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post #1 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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crashing the gate

Hello I'm not sure if this is the right spot for this thread so here goes. Yesterday morning I went to do my daily routine of taking care of my mare Bella. She usually meets me at the gate to her pasture. I felt something wasn't right when she wasn't there. The BO where I board has other horse's in another pasture. After calling and whistling she finally showed up with the other horses in the other pasture. I had asked the BO if there was any reason why she was in with his horses. He had told me that bella must have crashes through her gate. I don't believe that she could have done this as its a big swinging gate attached to large railroad ties and was chained locked. I know his two gelding always fight for domenance and think they were the culprits. Bella has no injuries that if she did bust this gate she would have some sort of injuries. Is it possible that she wanted to be with the others so bad that she busted through? Or would she do something like that if she was in season to be bred? I've only have her since August and she has never displayed any behaviour like this before.
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 12:07 PM
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It could have happened, even though you see no injury.

Things happen. Gates are left not as well latched. Could be heat behavior. Could have been the owner's geldings. One occurance wouldn't bother me.

Any reason why your mare is separated from other horses?
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 12:18 PM
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Was there any damage to the gate?? How did you find things (gates, fences) when you arrived besides here with the boys???

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My mare is separate from the others because she is on a strict feeding as she is prone to foundering and he free feeds his horses. Not to mention he dont take very good care if them. She still get contact with them. The gate was fixed and chained like nothing happens. She has never done anything like this in my past with her. She is a very well behaved girl. I was just wondering. I guess it could be spring fever to, the last couple days have been beautiful. Plus he dont maintain his property very well. If there was a better place for me to board I would pull her, but there isn't anything close, I've looked
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to this horse ownership. I've never owned one and she is a good girl. Never a problem. He has stud colts in another pen but I dont think she was bred by them. I hope not anyway. I guess I'll find out next year if she was, lol
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 02:47 PM
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If she gets into other pens I would be worried about those colts-a lot of mares settle w/only 1 contact. New horse owners don't need all the headaches a foal can come up with.
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She can't get in with the colts, and she prefers the paint gelding over any others, but he is a sweet heart and I can see why she likes him. Lol. I dont think she was bred.
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 04:41 PM
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So the gate was still intact and locked when you found her in with the others?

Just how high can that pretty grey mare jump? I guess if there is a chance that she is jumping and if there is a chance that she may get bred (if she isn't already), should you consider putting an electric wire on top? I'm sure it will cost you a bit. I'd recommend a solar powered unit. I see you're in SD and that should work okay there.
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-30-2013, 05:16 PM
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I used to know a 20-odd year old blind paso... he could and would get in or out of any field he wanted and any time. Fences, gates, ect did not matter. There is every possibility that she broke out somewhere and got in with them. To ease your mind about her being caught by one of the studs, you can get her scanned at 21 days and make sure nothing is there.

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