Thanks for your stories all! Yes, I probably overreacted, as usual. I was just surprised because they've never done this before so I assumed they wouldn't test it. Who knows what happened. I'll try not to worry too much, but they are in the winter paddock regardless. With all the rain we had, they were just tearing up the pasture and I need to do a few things to the back pasture so they can use it again next summer. We're going to disc it so we can churn everything under, including manure, and let it all sit over the winter. In the spring, we will re-seed. They only go in that pasture mid to late summer anyway. The near pasture is eaten to the bare ground. I was going to put them in the winter paddock sooner or later, just doing it a couple of days sooner.
, this new temporary fence had been there for a couple of days before this happened so they had had a chance to get used to it. Still, they could have forgotten it was there in the dark. But thanks for reassuring me that stuff like this happens and that I don't need to beat myself up over it.
. I appreciate the support as always :) Trying to figure out this horsekeeping thing, and I thought I was being very safe, but still, I guess things can happen.
@ApuestoT, will have a look at that wire. I won't redo all my pasture right away, since it wasn't cheap to do them all with 3 lines of Electrobraid, and it's holding up great as perimeter fencing, it's just the temporary fence that got taken out. However, it's always good to know what options are out there when the time comes to re-do it all!
ta, I suppose maybe you're right - if those hadn't been just flimsy step-ins, it could have been worse. As it is, they just got pulled out, dragged, and the horse got loose without injury. Neither one was phased this morning or this evening (I groomed them and checked again for signs of injuries or swelling, but nothing). They're not thrilled about being stuck in the paddock, and it sucks because they were getting so much more exercise from going out to the back pasture, but for reasons I explained above, this was going to happen soon anyway. My 4-5 acres of pasture will quickly get ruined this time of year if I let them tear around in there, and soon there will be snow on the ground. I need this time to work on the pastures so they can go back out in the spring.
, yes I'll probably keep my horses in the paddock overnight when I use this kind of temporary fence in the future. At least during daylight hours there's a better chance they'll see it. Though in the summer, they are out 24/7 because they prefer to graze at night when it's cooler and there are no flies. So there are a lot of factors to consider.