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        11-17-2011, 02:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by Dresden    
    I have to agree with this. Getting zapped by the gate would make me a very unhappy boarder. If my BO electrified the gate, I would probably seriously consider moving barns. I'm not coordinated enough to avoid regular zapping.
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    tons of people use a strip of electric as their gate. I did it for years... never had an issue.
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        11-17-2011, 02:40 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    tons of people use a strip of electric as their gate. I did it for years... never had an issue.
    All well and good for you. Different strokes as they say. But I've backed into the electric fence on a few occasions already. If I can be that uncoordinated, an electric gate is sure to not go well for me as I have to go near it, in and out, etc.

    It wouldn't bother you. It would bother other people. Ultimately the BO in this scenario doesn't want it done and its her property.
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        11-17-2011, 02:57 PM
    I don't have much experience with cribbers, there is only one at the barn that I board at and I don't believe anything is done with her to stop it. From what I've heard, she made herself get nasty neck wounds from wearing a collar and trying to get it off. So I can't really relate in that way.

    However, if the BO doesn't want the electric fencing on the gate, there's nothing you can really do about it. We hate electric fencing on nearly all of the gates at my barn and it isn't a problem. I used to feed out there at nights a few times a week and never had any problem getting hay in and out or whatever else without being zapped.

    The muzzle does seem to be affecting your horse negatively, though, and I personally wouldn't want my horse to be forced to wear something that is unnatural to him 24 hours a day. I would suggest, like many other people have, using the anti-crib stuff on the gate and see how that works. And if that doesn't work, I would seriously consider moving barns. My boy would never have to live with a muzzle on all the time.
        11-17-2011, 03:19 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    tons of people use a strip of electric as their gate. I did it for years... never had an issue.
    It sounds as though they want to put tape on an existing gate - not simply use the tape as the gate. A difference in how the gate would be handled. Basically you have have two gates.

    Put me in the crowd that hates hot wire. I will get filthy dirty and crawl under the cattle fence to avoid being zapped
        11-17-2011, 03:25 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    tons of people use a strip of electric as their gate. I did it for years... never had an issue.
    FP, there is a difference when it's your own place vs the facility. Dealing with the hot wire is definitely not the most comfortable thing to me (and I'm sure bunch of other people). There is always a possibility horse gets spooked and pushes your against the wire (yes, I do understand the personal space respect and all that, but things still happen).
        11-17-2011, 05:14 PM
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    I have hot tape over all my gates, mainly to stop a horse from getting caught in the hinge area if it should be silly. It's easy to turn the fence off but it is up to the BO.
    I had a horse come in for boarding that I neglected to ask beforehand about cribbing. I couldn't just tell her to leave so I worked it out. I have bite guard all over every edge of his stall. After he was here a while he stopped cribbing & didn't need a collar but he has a sacrificial bucket he likes to wind suck on at times.
    If I were you I would look for another place willing to do what it takes.

    barn management, behavior, cribbing, electric fence

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