tarp.

If I get any more information or see anything good I'll be sure to post it! Good luck, having a horse that likes to jump is no fun! :(
    11-03-2013, 06:15 PM
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Wallaby- I was actually thinking that...LOL. It would be really weird going over there (even though the lady seems really sweet) and going "hey, my horse likes your place better. Can she stay here?" but maybe its worth a shot? Turns out the pasture IS inhabited by another horse and I didn't realize it...and its a Thoroughbred mare that Kenzie appears to adore. Oi. O_o I think I'm going to try something 'scary' first though, like you said- before investing a bunch of money that I don't really have in electric fence. I'm not even sure how I'd get electricity out there to be honest since its at the far end of the property.

PaintHorseMare- its the grass. Her current pasture has a little, but there really isn't enough to graze consistently on since there are three horses on it. The other pasture is probably 5 acres versus the ~2 acres she is on right now, and full of grass. There is also only one horse over there who is very sweet, as opposed to one sweet gelding and one very bossy mare that she is 'roommates' with right now. There really isn't anything I can do to fix that though. She has ad lib hay in place of grass, but I guess it isn't good enough.
    11-03-2013, 06:17 PM
I like Wallaby's idea. Worst thing the other lady can say is no, right?

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