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post #1 of 11 Old 11-19-2008, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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those darn horses!!!

ggrrr i've had it!!!.... i spent a week building a pasture so my horses could have more room to run and graze, one week of digging hole's, dragging t posts and log's, untangling hot wire and barb wire and dragging in water worked all of a month before the devils got out!!!.
abby first decoverd that my hot wire wasn't really hot yet (haven't doug trenches to berry hot wire yet) and broke the 2nd and 3rd strand of hot wire that i had at the gate, and let her self out and walked in to our back field....had to hunt her down in my p.j's and our 4 wheeler at 1 a.m for that........nothing happend for a week daughter came in one day and said that there was horse poop in the front yard....called the neighbour to see if it was her horses...nope....go out and check on mine.....GONE......found them in a field about 20 mins later down the road....saturday went to the kitchen sink to do some dishes and looked out to find abby grazzing in the back just stood at the fence whinning for abby.....last night i was a little behind on chorse and left star in the pasture on his own (that's where i feed him so abby doen't eat his grain) and asked my daughter to bring him to the pen for the night......sarah opens the front door to find star just standing there at our door step (trying to figure out how to swipe the pumkin of the step).
i'm at my witzs end trying to keep these 2 horses happy, hay and toy's aren't enough!!! right now my pen has cattle pannels and rail road ties to keep them in, my pasture has barb wire and hot wire there (never left in over night) i was thinking of changing it to wood rails but star would just crib on is becomming more of a pain the but then abby...if he get's bord of bugging the dog's (the dog run is on the side of the garage which backs on to the pasture) he'll jump the fence and come to the back yard to graze.......i am getting so tired of this!!! right now they only get to go in it when some one is out side but the moment they loose sight of you there out of the pasture...........we're spending sunday putting up a real gate and digging trenches for the hot wire in order to keep every thing hot!!! if that doesn't work i'm at a loss!!

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-19-2008, 01:48 PM
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Patience KT... You get that fence hot and I bet you're problem with the escape artists will be over.

When you do get it hot. Pour yourself a hot cup of joe and watch the horses figure out that the wire it hot. <evil grin> It will make you feel better for having to be hunting for them at 1 am in your jammies!!!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 12:20 AM
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I feel your pain, although not with horses.

Our yellow lab is Houdini incarnate. Last winter he would climb the fence when ever he would see my husband. He'd climb it and come to the front deck and look in our living room windows.

We tried digging around the fence to make 'lower' for him, we tried staking him out, and waiting for him to climb it, and then shock the crap outta him with the shock collar, AND we tried staking down the bottom of the fence as well.

Finally I had enough! I ORDERED the ole man to fleet farm to get some hot wire. He wired up the dog's fenced in yard in the dead of winter No more than 5 mins after he had come in after finishing the last touches we hear a :


I'm sorry, but I was so frustrated with that dog, I was just a bit satisfied when I heard him yelp. So, now, we dont need to keep the fence on all of the time, and if he's going to escape, he's going to do it a different way, he knows better than to go over the top.

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 12:25 AM
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I also feel for you. Our colt, gets out our our hot wire field daily. I finally had to put him into a panel pen because I don't want to have to worry about him. I feel bad though because he could have so much more room.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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hhhmmm shock collar on a horse?.....i'm going nutz wtih this, he was in the front yard again tonight!!! thank god he has a dog tag with his name and number it on his halter.

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 09:37 AM
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You know... What about those invisible fences they have for dogs, but for horses?! I'm pretty sure it would be expensive, they'd have to make the collars bigger, and you'd have to get the kind of shock collar that would continually shock the horse til it came back within the fence.. LOL Crazy.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 09:59 AM
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When I bought April she had never been in a hot wire fence. She walked through it like nothing (we just had a single strand) So we took and made like a 20x20 (give or take) pen in the yard... had all of the juice going into it. Since it wasnt a big area she couldnt get a running start or anything. She bumped into that... she has never touched a fence since. The respect it, usually the only time they got out would be if the neighbors cattle got out and ran through it, or deer ran through it (the fence would be into the pasture... not out)

April will jump gates sometimes though, like the 4 footers, she has a decent mark on her leg from not totally making it once (and a bent up panel)... but she is cautious of a little stranded fence... go figure

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by KANSAS_TWISTER View Post
hhhmmm shock collar on a horse?...
There is a shock collar for horses out there. It's called the Vicebreaker.

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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my kids are starting to look better behaived then my horse!!! i just feed them a hour ago and star (a incredietbley slow eater) was not done by the time all my barn chorse were done, so i came in the house to warm up, with in 5 minutes my husband was telling me that star was grazing in the back this point i'm just thinking of putting a cattle grade at the end of the drive way and hope the horses wont go down in the ditches!!!!

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 08:40 PM
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Oooohhh the shock collar for horses!!! My barn manager has one just in case. I have only seen her use it one time. Some boarders had several horses they wanted together, but one large gelding would always get extremely nasty at dinnertime and conventional methods of getting him to calm were tried with no success. She put that collar on him (with owners permission of course!) and the next time the gelding went to take a chunk out of another horse he got a bit of a shock. It only took two or three times before he mellowed out and calmed down. No problems after that!

It was fun to watch in an evil sort of way!
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