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post #1 of 12 Old 01-28-2013, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Lake used for watering and natural barrier?

I am new to the forum but have been reading for quite some time and have learned a great deal. Thank you all.

I am getting our new farm to bring our horses. There is a rather large lake (~ 4 acres) on the property and due to location it would make sense to use as a natural watering hole and barrier from rest of the property. Does anyone have suggestions regarding fencing or other issues or concerns?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-28-2013, 11:56 PM
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Horses can swim ;) and there may or may not be laws regarding livestock on natural water. I'd suggest, just to be safe, find an area next to the lake say, idk, a hundred foot off the shore and dig a basin. Then it's man made and seperate and can be fenced in. Should please the DNR, but look and see what the laws are!
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The lake was made by previous owner and is completely surrounded by my property so would not expect legal issues.

Would it be likely for horses to swim across the lake if they have adequate pasture where they are? Does the water make introducing horse(s) to herd and new pasture more of a concern?
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The lake was made by previous owner and is completely surrounded by my property so would not expect legal issues.

Would it be likely for horses to swim across the lake if they have adequate pasture where they are? Does the water make introducing horse(s) to herd and new pasture more of a concern?
I wish we had a lake or pond on our property, the horses would love it! Horses can swim and they will go in on hot days to cool off too. Did the original owers who made the lake have horses/cows? If it's all fenced in I don't think it would be a problem but I would just keep an eye on the horses for awhile to make sure...btw welcome to the forum!

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We have a tiny lake/large pond at the bottom of our big hill in our pasture..While it's not a barrier, the horses would much rather walk down there and drink than come into the run-in and drink from the water trough. I've never seen or heard of them coming in wet from swimming in it voluntarily, so I would imagine unless there's something just so utterly enticing that they can't stand themselves that it could be a relatively effective barrier. I wouldn't risk putting a stud/solitary horse on one side and a herd on the other though.
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That's up to each individual horse. Some love to swim. I think having the large water source would be great for any of them. But does it freeze over? How far out into the water would you fence?
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Just so y'all know, I'm picturing three fences then the lake as the fourth. Using the lake as a fence. I might be reading into it wrong though
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That's up to each individual horse. Some love to swim. I think having the large water source would be great for any of them. But does it freeze over? How far out into the water would you fence?
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Thanks for all the replies. Does not freeze over and yes the lake nearly spans the width of property (30 ac total) and would be putting short fence/gates on each side to access back pasture.
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I am soooo not a science based person, but doesn't the water have to be moving for it to be safe to drink?
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I am soooo not a science based person, but doesn't the water have to be moving for it to be safe to drink?

Don't think so. This water is deemed a lake since plant life cannot grow throughout (I think I got that right). It is always quite clear with no algae issues.....which is nice.
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