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post #11 of 19 Old 08-30-2012, 01:52 AM
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Thats why you put fences up with a 3 foot or so set back. Its your fence, redo it 3 foot off the property line.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-30-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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That wouldn't accomplish anything.

The neighbor's "fence" is single strand of wire tied to my corner posts. If I moved my fence, he'd just re-tie his to my posts, have 3 more feet of pasture and as CO is a Fence Out state, there is nothing I could do about it.
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hadnt thought about the fence out differences out west. it's fence in here, youd have to back off your fence then run something cheap like barb wire on the property line
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Western states are 'open range' states. When I lived in Western Colorado we knew a man that had a big ranch ans sold off 35 acre 'ranchettes' that were circles that did not touch each other. He 'said' this was to keep anyone from building and blocking the view of other buyers. This 'trick' meant that buyers had to fence a round area where it was impossible to stretch any kind of wire fence to keep the seller's cattle out. He sold the land and still got to graze all of the grass.

Back to OP -- Actually, 'sparring' is normal gelding activity and not necessarily an indicator of high testosterone levels. It is more often (not always ) a dominant horse, particularly one that has a mare for a pasture mate or friend. They are 'guarding' their mare, but they usually do not have high testosterone levels unless they have a retained testicle. When horses are across fences from each other, they are very apt to kick a hind foot through or hang a front foot when they paw and strike out or rear at each other.

Unless we are running a breeding stud on pasture with mares, we have always just put a hot wire on top of the fence. We have never had to set the fence back. They always bite at each other first and do other sparring moves that make them touch the hot wire and the sparring match is all over before it starts.

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I had a similar issue with my "studdy" gelding and "floozy" mare lol I had their pastures separated with fencing like yours, 5 ft No Climb on capped T posts and a regular ranch gate in between. Well that didnt work as one night my mare rammed open the gate, bent it all the way around to get to her man (oh boy what a way to wake up! Not pretty!) and she was pushing that whole fence down previously shoving her butt into. I put up another set of Capped T posts four feet out on her side with electric tape tied into my barn electricity and have not had a single issue since. Soon as the jucie was turned on she knew it. She wont get within two feet of the tape. Problem solved :) Also wiht the electric tape you can set the T Posts further apart than regular fencing so you dont need too many extras to get that done.
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Back to OP -- Actually, 'sparring' is normal gelding activity and not necessarily an indicator of high testosterone levels. It is more often (not always ) a dominant horse, particularly one that has a mare for a pasture mate or friend. They are 'guarding' their mare, but they usually do not have high testosterone levels unless they have a retained testicle. When horses are across fences from each other, they are very apt to kick a hind foot through or hang a front foot when they paw and strike out or rear at each other.
I'm sure this is what we are looking at. My gelding has a mare for a companion and the gelding over the fence (who I found out was used as a breeding stud for 12 years and then gelded, he's now in his 20's) has 3 mares with him.

Oh and there's now a Mule (yearling I would guess?) over there as well! No idea if it's male or female but DANG it is noisy!!
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Get a good tape electric fence and put it on top of the tposts. Keep it on and unless you or your neighbor has very stupid horses, one jolt and they will stay back.
We had issues with the neighbors horses and mules breaking down our fence and one time they beat up one of our geldings. We finally got a good solar charging fence(which even worked during wyoming winters) and used tape on the top of the tposts... As soon as we turned it on, we turned the horses back into the pasture and here came the neighbor horses and mules. One mule stuck his head over the fence, got zapped in the head and ran backwards snorting. One gelding came up and stuck his nose on the tape, got the same zap. Only my mare was stupid enough to touch the white tape, it zapped her....... After that first five minutes, all the horses on both sides would stay at least 3 foot away from the fence, no closer. Could not even entice them with grain to get closer. As long as they heard the "click" of the fence, they never got close.
We could actually use the white tape elsewhere, like around the trees and the horses would not get close to the tape at all.
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Sounds like you didn't pick your neighbors very well

But seriously, I don't think it will stop unless you make it impossible for the two Casanovas to touch each other, even only nose on nose.
And even then they might be still running the fence constantly.
I used to have a barn at a big Standie breeder who had long narrow paddocks with 12' distance and high electric fencing and he still had problems having two stallions next to each other. They did their own training in there, even without mares anywhere near.
It would help if your neighbor would put up some extra fence on his side, too. Any chance of that?
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The property next door is a rental. Considering the last folks were fresh out of jail and way, way, way beyond creepy, I'll take these!

They actually are good neighbors, our kids are good friends and their mares are deadbroke, bombproof, ancient ones that they are letting my girls ride but I highly doubt they will be doing any fencing.

Considering it's a rental though, you never know whose going to move in next or what kind of animals they'll have, so I want to beef up my fence until I KNOW my horse will be safe as fencing is going to be cheaper than all these vet bills!!
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