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        12-07-2011, 02:23 PM
    Green Broke
    At my wits end.

    Not sure if many people remember.but we moved to a previous pasture to a new one.

    We are renting the whole thing (not sure how many acres) for 100 a month. It easily keeps our horses without the grass dying though.

    After we finally moved our horses to this new pasture, a guy perked up who said he "owned" part of the pasture. And said it was ok if we had our horses there.. I think he is senile or something. Because he tells us there will be hunters there, but they can still be there. About 2 weeks later he says we need to put up a fence through half of his "property" that is in the fenced in pasture. Ok so we do that. To keep the horses out of the hunter's corn. After that happens about 2 weeks later he says he doesn't want horses eating his bark... (the horses have grass and we even checked the trees.. they arn't eating his bark..) but we then move the fence ALL the way off his property. He had a fake property line so we are about 5 foot from his real property line which limits our horses flat ground as now most of it is hills. Aside from that we put up that square fencing. Used a tractor to get it all tight and such.

    Now they have been in this fine peachy keen for about 2 months aside from a spot with higher fencing where the 2 smaller horses duck under and get on his land occasionally. Maybe happened like 6 times in 2 months. We immedietly got them out, no harm to the land, themselves or the fence. We finally got that ptached up. And now for the last 2 weeks. They have constantly been attempting to jump this 4.5 foot tall square fencing and running through it. And they have been successful. Our fencing is basically ruined. We don't know what to do about it. I'm not sure WHY they all of a sudden are going through the fence. Originally I thought maybe something was scaring them, or someone was scaring them? However. WHY through the fence? I don't know. Our litle 4 year old mare has both of her back feet caught in the squares. Luckily is a saint, and we were told she stood there for hours before someone finally called us and told us she was stuck. We've since reput it up put in more poles to make it more sturdy and they are STILL going through. Mom wants to put a strand of barbed wire across the top, however if they are really trying to free willy this fence, then that's going to end up bad. The fence is flagged. They have grass, they have hay, and the get grain daily. They know the fence is there, they were fine with it for 2 whole months. I'm not sure who is crossing first and tearing it down. But it is in multiple spots.. I suggested a hot wire alogn the top of that section of fencing. Will that work? Does the wire have to go in a complete circle back to the box for that to work correctly. Or can we just put it on one line of fence? Please help! I'd really hate to move again after we finally got all this fencing put up and settled in.

    I do have pictures I took today when I went up to check them all out, my mustang had a small knick on her front leg on her pastern. But other then that everyone was in perfect shape.
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        12-07-2011, 02:27 PM
    Green Broke
    Pictures of this fence.
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        12-07-2011, 02:28 PM
    Green Broke
    The 2nd to the last picture shows they DO have grass. But since they have been on it, it is that dead brown color, unlike the more alive grass on the other side of the fence.
        12-07-2011, 02:31 PM
    I'd go to the land title's office and see who owns what. We get people making all kinds of claims during hunting season as they charge the hunters a good dollar to hunt private land.
        12-07-2011, 02:36 PM
    It looks like they have the pasture pretty much grazed down to nubs and they are looking for something better to eat.

    Pretty normal.

    Add that you allowed them to escape quite frequently (six times over two months is quite frequently) so they learned that they can get out.

    Solar chargers tend to give one shock and only one good shock, then they have to recharge to give another good shock. I am guessing if you invest in a solar charger your horses will continue to teach themselves that escaping is pretty darn easy.

    Get a plug in charger and find a source to plug it into and wire it per the instructions.

    And please put caps on your t-posts.
        12-07-2011, 02:51 PM
    Green Broke
    Always, caps are definitely comming, we have a 10 mile solar charged electric fence box, but we wwere confused as to if you needed a complete path or if just a single line would be fine? If it would we can definitely get that done as soon as tomorrow. We have no shed or anything to cover one that isn't really for out doors, near that part of the fence.
        12-07-2011, 03:19 PM
    Look the brand and model of your charger up online and find the installation instructions. It will tell you better what your particular charger requires. No one here can tell you.

    My current charger does not require a loop. I had a charger way back when that did require a loop.

    All I know is, if I had horses going over my fence and I had T-posts I would be buying caps sooner than later. You are just begging for a tragic accident.
        12-07-2011, 03:48 PM
    Green Broke
    I plan on buying some, but i'm only making about 15-30 dollars a week on my part time job. But I am working on it. I'll look up my box, hopefully it doesn't require a loop.
        12-07-2011, 04:26 PM
    Since, "I can not afford to" is your answer to just about every problem that comes up with your horses have you considered that maybe having a whole group of horses is not wise at this point in your life?

    If you can not afford a few t-post caps how will you be able to afford the vet bill when one of them gets impaled on the fence?
        12-07-2011, 07:04 PM
    That's a really unsafe fence anyway, with those perfectly hoof-sized holes. I'd rip the whole thing out and put in electric.

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