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post #1 of 2 Old 05-26-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Blind Horse Fencing Question and Ideas

Hi everyone. I am brand new to the forum.
I am adopting a BLIND 11yr old Mare from a shelter. She is fully broke, solid, and very mild tempered.
I currently board another horse at my good friend's stables, and will also be boarding her there.
I am fully prepared for the special needs she will need to have.. but fencing is the ONLY thing I haven't figured out completely.
If this were MY farm, I would absolutely put the money into brand new wooden fencing for the blind mare.. but it is not.. so I am trying to find a less expensive, SAFE fencing alternative for her.
I've read that placing small BELLS on the electric fence may help her learn where the fencing is and keep her from bumping into it and spooking her.
Does anyone here have any experience with blind horses? What are your thoughts? Your opinions are MUCH appreciated.
Thanks for your input.
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-26-2013, 10:26 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I have a blind horse and I would not consider any type of electric fencing for him. He uses his nose to feel things to get his bearings. For instance, he knows the general area of the water trough, but feels with is nose to find it. If he were to touch an electric fence any time he went for water, he would turn into a nervous wreck, maybe stop trying to drink altogether. We have 5 ft No Climb around ours, but that is pretty pricey. To have safe fencing, you are likely looking at a pretty hefty expense. Vinyl or rubber fencing would be good. Maybe you could run a single strand vinyl or rubber fence a couple feet on the inside of the electric so she will stop short of the electric fence? Or several strands of tape fencing that are not electrified. Most blind horses will not push through barriers.

I have heard of people putting a strip of gravel a couple feet wide so that if the footing changes the horse knows to stop, but it would still be expensive, and not something I would trust to work.

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