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post #1 of 6 Old 08-18-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Horse getting out.

Two days ago we got out first horse, 21yo mare Arabian Holsteiner mix. I put up temporary electric 4ft. fence, and in morning let her out.
Neighbor has 3 mares but in a paddock, red barn down over the hill.
I haven't fenced all our place which is why temporary electric.
Yesterday neighbor lets their 2 dogs out (they can't come over here), it spooked our horse and she jumped 4ft fence. We got her up ok.
This morning I'm letting her graze, then 20 minutes later doorbell rings. Another neighbor's gardener saw her running down the road (not knowing it was our horse).
Apparently she jumped again (I can't see where, fence is fine).
Today I'm putting electric wire around property, two wires with white tape, at 3ft and 5'2". At least if she jumps she'll be on our property not out on road.
Does this sound reasonable?
Eventually I want woven wire everywhere on property border.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-18-2019, 11:48 AM
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Is she alone and/or can she see other horses (literally see them) from her field?
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-18-2019, 11:51 AM
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If she is alone she is almost certainly lonely and stressed. Give her a reason to feel comfortable at home and you'll have a lot less to worry about.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-18-2019, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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A lady had this horse from birth, and now too old to ride. She had seven horses in all, one by one sold or gave away others. This mare was alone at her place last few months which is why the urgency us getting her. She is alone for now, we plan on another but may be a month or two.
She seems contented in her stall, I'd rather have her out grazing at least part of the day.
Neighbor has three mares she talks to, and can see but 1/4 to 1/2 mile away. If neighbor would let them out of paddock they would have a long woven wire fence line between. I think they would get along.
I don't know enough horse psychology, I'm wondering since she saw her 6 other "friends" hauled off if she thinks they're here someplace???
When she gets out she goes opposite direction of the 3 mares here.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-18-2019, 06:09 PM
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She's learned she can escape. You will have to make sure your fence is foolproof now. 3 strands, 5 ft, and always electrified with a strong charge.

I do think she'd benefit from a companion. Seeing a horse 1/4 mile away is not enough, and you can't depend on your neighbor to let out his horses just so yours has company.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-21-2019, 06:25 PM
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Don't be surprised if she jumps that as well. Once they figure they can then for some height is no object.
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