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post #1 of 11 Old 12-11-2011, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I have a few horses that cause a problem when free and out grazing. We have a road that is a right of way that runs through our property, neighbours have to use this road to get access to their properties.
What happens is that some of the horses will linger around the access gate and when a neighbour comes through, they get moved back a bit with them putting their hands up but then they charge through when the person gets back into their car to drive through.
Is there some method that can be used to try and stop this happening? Changing the paddock fence layout is difficult because of the small valley terrain.
I would appreciate any suggestions....many thanks, Col
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-11-2011, 11:38 PM
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Have them carry a whip and be quite a bit more forceful in demanding that the horses back off and stay off.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-11-2011, 11:39 PM
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Hi, I have a few horses that cause a problem when free and out grazing. We have a road that is a right of way that runs through our property, neighbours have to use this road to get access to their properties.
What happens is that some of the horses will linger around the access gate and when a neighbour comes through, they get moved back a bit with them putting their hands up but then they charge through when the person gets back into their car to drive through.
Is there some method that can be used to try and stop this happening? Changing the paddock fence layout is difficult because of the small valley terrain.
I would appreciate any suggestions....many thanks, Col
cattle guard...or give the neighbors apples or some horse cookies to hand out for awhile...they may decide it's better to stay in then run out! :)

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-11-2011, 11:40 PM
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Cattle guards are extremely unsafe for horses. They'll try to cross and break their legs or get stuck in the process.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-11-2011, 11:41 PM
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I wouldn't advise having the neighbors hand out treats to the horses, that will just make them crowd the gate worse than they already are.

I am much more inclined to agree with Bubba's suggestion of using a whip. Maybe put one or two in a permanent place by the gate so that the neighbors can just pick one up, use it, and then put it back. That way, it would always be available and they wouldn't have to carry it in the car with them.


ETA: I would also suggest something like this. It's electrified so the horses will avoid it and the neighbors could just drive right through without even getting out of the car....
http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...5&gas=electric fence gate
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-12-2011, 04:11 AM
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If you feed a horse treats, its likely to come back to you.

Also, are your neighbours horse people? They may not know how to use a whip effectively, or what to do if the horses kick out.

Personally I would go with them the first couple of times, and hopefully that would be all your horses would need to learn, and if not, as suggested above, leave a whip by the gate so they have it handy.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-12-2011, 04:36 AM
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Just put an extra line of fencing up so the horses don't reach the main gate, or put it around the gate area so you have a safe area to close one gate before you open another.

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Yeah cattle guards... not good. What book is that where the horse (in the end) gets his foot stuck and dies? It just sparked a memory...would like to read it again
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-18-2011, 10:01 PM
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Smart horses just jump them. I think you might have to fence the pasture into two sections bordering the right of way. Posts space about 50' apart are all you need for electric.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-19-2011, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Many thanks everyone for your suggestions, it is greatly appreciated. The neighbours themselves are a bit of a problem, even though they are horse people as well. I had suggested that they use a stick that I keep near the gate for other neighbours to wave in the air to make a wind noise, but they believe that that only raises fear in a horse, and they don't want to do that...more like "don't want to be co-operative" because they don't like opening and shutting the gates.
I was just looking to see what ideas may come up that we can implement ourselves.
Thank you all again for taking the time to respond.
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