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        11-03-2013, 04:28 PM
      #301
    Foal
    Electric fence may work.....even a strand or two inside the existing fence. Alot of horses respect elec fencing and won't go near it - and you could fit it in your vehicle. Altho there would be the cost of buying the wire and the box. Is the lady sill planning to come look a her soon? If so, I may be best (and cheaper) to stall her for now.
         
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        11-03-2013, 04:52 PM
      #302
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Yes, some time this week. I'm not so sure she's going to want to buy Kenzie considering that she has proven herself to be a fence jumper though... :/
         
        11-03-2013, 06:04 PM
      #303
    Trained
    What about asking the people with the empty pasture if she can just stay there for a while?
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        11-04-2013, 09:48 PM
      #304
    Teen Forum Moderator
    I asked this evening and unfortunately that is a no-go. The lady was sweet but unable to take on that responsibility at this time because of her work schedule.

    So until then Kenzie is being stalled.

    I feel so terrible, I've really made a mess of all of this. :/ I really should not have bought Kenzie but I was just so sure that I could make her life better. Now she's in a stall that really isn't any bigger than a standing stall, with no turn out because she jumps immediately. And I can't even come out every day to hand walk her. I'm coming every other day and taking her for a long walk to stretch her legs, but I can tell she hates the stall and she has started wind sucking again. The lady who wants to look at her is still coming on Saturday, but there is no guarantee she'll even like her- and then what? Keep stalling my 2 year old filly 24/7? I'm desperately looking for a job but no one is hiring, not even fast food- and I'm running out of money pretty quickly. Sour is now gone so I have some money from her and from selling her harness, but that won't last very long. I want to try the electric fence but family P seems a bit leery of it and I really have no idea how to string it or what to buy. Makes for a stressful situation to say the least.


    Anyways, sorry for the rant...does anyone have suggestions for cheap stall bedding for the time being? I've never stalled a horse before and have no idea what to do to be honest. Tractor Supply's shavings seem like they wouldn't last long and that is a lot of money for one bag if they have to be changed daily.
         
        11-04-2013, 10:19 PM
      #305
    Trained
    She will be fine. It is not going to hurt her to stand in a stall for a couple of weeks. She shouldn't be jumping out all the time. She'll be ok.
         
        11-05-2013, 12:48 AM
      #306
    Weanling
    You have not made a mess of things!

    You have a challenging issue at the moment, but its hopefully fixable. You just sound a bit overwhelmed.

    In the other thread, someone had a good idea of how to put up electric fence, but...
    If you want to try a cheaper option, I'd get plastic electric fence posts, the really lightweight type, use cable ties to attach them to the existing fence, , then get a few rolls of that fluro coloured, plastic ribbon stuff that surveyors and builders use and run that instead of electric fence tape. It may be all that is needed and if she does jump through it, it should break easily and not injure her.

    My hesitation on the electric fence itself is that unless she has dealt with one on the ground and knows to stay away from it, its not going to be effective. She might try to jump through it, and in that case she will not be earthed so won't get a zap, a bit like when you grab one with rubber boots on, you might get a bit of a tingle if the boots are wet, but it doesn't hurt. However if she jumps and gets tangled, that tape is quite strong and might injure her, especially if its zapping her and she panics etc etc. Worst case scenario I know, but possible if things go bad.

    Just my opinion though, and I am a worrier so take that into account
         
        11-05-2013, 08:48 AM
      #307
    Teen Forum Moderator
    That's a good idea Vicki rose...any idea where you get that kind of tape? Home depot or something, maybe?

    She's never been around electric tape, so this would be a first for her. I didn't even think about the fact that she wouldn't know to respect it and try to jump anyways...good point!
         
        11-05-2013, 06:19 PM
      #308
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Here are some pictures of Miss-Kenzie-the-runty-eventer-wannabe ;)

    I seriously can't stay mad at her, even though she's making things oh so difficult for me. I have to say though, she is not very helpful when cleaning her stall. O_o She follows me every step and has to sniff eat piece of poop I shovel, tries to eat the shavings, tries to pick the bag up in her teeth...what a goof ball xD I'm glad she feels good and doesn't seem overly annoyed with my for stalling her. She looks pretty good to me weight-wise too.

