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post #1 of 6 Old 03-26-2016, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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*funny story* Midnight's new fence

I just had to tell you guys this story.
So I'm finishing up midnight's fence for her paddock. I had all of the posts in the ground but I hadn't run the electric rope around the perimeter yet.
So I decided to take her with me as I ran the rope around the posts. She stays right next to me so i wasn't worried about her running off.
I ran the rope around, didn't put a gate in yet because I just wanted to see how big the area actually looked and how she like it.
She did her usual high head prance around the field until she realized she was fenced it. She walked along the rope carefully inspecting it (as one does). Once we got ready to leave I just to just hold the rope up high so she could walk under it but she WAS NOT having it. She put the brakes on. She was scared on the fence and I wasn't even turned on yet. I had to take the rope down just to get her out of the paddock! Lol
Doesn't look like she's gonna give me any problems with trying to get out lol!!
On the plus side, she gave her officially stamp of approval; she rolled! She only does that when she feels EXTREMELY comfortable (so almost never). She's a diva like that
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-30-2016, 11:01 PM
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We need to see this need fence, and cute story!

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Once my mare's pasture fence was broke in the back and so BO put a rope at some distance to prevent from her going there while it was not fixed. Well somehow she managed to pass to the other side of the rope (she is Houdini's equine version lol) and I found her sweating a lot, prancing to come back in. I raised the rope and she would not pass. Then untied it and put it down, she still would not pass, there was a point I was pulling her and she had her brakes on, was leaning forward as much as she could but the tip of hooves would not touch the rope When she figured it was ok to walk on she took off bucking like hell :-D

She would not pass a rope on the ground but she breaks the electric fence no problem, go figure, lol!!
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Once a horse has been in electric fencing, they are suspicious of anything that resembles it, and, unless they actually discover it is not turn on, will respect it.
There have been times that I forgot to plug in my portable electric fencing, after having moved it, and the horses remained oblivious tot he fact it was not turned on.
However, once horses do find out that at times the fence is not charged, they will learn to test it
My electric tape for that portable fencing is white, so I also have a funny story!
Trail courses used to have free standing metal gates, until some wreaks occurred, with horses getting hung up, then pulling that gate over onto themselves and the rider
Thus, rope gates are now used instead, at breed shows,and many open shows.
First rope gate that Charlie was asked to go through, happened to have a white rope.
When I asked her to sidepass up to it, it was like, 'are you nuts!. I'm not getting shocked!"
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I use electro braid fencing to keep the horses off the regular field fencing. Skippy has forgotten himself a time or 2 when I go to bring him in from pasture and gotten zapped by the "gate" that goes into the arena. A couple days ago, I turned him loose in the arena with the metal arena gate open and the electric gate to the pasture open. He went right up to the arena gate opening and stood there tap dancing until I went through first. He didn't believe that the gate had been tied open, because I NEVER do that. I was working on the pasture side and needed in and out of the arena with stuff in my hands so just this once, I left it open and he WOULD NOT pass.
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One of the funniest was a weaning Colt turned out with an old and wise pony. They only had part of a field which was separated with an electric fence. The battery went dead and they got out on the fresh grass. Battery replaced first thing they did when turned out was to go to the fence, pony walked to where the battery was, heard the ticking and walked away. Colt stood and looked at the fence, I swear pony told him it would bite. Colt ignored him and licked the fence.

I don't think he ever went near it again!

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