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post #1 of 116 Old 10-24-2010, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Im going to jump out my window.

I went to VA on friday morning to adopt a mustang from the blm, drove 7 hours, and got approved to have a horse. I've talked to the BLM on the phone 10 times explaining what I was doing with the fencing - it was fine. As long as its 5' high (its a bit over that) my coated steel braided wire is just fine. I talked to the person approving applications and explained it. It was fine. So awesome, I buy my horse and a volunteer for the blm who live in my state is trailering my horse home for me on sunday. So I'm at home, put out hay and water and my horse pulls in. The woman gets out and looks decussated and says "no he'll go right through that. He'll get hurt." NUMBER 1 It's steel braided wire. It holds telephone poles up. There are 4 strands of it with no more than a 1 ft gap. Just like the blm requires. Then she tells me he wont see it. Ok, that's fair he might not see it when the sun is rising and setting, that was my fault I should have put 1x1s in between the gaps. So I gave her $60 for gas and she takes my horse back to her place until "i can get 2x6" planks up in-between the gaps. I cant afford that. I'm getting 1x1s in the morning and thats it. He will be able to see it and the wire will hold him in. My horse has been in captivity for a year it's not like hes fresh off the range. It's very nice of her to take my horse back to her place, but I didn't ask. Shes charging me for whatever he eats. It's fair but I was approved the the blm, it's my horse, i paid for it, its in my name. I paid her to trailer my horse back, not to take him home. Am I out of my mind wrong? I want whats best for the horse which is why i didnt object when she took him home, but ill have the 1x1s up tomorrow and I expect my horse on Tuesday, Wednesday latest. BTW my horse is a yearling.
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post #2 of 116 Old 10-24-2010, 07:51 PM
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There are strict regulations on these things for a reason. I hate wire as fencing. It's hard enough for humans to see, and that's with us knowing that it's there. She's right, some horses don't see it. Or they do see it, but when they panic, they forget it's there, and get tangled in it. Wire cuts very easily. Even if he doesn't go 'right throuh' it, part of him will, and you're left with a nasty vet bill to sew him back together. Add to that the fact that your horse is a BLM and has probably never been put on pasture with wire, it sounds like a giant vet bill waiting to happen.
If I remember correctly, this is your first horse, right? It might be a good idea to pick this woman's brain about BLM mustang care, she seems to know what she's talking about, and she also seems kind enough to explain things. Does your horse have a pasture-mate?
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Nope, he's in a large round corral. With the 1x1s he'll be fine right? able to see the fencing? I'm getting 5 1x1s per section so theres no missing them.
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And the wire is coated in thick plastic. It's smooth and not harsh
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Here are the requirements, as per the BLM website:

"Fencing material should be 2x6 inch wooden planks spaced no more than one foot apart, rounded pipes, poles, or similar materials that do not pose a hazard to the animal. Small mesh, heavy gauge, woven wire fencing with a 2x6 inch board along the top, center and bottom is acceptable"
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/requirements.php

1 row of 1x1s won't be adequate. It sounds like you need at LEAST 3 rows of 2x6 boards.
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And the wire is coated in thick plastic. It's smooth and not harsh
Doesn't matter; it slices all the same. Unfortunately I know from first-hand experience. [Not my horse or property, but I was there to see the aftermath.]
Definitely not ok for a BLM mustang.
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Stop!! Please don't jump!
I think I would ask the lady to come by without the horse next time, to spare the horse the hauling. That way she can "pre approve" your fence first.
I wonder if putting some bright colored flags on the wire would help too. I have 5 strand barb-less wire on a 7 acre pasture. I have never had an injury from it. I've gotten more boo-boos from my pipe horse panels and webbed elect. fencing.
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You think he'll go through it?
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Stop!! Please don't jump!
I think I would ask the lady to come by without the horse next time, to spare the horse the hauling. That way she can "pre approve" your fence first.
I wonder if putting some bright colored flags on the wire would help too. I have 5 strand barb-less wire on a 7 acre pasture. I have never had an injury from it. I've gotten more boo-boos from my pipe horse panels and webbed elect. fencing.
ha. I can do that too but with the 1x1s he'll see it.
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Does he have a pasture mate?
Mustangs, even ones that have been in captivity for a year, are still fairly wild. There are reasons for the BLM's regulations. They require planked fences for good reason.
Horses that have been on wire, or understand wire, do ok with it. Horses that have no concept of even really good fencing? Wire is a very poor choice.
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