    I bought shavings that are pine and 'the perfect blend of small and medium flakes.' Hopefully they're good enough. GEEZ they're expensive though...I was only able to pick up 3 bags and it cost me $22. She's going to go through them fast too because she is apparently a messy housekeeper. Her entire stall is her toilet unlike some of those horses that you hear of who pee/poop in one corner, and I swear she pees like crazy.

    More bad news though, she is biting down on the stall doors and windows to windsuck and making marks all over them, and family P is (rightfully) NOT impressed. I think they're pretty much at breaking point with her because they literally just built this stall and obviously don't want it eaten by vice-horse over here. Any ideas of something to put on them to keep her from biting down on it? Something nasty maybe?

    They've pretty much said she can stay until the lady and her trainer come to see her (they plan to come Saturday) but if the lady turns her down I need to find another place to keep Kenzie. So I've already begun my search. Obviously I really can't afford board right now, but I'm searching mega-hard for a job and I've been going around to different stables trying to get someone to let me work for discounted board. I am very capable of handling pretty much any type of horse, am very willing to clean stalls/tack/whatever, know how to repair most fences, can feed, catch, turn out, etc- horses...you'd think it would be easy to find a place, but it isn't.

    However, I did find one possible prospect today by accident. I actually got lost (heh...) on the way back from a feed store I don't usually go to and saw a sign for horse boarding and figured I might as well write down the number and call. So I did, and they are actually SUPER cheap compared to most places. The average is $200 for self care pasture board, but this place is only $150 for self care pasture board on a 22 acre property with GRASS (rare here, seriously) and not many boarders. They also have an arena and round pen, not that I need those things, and the owner actually seems really sweet. I haven't asked about bringing the board down by working out there yet, but I did schedule a time to go out and view the place/talk to her and it sounds pretty promising. It is also 10 minutes away from my house versus the 30 minutes of Family P, which makes it easier to get out there and less gas too. She could be turned out either with mares or with the farm's 2 weanling foals, whichever she got along with better. 24/7 pasture and hay.

    But of course, at the moment I really only have about 2...maybe 3 months worth of board at normal price saved up...so I'd really be chancing it to take her there. There is no guarantee I'll have a job by then. What other choice do I have though, honestly? O_o


    ANYWAYS, enough rambling. Here are the pictures. She's wet in half of them because I took her for a walk and we got caught in the rain. The picture of the fence is the one she jumped.
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        11-05-2013, 07:24 PM
      #309
    Weanling
    She's looking great these days!

    Does the place you accidentally found have high fences? :)

    Even though it wouldn't be perfect at least it's another option. Hoping it all goes well when the lady stops by to check her out, but I'm glad you're looking at other options as well.
         
        11-05-2013, 07:32 PM
      #310
    Teen Forum Moderator
    According to them, yes. Same type of fencing as she is in now, (no climb horse mesh) but a little over 5 ' tall. I haven't seen it for myself yet though, so I guess I'll see when I get there for the 'tour' of the place. I told them she was a jumper and that is why I'm looking for a new place, and they said it should be no problem and that they'd never had a horse jump yet- but I won't hold my breath until I see it xD The entire farm is closed in by 5 1/2 ft tall wooden fences though, so hopefully even if she did jump out of a pasture she would be contained....maybe. Haha.

    Ideally the lady who is coming to see Kenzie will love her and want to buy her for sure. It sounds like she would make a decent home for her and has the knowledge to care for her property. I'm one of those extreme worrier must-have-5-backup-plans type people though...as I'm sure all of you have noticed xD

    One question regarding the bedding. How deep is it supposed to be? I didn't want to put more than I have to, so I can go deeper if I need to, but I only put about 1 1/2" down; enough to make it cushier than the ground and to soak up pee, but nothing luxurious. I have no idea how much is 'normal' though.
         

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