shoes and fences dont mix
I board at a place where the turn outs have a hard wire mesh and my horse has decided its fun to paw at the fence and take his shoes off. Two days ago he wasn't able to break loose and was stuck for who knows how long. They spent about 30 min up under him cutting him loose. Right now he is confined to his stall until we figure out what to do. Someone had suggested hot wire but we can seem to find a good turn out that is close to electricity.It would be a hazard to run a cord out to it the way the place is laid out. Any suggestions? Taking off shoes is not an option here. He gets infections as soon as they come off. I've tried.
You could get a solar charger, that's what I have:)
Hotwire you would have to put inside the existing fence to keep him from touching it. Putting hotwire instead of the existing fence would result in a very " wound up" horse should shoes touch it. But you knew that;-)
Solar charger would work, or a battery powered one.
Then there's the question WHY he's pawing at the fence. Eliminate the reason.
Solar powered charger with one or two lines of hot wire added to the existing fence, and I can guarantee your horse will learn not to paw the fence.
It's not the type of fencing that's the problem, it's your horse.
Yeah I know it's my horse. I am needing a quick fix for not until we get the behavior corrected.
Any thoughts as to the pawing it's self. He has always done it. He does it in his stall. When tied. When being washed. When we are stopped for more then 30 sec. I have has him in training off and in for the last 4 years and when I ask the trainers about it they say it's a tick. This tick is now starting to become a problem.
Could it be a space issue? How big is the turnout area outside and how many horses are in that space?
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He seems impatient. Or doesn't want to be confined. Or both. What and how does he eat ( amount of hay, how often, turned out alone etc.)
Is there grass growing at the bottom of the fence? I've seem many horses try and pull the bottom to try and get to some grass.
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hot wire would be the best, even a lower strand so his leg would contact it.
if you cant hot wire or change fencing, I assume he is getting the wire in between his shoe and his hoof? if that's the main issue, have your farrier glue them on, or put some tape along the hoof , wrapping it around the shoe.
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