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    11-13-2012, 07:58 PM
Thanks for the replies! Wow, my DH said he just had to remember to carry his cell to get a pic of that. I was shocked! I told him, DH!, I am not going to twiddle around taking a photo, she could get hurt! He said I didn't have too, but he was going to try, just the same. Soooo, I won't take one...but he might. :)

Lins, they are just standard livestock panels, like not so good pic below.

Jaydee, that story isn't encouraging. :) I might end up having to get "climb proof" overlaying panels before this is over with. The cost of this filly just keeps going up!

Haha, Fly, key word "had".
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    11-13-2012, 08:51 PM
Ah but she's soo cute!
    11-13-2012, 08:59 PM
Yep, "cute" is how she got here...... Oh, when WILL I learn!
    11-13-2012, 10:05 PM
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I just laughed so hard. I tied our haffie to the fence for feeding time because she too is alpha and obcessed with food. Come back and she is hanging over the fence like a dog. She got down, thank god, but you had to believe it to see it.

I'd get a piece of hot tape and run it on the INSIDE on the fence so she can get near it. Set it to "t-rex" and let her zap her little haffie nose really good.
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    11-14-2012, 02:25 AM
Originally Posted by Missy May    
And, I would hate to "punish" my mare w the zap.
The choice might be between broken leg (if she slips and foot goes between pipes on her way down) and a zapped nose. Which will she get over faster? Heck I'd put heat on the whole corral, except it's sitting on the ground...
    11-14-2012, 02:47 AM
I agree with running an electric fence on the inside of the other fence. Make sure the electric strands are close to each other so that she gets shocked in the face or nose. If she can get her head through and then gets hit, she may try and run through the fence.

Really, an electric fence doesn't hurt them, it just makes them mentally afraid of the fence. You can touch it yourself and you will see that it isn't that bad...although, you won't want to touch it again, either .
    11-14-2012, 12:55 PM
You might have to put 'stallion wire', around the inside of the pipe panels. Pretty typical of the breed though, when the thought of food enters their heads. They are incredibly food oriented.

    11-14-2012, 01:39 PM
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Dont be discouraged, most things are fixable.
With our pony it wasnt anything to do with food though - as you can see from the photo she was on good grass, as it turned out I think she was plain bored mostly as she'd previously been kept on a really big acreage in a small herd type situation - she wasnt broke when we got her. When we started working her the desire to get out gradually went away. We sold her on as she was really too big for our little boy (13 hands) and her new owner could do more riding out with her, she did really well in what we call working hunter in the UK. They kept her in normal rail fence and she never tried to climb out again.
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    11-14-2012, 01:47 PM
Good suggestions already, I'd go with no climb since heating it isn't really feasible. She is really cute, totally understand why you got her.
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    11-14-2012, 01:55 PM
Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
You might have to put 'stallion wire', around the inside of the pipe panels. Pretty typical of the breed though, when the thought of food enters their heads. They are incredibly food oriented.

Oh, howdy! She puts her head down in her feed tub and doesn't come up for air!
She is sweet, but I have just never had a horse quite like her and I have had a "few". I keep telling myself, "okay, she is just a baby and has no training". She seems so much older in a lot of ways - she is calm, she somehow become "queen" overnight, etc.,. But, she isn't "in your pocket" - she is "in your face" w no ill intent.
I started her in hand, I tapped her side to get her to go "in" to the "hand" (she stands behind me). She just stood reaction, nada. Okie dokey. MOST 2.5 yo would have gone into the next zipcode w the taps I "turned it up to". Nothing. So, plan "B" - as in a stylized "butt rope" - hasn't been executed , yet. She is a challenge, gandhi style.

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