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jfisher256 07-13-2011 12:13 AM

Field Boarding a horse - Concerning question
So I have cheap field boarding like right across from my neighborhood where I will be boarding this horse I have coming in soon. They have access to acres and acres of trails that can even take you to different types of parks and what not. They also have a small arena and I can even take the horse to my house if I wanted to, do local shows on my own (and I have a 4H center on the other side of me), etc. Anyway! The horses there seem happy and content. The only concern I have is that high-tension wires run over the fields and when you stand near the fields you can hear them buzzing.

Is this safe? I've heard that animals have died from being under high-tension wires for long periods of time, but I've also heard that they are completely fine underneath them. But the horses that are there now were there a few years ago. So, maybe it isn't so much of an issue as I'm making it out to be?

If it is a health concern for horses and/or for me, I'd like to find another place before pursuing this one and having to deal with the horse's health knowing I could have taken him somewhere else. :-| When I get around to it in the next couple of days I can take pictures of the fields so you can get a better idea of how it's set up.

Thanks! :)

walkinthewalk 07-13-2011 07:54 AM

You can Google "living under high voltage power lines" and get a bunch of hits.

I lived near them when I lived in SoCal and rode under them frequently --- which my horses did not like - especially when it was cold out and vibration sound increased.

I attributed their dislike to the noise bothering their ears; which are a lot more sensitive than mine and, I didn't like the sound.

Would I want my horses living 24/7/365 days under those high tension wires?

No I would not, but that's just me. That means I would never consider buying a farm that had high tension wires running thru any portion where livestock lived or any sort of feed was being grown - human or otherwise. Again, that's just me:-)

My thought is to read credible articles on the Net, talk to the horse owners that already have their horses in that pasture. Ask the credible ones that actually pay attention to their horse's environment, as opposed to the one who just "threw" their horse out there and might see it once or twice a month; how would they know anything?

Then make your decision:-)

Alwaysbehind 07-13-2011 07:58 AM

I have a friend whose house basically sits right next to some major electric transmission towers/lines. (Can not sit right under them because that land is not available for building, but she is literally RIGHT next to them.)

She has had several kids (so not problems there) and pets (no horses, residential area) and has had no problems.

jfisher256 07-13-2011 11:51 AM

Thanks for the input! The owner of the property wants to set up a day with me to come and see the pastures and she has horses there herself, so I'm definitely going to ask questions :)

Thanks again!

Alwaysbehind 07-13-2011 11:54 AM

Sounds like a perfect plan. Look around and see what it is like.

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