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    01-05-2012, 01:48 PM
  #1
Weanling
New horse keeps escaping from field advice needed please

I have had my new horse for around three weeks now. When he first arrived I put him in a little paddock alongside another field with three other horses in as I didn't want him to just be let straight in with the others and thought he could get to know them over the fence line. That first night he was very anxious running up and down the fence line constantly in the morning he had broken the fence and was in with the other three horses. He quickly established himself as herd leader and he was settling nicely I have been handling him on the ground and he's had his shoes removed and feet trimmed as he will be doing little road work through the winter. He is a very dominant horse and has tried to drag me when leading (He was owned previously by a young girl and I feel he has been allowed to get away with things like snatching for grass). I have established some manners with him but this last couple of days he has broken the fencing and jumped out into the yard even after repairing the fencing he has broken through again and again the last couple of days. I am going to try putting electric fencing up but if he is barging through wood will he just ignore the electric fencing? Also is this a respect issue in general, that he is not respective full of any kind of boundaries set? Or could this be him trying to settle in? All advice welcome as I can't keep replacing the fencing it's not my property. Oh and i've even contacted the previous owner and queries whether this is something he has done before and also contacted the owner previous to them and they have both said it has never happened before. He isn't hungry as he is on 24 hour turnout plus hay twice a day.














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    01-05-2012, 01:56 PM
  #2
Trained
If your horse is a stallion that would explain escaping
If your horse is a gelding he is just the dominant type you
Have to show him you are the leader and not him,

Also that he was owned by a young girl before explains some of his behavior
You have to right off show you are the leader and not him

Hope this helps some. Good luck
     
    01-05-2012, 02:12 PM
  #3
Started
That stinks higher fencing and use a thick white electric tape so it is visible. If he is barging thru it. I would put it about 6-7 inches inside the fencing closer to the horse and when he tries to go thru he will get a shock and will hopefully stop barging. Then when he respects it then move the white tape between your regular fencing and as the top strand.

And for the first time I would make sure the electric was to the fullest so he learned very quickly that he will suffer so back off. It might sound harsh and sorry if it upsets anyone but once should be enough to deter him from barging.
     
    01-05-2012, 02:43 PM
  #4
Weanling
He is a gelding but was gelded late (5 years) from the information I have on his passport. The first time I handled him he tried to drag me when leading him so I made it very clear that it wasn't acceptable, he hasn't done it since. I haven't come across anything yet that I feel needs fixing up apart from the snatching for grass but we have made a start on that issue he did it once and I swung the rope just in front of his nose and he ignored me so I swung it again and it connected with him. He wasn't impressed at being told he couldn't eat grass whenever he felt like it but he hasn't done it again so far. Also I haven't rode him yet as I wanted to establish that i'm the leader could he be bored as the girl rode him most days? I actually knew this horse before I bought him I knew his owner before the people that I bought him from and she never had any problem with him escaping and he was great in traffic and just a generally great horse she had started western shows with him and he got resesrve champ at his first beginner class. I passed him in my 4x4 jeep many times while she was hacking him and I never once saw him snatch for grass or even bat an eyelid at anything even tractors wagons etc. I took him for a walk in hand and a wagon approached it was going quite fast and he scurried away from it which I wasn't expecting as i've never seen him do that before. The girl I got him off hasn't hacked him on the roads for 6 months (just round her farm) as she is on a main busy road. Can they develop a fear of say wagons by not coming into contact with them for a few months? I was hoping that a good jolt from an electric fence would deter him. I have all the equipment for it I just need to put it up but wasn't sure whether he would just ignore the jolt and plough right through it?
     
    01-05-2012, 02:56 PM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by netty83    
he is a gelding but was gelded late (5 years) from the information I have on his passport. The first time I handled him he tried to drag me when leading him so I made it very clear that it wasn't acceptable, he hasn't done it since. I haven't come across anything yet that I feel needs fixing up apart from the snatching for grass but we have made a start on that issue he did it once and I swung the rope just in front of his nose and he ignored me so I swung it again and it connected with him. He wasn't impressed at being told he couldn't eat grass whenever he felt like it but he hasn't done it again so far. Also I haven't rode him yet as I wanted to establish that i'm the leader could he be bored as the girl rode him most days? I actually knew this horse before I bought him I knew his owner before the people that I bought him from and she never had any problem with him escaping and he was great in traffic and just a generally great horse she had started western shows with him and he got resesrve champ at his first beginner class. I passed him in my 4x4 jeep many times while she was hacking him and I never once saw him snatch for grass or even bat an eyelid at anything even tractors wagons etc. I took him for a walk in hand and a wagon approached it was going quite fast and he scurried away from it which I wasn't expecting as i've never seen him do that before. The girl I got him off hasn't hacked him on the roads for 6 months (just round her farm) as she is on a main busy road. Can they develop a fear of say wagons by not coming into contact with them for a few months? I was hoping that a good jolt from an electric fence would deter him. I have all the equipment for it I just need to put it up but wasn't sure whether he would just ignore the jolt and plough right through it?
Hope you are able to get some profsssoinal help
     
    01-05-2012, 03:10 PM
  #6
Weanling
I have a trainer who works with me and supports me
     

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