Preventing Draft Horse Escape
Hi Folks Out There With Draft Horse Knowledge,
With the current economic crisis many really good draft horses are on the market. They have really come down in price and we have the opportunity to adopt one. He's 17H.
The trouble is that he (and another one we also looked at) have learned how to break down wood fences because they have been taught to push with their chests.
We realize that we could solve this problem by adding another rung to our wood fence but it is prohibitive.
What remedies have you come up with? We know we could put a string of barbed wire at the top or do up everything with electric fencing. All are impractical at this time due to schedules and or cost. Any ideas? Thanks
ive worked at a clydesdale farm for several years, and we just had to use electric fencing. its really not that expensive, some are cheaper than others. id go with just one line of electric fencing along the top. thatd be enough im sure
I agree with heyycutter, you could just run a single strand of electric fencing along the top rung of your current fence and that would keep him in. Probably, it would only take 1 or 2 times of touching it before he stayed completely away from the fence and you wouldn't have to worry anymore. I wouldn't use barbed wire, just a single slick wire or even the electric roping would work much better. Good luck getting him and we would all love some pix :D.
Welcome to the forum by the way.
We have four draft horses in one pasture.... they stay FAR away from our electric tape fencing! It's a good thing, too.... otherwise, they would be roaming the streets on our military base. lol
This is the stuff we use.... it looks really classy. You can see it in the small picture on the product: http://www.amazon.com/Zareba-Electric-Fence-Heavy-Duty-White/dp/B000AYGF8W
I've gotten zapped by it, by the way (don't stand in water. lol) It really isn't a violent zap... just enough to make you want to step back.
Hey I agree - electric fences are the only way to go. Since I have had my draught breed mare I have had her escape 5 times. Everytime she found a new weak spot in her paddock she was off to visit the next door neighbours stallion. Although he is a good looking QH I reallly do not want them getting TOO friendly.
Anyway three broken wooden rails, a bent pipe gate and one very stretched 6 wire fence later, Phoenix is now contained by an out rigger system with a single hot wire. I made the out rigger on the cheap, simply had some old fence batons which I cut in half, nailed them at intervals to the existing posts and then used old hosepipe as insulator at the ends. I used electric fence twine which is as effective as wire although I will keep an eye on it as it will perish eventually. And now my big pushy girl stays where she is suppossed to.
I know that nothing but electric fences hold my horse I would imagine that yours will be the same. Once they know that they can push - pushing is what they do! Hope this helps, goodluck!
Where we live, in an HOA, we had to put up white PVC rail fencing. Not very strong and my Cody has broken or popped out many a rail..... we put up the white electric tape along the top and it works wonderfully, when we remember to keep it on!! He checks it periodically to see if it's working (like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park!).
In addition to the tape, you would need to get a charger of some kind. They have them available that run off of a car battery and others that you can plug into an electrical outlet. I would try to avoid the one's that run on batteries if possible, I have never liked those. You should just be able to get those plastic insulators to fit just about any type of post you have, whether it is t-posts or wooden, just look around a little bit.
And this is not the cheapest site out there but everything that I have gotten from them has been quality and they have lots of good stuff.
Also, make sure you raise your gates!! They will sit on them. Here is just one of the artistic jobs my boy did on a fence where I board.
And yes, they will scoot up to the gate and keep sitting until they can walk over the top of it. Needless to say, all the gates here, even the arena ones were raised. :shock:
Goodness. That is just a hoot. Who would have thought a horse would do that?
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