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Light-Hikari 07-16-2008 12:28 PM

My horse just won't stay in the pasture!
 
My horse, Light, an (about) 11-yr-old paint, is determined to be the rebel and escape from the pasture every night. Now the front pasture is extremely big, and it's mostly fenced off.... except around the palmettos, where I know she's making her escape from. It doesn't make any sense! A) There's food in the pasture B) My other horse, a younger than 5 part appoloosa, Sunshine (Sunny) stays inside and then Light tries to get back to her later C) She gets all scratched up from the palmettos! I tried putting her in the back paddock, but most of the "fencing" for it is a big pond, and Light will actually swim to get out! Our first thought was that she wanted to be around the feed (which was in the patio), but we moved it to the barn (in the back paddock) and she still hangs around, almost eating dirt because she's pretty much killed all the grass by the house. I've tried everything! The only other solution would be to spend a heckload of even more money and then completely fence off the front, but at the moment I can't even do that because it's the rainy season and everything is soaked. I've had my horse for almost two years, and she's been doing it pretty much the whole time. Only when her escape places were fenced off would she be stumped for a couple days, sometimes a couple weeks, but she always found a new way. Is she just bored? Is she trying to tell me something? Or is she just being obnoxious? Please help!!
-Hikari

GallopingGrape 07-16-2008 12:33 PM

That's hysterical (and frustrating, I'm sure!) Last night my nieghbor found her 12H pony out in the front yard, baffled because the little guy was locked in his 10x10 stall. The stall door was still closed, so, from a standing position, this little guy jumped a 4' door and out he went!
Go figure, he just wanted grass.

kickshaw 07-16-2008 12:37 PM

i would say then that the most effective solutions would be to build a complete fence, or stall/ put her in a roundpen at night.

could there be something chasing the horses out in the paddock?

(they usually won't volunteer to swim unless they have to...)

good luck and keep us posted!

Light-Hikari 07-16-2008 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kickshaw
i would say then that the most effective solutions would be to build a complete fence, or stall/ put her in a roundpen at night.

could there be something chasing the horses out in the paddock?

(they usually won't volunteer to swim unless they have to...)

good luck and keep us posted!

that's what i was thinking I'd have to do - put up more fencing. But I've already had so much put up in bits and pieces.... it's just annoying to think I'd just have to spend money on the whole thing anyways.
What I've been doing is that when I'd see her out I'd go grab her and put her in her stall. I was thinking maybe she would connect the dots of i escape = i go in my stall. i stay in = i get to run around and eat etc. But she still does it.
Yes, it is very weird that she swims.... she really doesnt seem to mind though! (even weirder - you approach her with a hose and she suddenly just hates water.)
I know there's nothing chasing her because my other horse doesn't have a problem. She's younger and behaves better! (at least in this case.) It's so frustrating, because Light escapes and she knows she's not supposed to be out because when you walk out side to get her, she immediately turns around and stands at the pasture gate. And when I put her in her stall, she and Sunshine call to eachother all night. And here I am thinking, "If you miss her, stay with her already!!"
The round pen idea just may work though.... I need one anyways, so.....

chasin the dream 07-16-2008 12:56 PM

yeah get a roundpen! they work miracles.lol

iridehorses 07-16-2008 01:03 PM

A temp fix, and relatively inexpensive is to use some "T" posts and electric wire. The charger you will need can be connected to house current, or solar. In a very temporary situation you can get a battery operated charger - but the batteries will only hold up for a few days or a week at the most I believe.

Gingerrrrr 07-16-2008 01:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kickshaw
i would say then that the most effective solutions would be to build a complete fence, or stall/ put her in a roundpen at night.

could there be something chasing the horses out in the paddock?

(they usually won't volunteer to swim unless they have to...)

good luck and keep us posted!

where i use to board she had a huge pasture and there was a pond and she wouldn't fence off the other side of the pond (because none of the horses figured out that if you swim across the pond you can get out) and my old horse Domino swam across the pond a few times and my old BO found him in her yard :lol: i think horses will swim if they want to.

NorthernMama 07-16-2008 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iridehorses
A temp fix, and relatively inexpensive is to use some "T" posts and electric wire. The charger you will need can be connected to house current, or solar. In a very temporary situation you can get a battery operated charger - but the batteries will only hold up for a few days or a week at the most I believe.

:lol: That's my PERMANENT fence. I just love it. I can move it whenever I want to whereever I want. It runs off a car battery that lasts for over a year even through our cold winters up here.

anyway, I was thinking along the same lines -- string up electric in the easy to get through areas and see if that helps.

KANSAS_TWISTER 07-17-2008 03:17 AM

electric fencing is great when you remember to keep the fenced charged!!!! abby use to be our little hudeni .....it wa either up and over or under the fence till she clued in that it wasn't charged.....can home from shopping one day to find her frazzing in our back yard

Angel_Leaguer 07-17-2008 07:48 AM

we always used electric fencing. Just make sure you buy the right charger for the length of fence that you will be having. Our horses usually only got out if the deer ran through the fence. If we had a new horse that had never been in a fence before we would put them in a smaller electric fence (so they couldnt get a run at it) and after they touched it a couple times they wanted nothing to do with it...


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