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post #1 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oh My Goodness... Kind scary

LOL! I bought my sister a horse not too long ago. His name is Bruticus. He is a 7yo 15.2hh standardbred gelding who just finished racing. This morning he decided he wanted to be closer tot he house... So he jumps the fence into the house yard ... HE JUMPED THE BARB WIRE FENCE KEEPING HIM IN HIS PADDOCK!!! Incredable . Just thought id share .

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 09:16 PM
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that isn't just "kinda" scary - that is a disaster waiting to happen. I hope you're able to figure something out to keep him safely contained.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:11 PM
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What a great sister! But, barb wire really isn't the best fencing. But, sometimes you gotta go with what you got! Got some photos of Bruticus??
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just to clarify, They live in the middle of nowhere and there is always someone home. So if he did get out it wouldnt be a big deal. Also, he FREAKS out if he cant see the neighboughs horse so he would go very far at all. The only concern is him not making it and catching the fence with his leg. I HATE barb wire! But that is all there is out there and its WAY too much to replace. If he does it again then the top wire will be replaced with plain wire in the main places... There isnt really anythng that can be done. The gate from his paddocks into the house yard have been open, so he doesnt have any reason to jump again. I just wanted to share... ive never heard of this happening before... I do have a few photos, Ill see if I can find them :)

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some pics of him :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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They are moving in about 4 months so Bruticus will be moved to a safer paddock :)

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:36 PM
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I agree. You need to deal with this. Can you put a few hot wires in the fencing with one nice and high??? Replacing all the barb wire might be too costly to do depending on the size of your fields, but strategically placed hot wires will help. Run it on out-sticks to make the fence wider as well as taller and walk your horse all around the perimeter. See if he knows what electric fencing is -- does he avoid it? If not, he needs to feel it. Set him up for a touch. A couple zaps is often enough.

If he's not going to respect that, you may be looking at a very expensive re-fencing job :(
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:37 PM
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Sorry, we posted almost the same time. Still in four months a lot can happen. You need to find an interim fix.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-23-2011, 10:52 PM
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Take my word for it, once they learn they can jump the fence and get out, they will do it again and again. My heart horse Sparky jumped out of his paddock form the time he was two until a week before he passed away from cancer at 29. We tried every fence combination known to man. Our place was like Fort Knox, with 5 and a half foot no climb topped with electric, and he still would find a way. I would do whatever you can to nip this in the bud now. All it will take is another accidental escape or two and you (or they) will spend forever trying to keep him up.

He is absolutely beautiful, BTW.

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-24-2011, 01:22 PM
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The concern is not about him getting out - rather that he is jumping over barbed wire. Someone being home won't keep him from doing serious damage to himself if/when he tries it one too many times and meets that wire.
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