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post #21 of 27 Old 07-13-2013, 06:20 PM
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I have another one. Not tneworstbutdefinitely memorable.

I was standing in the arena with Champ, scratching Martys (donkey) ears over the fence. I had one arm over champs neck holding him and the other hovering over the wire. Well marty was being pushed by the ponies Noble and Misty, and Rio was tucked right in next to marty.....
I just barely lowered my arm like 2 centimeterss and ZAP!!! 2 donkeys,2 ponies a horse and me all get volts. The donkeys and ponies spun and ran, champ took off around the arena buckingand farting and I just stood there cryingi was laughing so hard.

The donkeys and ponies wouldn't come near me or the fence the rest of the day. It took like 20 minutes to calm champ down enough to get a halter on him and im pretty sure all his hair was standing straight up since he had the most contact with me when I touched it.

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post #22 of 27 Old 07-13-2013, 06:38 PM
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I've been shocked many times, but nothing worth writing about -----

But, I shared a vacation some 35 or 40 years ago with a lady I knew. Her brother lived in Alaska and she wanted to visit him. I had a new pickup and camping gear I used to take out hunters on pack trips. She furnished the gas and I furnished the truck and equipment so we went camping through Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, BC and Alaska.

When we finally got to her brother's house in Anchorage, the first thing he said as they were reminiscing was "Do you remember the time (about 30 years earlier) when you talked me into peeing on the electric fence?" All those years and that was what he remembered first and was still about half mad about it.

The other story that comes to mind is when husband was riding a green mule in a field with an electric wire on one side of it. She cold-jawed and ran sideways toward the horses in that field and they got thoroughly tangled up in the 2 strands of hot wire. She bucked him off, pawed at him several times, kicked him and she completely blamed him for the shocks she got. Months later he still could not catch her and she really never rode very good for him again. Anyone else could rope off of her but if he just uncoiled a rope (too much like a wire I guess), she had another come-apart. It really messed her up and did not help husband out a whole lot. We laughed at first but it plainly was not funny for very long. [Did I mention that about 6 people were watching?]
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post #23 of 27 Old 07-13-2013, 06:46 PM
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My worst experience with hotwire would have to be about 7 years ago. i was standing outside the fence and reached over to grab my gelding's halter to pet him. When i touched him i also touched the hot wire and it sent a shock through us both. He was pretty ****ed at me for the ouchie and my arm was nice and sore from the jerk when he pulled back. Pretty funny looking back on it. lol
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post #24 of 27 Old 07-13-2013, 07:05 PM
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I have another.

I was schooling a large two year old TB. One of her first backings. She wanted to go back to the paddock with her buddies and I suggested we go in a different direction. She threw a little fit and crow hopped into an electric fence (little spot we had put some cows). Holy smokes! She bellowed and really bucked, only my dislike of unscheduled dismounts and walking kept me on.

Never bucked again and hardly fussed about leaving her friends.

I never tried that with another barn/buddy sour horse, though! :P
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post #25 of 27 Old 07-13-2013, 10:10 PM
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I've accidentally touched the electric fence once or twice in the rain... however, there is one time that really sticks out.

I was getting Indie from the pasture on a rainy day, and since the hook couldn't be pulled all the way over, I figured I could just grab the metal tab and latch it on. So, I did. I didn't feel a shock right away so I held on harder and tried pulling it closer. Big mistake. A huge shock went up my arm and I screamed while Indie just stood there, likely wondering how she got stuck with my crazy self.

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post #26 of 27 Old 07-13-2013, 10:35 PM
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I've never had a 'worst' experience with an electric fence, knock on wood, but I have had an "experience" with an electric fence.

I was 13. My friend and I were at her grandfathers farm. We walked down the pasture to see the new cows and pet the donkeys when my friend decided on the bright idea to touch the electric fence. Of course, not wanting to be a wuss, I agreed to touch the fence as well.
On the count of three we both touched the fence and fell down screaming (and laughing). Thankfully, it wasn't high powered so is just stung and burned for a bit.

To this day, I still can't believe I touched an electric fence on purpose.
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post #27 of 27 Old 07-14-2013, 10:06 PM
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Only having horses for about 7 years and only having them in our property, I can share several experiences.

-My wife was working at a stable. She was wearing rubber muck boots while leading a horse. I don't remember the specifics but she touch the hot wire. The charge went through her and out her pinky finger that was touching the horse. It was so strong of a charge that it blew out a chunk of her finger.

-Star, our biggest horse, was sunbathing this spring right by the fence. I don't remember what I was doing but I heard a zap and saw Star jump back. I think he dozed off and got his nose too close to the fence. Then I heard Chloe, his girlfriend, in our other past nickering away just like she was laughing at him.

-I was filling the water troughs and Harley came to get a drink. I had the hose laying over one of the fence wires. He puts his nose to the water and ZAP! I felt so bad but was laughing so hard. He's still very cautious when he goes to take a drink.

-This spring was real wet. We were having a hard time getting hay into the pastures. The truck tires made big ruts in the ground. A few days later, I noticed that the mares weren't drinking their water. A few times I watched them go up to the water and act like they wanted to take a drink. I put my muck boots on because it was muddy and went to check it out. I put my hand in the water but didn't feel anything. Something made me think of touch the ground while touching the water. ZAP! I realized why the horses weren't drinking. My first thought was that the heater went bad but finally figured out the the ruts in the ground severed the power line for that pasture. It was still carrying power but the wires must have been touching in the wrong order so shorting thru the heater. It took moving the trough away from that spot and time before they would drink from it again. Those poor girls. I know it doesn't have to do with fencing but that's the worst I've been zapped.
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