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        01-06-2011, 09:42 AM
    Thanks Gamcock67. I think we'll start with the tie line and see what happens from there. I do have to improve his patience while tied. He's young, yet and I just haven't worked on all the basics I have to. But I've got time this winter. Thanks again.
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        01-06-2011, 10:22 AM
    Thanks Nine :) that is my spotted boy.
    I have never had my horses go through an electric fence when camping. Not saying it couldn't happen but even when the deer and raccoons come into camp the horses seem to do ok.

    Gamcock67, have you experienced broken fences when camping or just not taking the risk? Just curious.
        01-06-2011, 11:17 AM
    Electric Fence - Break In/Out Experience.

    Hello WickedNag (what a great sign-in name)!
    Unfortunately, yes, we have experienced a break in on our portable electric fence. While camping in the Uncompahgre Mountains of southern Colorado in September 2009, we had our boys corraled in a 200' by 200' portable electric fence setup. Late in the evening, just before we were scheduled to move them to a highline, a small herd of Elk came through our campsite. One or more of them apparently became startled (we do not know why - the horses movements, a bear, us, ???). One of them bolted through the electric fence, received a shock, and abruptly did a reverse turn out - the same way he/she came in - over the knocked down fence. Since we were in the immediate area, the liability was nil, but the potential for damage or escape by our boys was real enough that we knew not to keep them in the electric fence except when we are present in the campsite area and certainly not during the night.
        01-14-2011, 10:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by gamecock67    
    Hello Nine. It has been our experience that the use of portable electric fences at night are a liablity from both the risk of your horse been panicked and bolting through the fence (believe me, if he/she are frightened and jump into a full gallop, the shock they receive from passing through the fence is a minute disstraction from what ever they are fleeing from). The other risk comes from deer, elk, bear, or other animals that are not use to electrical fences and will simply run through them, thus freeing your horses. Believe me, it is no fun to be out in the night in a strange location looking for your horse.
    I had never thought of the wildlife taking the fence down before. We always use a portable electric fence whenever we go camping, unless there are corrals. We have had the experience of going to find our horses in the dark after they were spooked. Although it only has happened once, it was not fun and very stressful! We always set up the portable corral next to our campsite and use the truck and trailer as part of the corral. I don't think the wildlife will come too close to campsites usually. We've also had the corral go down in a storm but the horses stayed put except when we took the fence down the next day, lol.

    I just read your last post, and was amazed at the size of the corral you set up. We only let them have at most a 30' x 30'. I guess it could still happen with that size too.
        01-15-2011, 01:24 AM
    We have had elk run thru our hot wire at night. They don't know what it is and run right thru it and can spook your horses.

    We often take in two 1/4 mile rolls of poly Hot string. And set up a 1/2 mile enclosure around a large meadow. At times we have had 15-20 horses turned loose in the meadow. Often these horses have not met before the ride, depending on who came with us and what horses they brought. So there is sometimes pecking order disputes and I want the horses to have room to evade a bossy alpha horse with out being driven through the hot wire. Also a large area spreads the horses out and prevents them from tearing up the fragil meadows from over grazing or pawing etc.

    Horses in large meadow. See the white fiberglass rod in front of the small spruce on the left side of picture. We usually pack in 30-40 rods to set the fence up with.

    We always high line at night. I want them secure when I can't look at and watch them.

    Another photo of the same meadow but on a different trip

    And you can imagine what a herd of elk like this can do to a hot wire if they get scared and run acrross it
        01-15-2011, 01:55 AM
    Wow, Painted Horse. I've turned green with envy. The country you ride through is just beautiful. I love Minnesota, and we have pretty scenery, but yours tops the cake.
    It sounds like both electric wire and high tie are good. I'm working on Teddy standing patiently, not pawing, which he tends to do. He's getting better, but we've got a long way to go before summer. I think I've had enough of winter. I'm going to order up some warm weather and sunshine!
        01-18-2011, 04:31 PM
    I figure "I'm camping and my horse doesn't care what I smell like or look like!" Although, my sister-in-law who shares the nose of my trailer may differ. However, she usually doesn't bathe any more than I do. Sometimes we will wash our hair, just not the rest of us. Or we'll pack our swim suits and dip in the lake at lunch if it's not to cold.
        01-18-2011, 04:34 PM
    I take that back. One time I went skinny dipping because we hadn't planned on swimming that day. Nekkid, in my untied boots I ran toward my horse to get my camera because I am notorious for not liking to get cold or wet and figured my husband would not believe without proof. Anyway, Sailor raised his head and pulled back, eyes all bugged out. I guess he'd just never seen me nekkid!! My sister-in-law really laughed. Haven't done that since.
        01-18-2011, 04:37 PM
    I like all the ideas. One thing we used to do and still do is but up a tarp up so it is sorta like a tent... with one wall.
        01-18-2011, 07:09 PM
    Our first trailer was a two-horse side-by-side with tack compartment. When started camping with that trailer we slept in a tent on air mattresses. Then up graded to a 3 horse slant gooseneck with a tack room and up graded to a 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup. We loaded camping equipment into the tack room, plus grain for the horses, all the hay we needed went in the bed of the truck. We bought a queen-sized air mattress that fit perfectly in the space over the hitch of the trailer. We did have to get a folding utility ladder to get up into and down out of the sleeping area. When we went camping for several days usually 4 day outings we went with friends who had a cab-over camper on their truck. We'd take groceries that we put in the truck campers refrigerator and cook on the stove in the camper. We high lined the horses when we had the trees close by our camp, otherwise we tied them to the trailer which they never seemed to uncomfortable. I sure miss the camping we once did, too.

    ETA: We also did do a lot of 2 day, all weekend camping. I miss that experience, too.

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