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    06-06-2013, 06:50 PM
  #1
Yearling
My horse is sitting on gates and fencelines.

So. That sounds really weird, but she is, and I have no idea why or how to stop it.

Yesterday when I went out to get her, she was sitting (leaning back and resting her butt on) the gate. Which obviously is not okay - we don't want her taking down the gate with her big butt, so I shooed her away, haltered her and brought her in.

Today, when I let her back out, the first thing she did? Turned around and sat on the gate. Again, I smacked her butt and shooed her off. So she went to the fenceline which IS hot as far as I know - but not much at all, if it is anymore. I grabbed it once, got a tiny shock equivalent to getting a shock from a doorknob while wearing wool socks.

So, she SITS ON THE FENCE. Absolutely not okay. I chase her off, and she slinks right back - to the post this time. Fine, the post is cemented in. She scratches her butt for what had to be around ten minutes- and then shifted and sat on the fenceline.

I can understand butt scratching to an extent. We all have itchy butts at one point or another. But she's scratching for SO long (and making hilarious faces) - and what's up with sitting on the fences?! I was in the pasture with her for over a half hour and the WHOLE time, unless I was chasing her away, she was butt itching or fence sitting.

My first thought was maybe she's got a rash back there, and it's itchy. I looked (and took a picture, but unless someone wants to see it I won't attach it) and looks all normal. My second thought was maybe she's in heat and rubbing her behind on the fenceline is something to do with that? From the way the boys have been acting around her, I'd guess she is, but she's not showing the normal signs of being in heat - tail flagging, squirting, winking.

Attached are two pictures of her sitting on the fence. There's also a video of her scratching her butt/almost fence sitting - and shows how fast she goes right back after I chase her off. This is a very recent occurrence, she's never done it before. Is it normal? Why on earth would she want to do this? The LAST thing I need it to be paying for new fences for the barn owner.

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    06-06-2013, 07:08 PM
  #2
Weanling
1) I really love your video camera. It looks really cool. Sorry had to say that.

2) Fence must not be strong enough. I would go around to make sure nothing is touching the electric wire ex. Grass, twigs, etc... Double check your wiring on your fencer. Is it a low fencer anyways? We have a pretty powerful fencer, you touch ours and you will jump like you are a kangaroo.

That's the only thing I can suggest to get her off the fence.
     
    06-06-2013, 07:14 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Thrill Ride    
1) I really love your video camera. It looks really cool. Sorry had to say that.

2) Fence must not be strong enough. I would go around to make sure nothing is touching the electric wire ex. Grass, twigs, etc... Double check your wiring on your fencer. Is it a low fencer anyways? We have a pretty powerful fencer, you touch ours and you will jump like you are a kangaroo.

That's the only thing I can suggest to get her off the fence.
My video camera? Like, the camera I took that video with? It was just taken with my uber crappy video on my phone. The quality is terrible LOL (if you fullscreen it you'll see. Unless you were being sarcastic and I'm just dense, of course.)

And I did, I made sure it wasn't grounded or anything - but It's not my facility. She's boarded, so I really can't make any kind of changes. I'm not sure the kind of fencing, or what a fencer is.

I also can't sit there all day every day chasing her away from the fence - I have a job and an internship both, so my time to see her is limited.
     
    06-06-2013, 07:20 PM
  #4
Foal
I have never seen anything like that ha ha it's quite funny. I would ask the BO about electric fencing or see if she has any worries about her doing this.
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    06-06-2013, 07:22 PM
  #5
Trained
She's in heat.
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    06-06-2013, 07:27 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
She's in heat.
But why would this make her want to sit on the gates and fences? The butt rubbing I could maybe see, maybe. But she's never done this before, even last summer when she was at the same stable.
     
    06-06-2013, 07:27 PM
  #7
Weanling
Oh I see!

I actually do love your video camera! Not being sarcastic. :)
     
    06-06-2013, 07:34 PM
  #8
Green Broke
That's hilarious. At one point she looks at you like um, could I have some privacy here?
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    06-06-2013, 07:37 PM
  #9
Yearling
Looks to me like she has a itchy butt
     
    06-06-2013, 07:39 PM
  #10
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thrill Ride    
Oh I see!

I actually do love your video camera! Not being sarcastic. :)
Out of curiosity - What is it that you like? No way it can be the quality LOL - I'm pretty sure I can count the pixels in the video, there are so few!
     

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