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        07-24-2013, 03:23 PM
    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    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.
    Lily is used to being fenced and respects boundaries. Even so do you think that using t-posts is asking for trouble?
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        07-24-2013, 03:32 PM
    Green Broke
    If you're going to go the electric tape and t-post route, that should work as well. That's better than attempting to tie her out. However, I'm not a user of electric fencing so hopefully some of the other forum members will chime in and give you details on the best way to install and use it.
        07-24-2013, 03:40 PM
    Okay, thank you. I will hand graze her as much as possible and may use t-posts. Thanks everyone!
        07-24-2013, 03:55 PM
    Green Broke
    Is the fence you have electric ? If so get a roll of 1/4" electric braid and some step in posts, and section some areas off to use in the daytime while you are home.
    I wont tie any animal and leave it unattended.
        07-24-2013, 04:04 PM
    Green Broke
    T-posts are just as safe as anything as long as you put the caps on them. You don't have to electrify the tape if she respects fences. You can just tie it up between posts.
        07-24-2013, 04:07 PM
    You can put up some temporary fencing or just tie her up so she can walk around, but cannot get her foot over the leadrope.
        07-24-2013, 04:10 PM
    Green Broke
    Just buy some hay.
        07-24-2013, 04:21 PM
    Thanks guys, I got the information I needed.

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