My horse doesn't understand hotwire. Need serious help!
So, on Saturday I turned my new 3 year old, Thurston, out for his first turn-out at his new barn. I spent a few minutes walking him around the perimeter of hotwire fencing. He seemed calm and relaxed so I took his halter off. He immediately walked over to the fence and leaned on it, which shocked him. After the shock he bolted and ran through 2 fences, and hurt himself (minor leg and chest cuts/scrapes, and pulled a bunch of muscles in his neck when he "fell" trying to get over the second fence). Mind you, he did not jump over these fences, he did not slow down, nothing. Just bashed straight through them. He seems to be doing ok with various first aid things, bute for pain, icing his pulled muscles, etc. My biggest concern now that he has come through the worst of it and is healing, is what I do in the future. How do I ever turn him out? He's 3 and will be a HUGE pest if he has to stand in his stall all the time. What do I do? How do you train horses to stay in fencing. I took him back to the pasture this morning while hand walking him, and led him around it, and he doesn't seem to have any specific issues with fear of the pasture (even after taking a nasty spill and landing on his head) or anything. Any suggestions, ideas? And also, how do I ever feel ok letting him try again? I am serious traumatized by this whole thing, and he is back to being a feisty 3 year old, with no apparent effects (other than his physical injuries). Thanks for any help!