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post #1 of 18 Old 07-24-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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How to leave a horse grazing outside of pasture?

I'm extremely new to horses, having only ridden maybe a dozen times in my life until getting my first horse only a few days ago. I joined this forum to help a little with my complete lack of knowledge, so here goes my first question. My horse's (Lily's) pasture is very small right now due to some property renovations where we will enlarge it hopefully in the near future. But right now she has no grass in her pasture and I don't want to spend more on hay than I have to, so I am tying her up outside of the pasture to graze. However, I was browsing through some of the threads on here and found several people saying that simply tying a horse up to something and leaving them is a really bad idea. But she still needs to graze so I was wondering if there is a way to tie her safely without having to be there. Or do I just need to let her pick her own grazing area while I am there with her so she doesn't wander too far?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-24-2013, 02:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Brace yourself for the potential responses... lol

I know tons of people that tie their horse's out .. some of them practically live that way.

Obviously there is a way to safely have a horse staked out as these horses that I know are healthy and unharmed.

If your horse knows how to tie out, has access to water, and it works for you .. why worry about what other people say?

There are risks to it, of course, but it is rather popular in my area...

Again .. welcome to the forum.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-24-2013, 02:22 PM
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Buy some temporary electric fencing for the area you want her to graze. Tying a horse up to graze or just letting them run around loose are very bad ideas, even if they're supervised. Even worse is leaving them alone.

Something could spook her and she'd be off and down the road before you even had a chance to open your mouth.

Do the responsible thing and either buy more hay, or spend the money for temporary electric fencing to keep her and everyone else safe.

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post #4 of 18 Old 07-24-2013, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks texasgal. :) You say that there is a safe way to stake them out...but what exactly is that safe way?

@Speed Racer, I don't really have a large area that she can graze until we have what will soon be more pasture ready for her. So unless I can take that (small amount of) fencing and move it a couple times during the day, that just wouldn't work.
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So basically, you just wanted someone to tell you your dangerous idea was all hunky-dory, then? Got it. Good luck with that, and I hope your liability insurance is paid up.

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A few t-posts and the white electrical tape. You don't need to move her throughout the day but maybe move the section every few days unless you are talking a backyard or something.
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A few t-posts and the white electrical tape. You don't need to move her throughout the day but maybe move the section every few days unless you are talking a backyard or something.
This is a great idea! I will do this, or something similar. And Speed Racer, I'm sorry that your advice wouldn't work in my situation. Thank you anyway.
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Riv. I don't know how they train them. I don't stake my horses out so I have no first hand knowledge in actually doing it. Only that I see it done every single day so I know it can be done.
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Hi Riv. Welcome to the forum.

The first thing you're going to find with horses is that they cost one way or another. In your situation, given your experience and circumstances, the best thing really is to buy some extra hay (you're going to need it for winter anyways) and leave Lily in her pasture. It's the safest way to do things in the long run - I can assure you a vet bill for a rope burn or some other disaster is going to cost you a lot more than the same amount of hay she needs to consume while she's in the small pasture. If you want, when you have time you can bring her out and hand graze her (ie she's in her halter and you're on the other end of the lead rope); that will save a bit on hay use, give her a chance at green grass and give you two a chance to bond.
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Riv,

The thread you are referring to goes back to whether or not the horse is accustomed to being tied out. There are always risks. I do tie out my horse if I'm with her (but I'm new to horses too) but I won't leave her unattended.

Now, if she is used to being fenced and the area you are placing her is close by the tpost idea should work. My fence is electric but not hot and mine don't challenge the boundary regardless. Here's another thought, if you are in an area where someone has other livestock (particularly goats since they don't eat the same things see if they would let you put her out there for a few hours. My cousin has his horses on land that belongs to an elderly lady 1/2 a mile away. She has no use for the space but doesn't want to sell it so he boards his horses there in exchange for bush hogging 2x per year.

Good luck!
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