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        03-14-2013, 08:00 AM
    Originally Posted by Clava    
    Reading this thread makes me so glad that mine live out 24/7.
    Definitely! Of my own, I only have the old man in at night (even though he is 31 I don't trust him not to try to visit the girls, he was a fence jumper in his younger days. If the fence charger were to quit, no doubt he would still consider it, the old fart!) But my own aside, I always have outside horses in for training that would need to be pulled out.
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        03-14-2013, 08:14 AM
    Jillybean is correct regarding the non burnability of mohair or any wool for that matter. I've tried to burn wool - doesn't happen.
        03-14-2013, 08:28 AM
    See post below.
        03-14-2013, 08:35 AM
    Since my original intention was to post something in the classified section and this got taken more or less off track and moved, I'm going to go start a new thread more appropriate for the discussion of fire safety rather than just my mohair halters ;)
        03-14-2013, 09:10 AM
    I heard before that horses will not move out of their stall if the barn is on fire unless you cover their eyes with something (towel, shirt..). I am not sure if this is true or not...

    On another note, I'd like to add that I will NEVER put a nylon halter on any of my horses. This is a life lesson my family learned the hard way. We had a colt bording on a farm. My father's rule was to always remove the halters when the horses were in the paddock or in their stall. The barn owner did not listen, left the colt in the paddock outside with the nylon halter, it got caught on a long bolt that was coming out of a post to hold the gate, the colt pulled and pulled and pulled.... no one saw what happened until it was too late. The colt sliced his throat and the end..... horrific experience. I'm the one who got the call from the farm, went there as soon as it happened... I can not unsee what I saw that day... I'll always use a leather halter, something breakable in case of an emergency. It is more expensive, but well worth paying for it if you ask me...
        03-14-2013, 11:26 AM
    Green Broke
    ^^^^no leaving halters on here, either. I learned that from my granddad many years ago.

    His horses were on 50 acres and his theory was "if you can't catch the horse without a halter, maybe you need to forget about riding today and do something else --- there's plenty of work that needs done around here"

    Regarding horses not leaving a burning barn unless they are blind-folded; I have also heard that. I have no idea if there's truth to it and hope I never find out.

    My barn is only 24, x 40, so only has a narrow escape aisle; barely room for them to turn around.

    My horse have always been good about understanding my sense of urgency for something. I can only hope if I were in this situation, they would listen to my loud voice and flailing arms when I say "move em out - NOW!". "move em out" is what they all know and comprehend when it's time for turnout.

    Once they would get thru the paddock gate into the pasture, hopefully Mr. WTW would have the presence of mind to re-close the paddock gate so they couldn't get near the barn.
        03-14-2013, 11:36 AM
    I did not think of forest fires, you are right wow I am sorry this is still a good topic
        03-14-2013, 03:19 PM
    Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
    Anyone that boards and everyone that needs to worry about forest fires, needs to make sure their horse can load quickly.
    You also need to think about ride/walk out routes. For instance, my friend (who boards my horse) had four horses, but only a two-horse trailer. Their place is surrounded by forest, so the evacuation plan was to ride/pony a short distance over the hill to a large open meadow. She would ride & pony them over the route several times a year, so that it would be familiar.
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        03-14-2013, 04:30 PM
    A number of years ago we had a transformer on the powerline by the highway blow. This is also right next to our pasture. The resulting fireball sufficiently scared all our horses to the point where any horse that was in that pasture will not for love or money go into the area where the fireball was. Our one gelding will just stand in one corner at the farthest end when in that pasture. In the space of two years he had a car come through the fence (for a horse that's afraid of tractors that was a big deal) and then this fire ball. I can't image how they would handle a genuine barn fire. They would never approach the barn again!

    I agree that when possible halters should be left off. Then we had the car come through the fence and 8 horses escaped sans halters. The police showed up sirens and lights blazing. This resulted in a thrilling chase 5 miles down the highway, dodging both laypersons and the odd 18 wheeler till the horses split off to a quiet country road. Where they could be corralled, haltered and trailered back home. Now the horses wear halters. You have to weigh the consequences of halters vs no halter.

    The best thing in the end is having a plan. You don't want to be sitting there at 2 am trying to figure out what you are going to do.
        03-14-2013, 04:39 PM
    The horse trailer is always ready to go in the event of a forest fire. Barn fire? They'd run out on their own as they aren't locked in and go in and out as they please.

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