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post #1 of 22 Old 09-18-2019, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping? and Pine bedding?

We haven't had this 21yo Arabian/Holsteiner mare long, but she's gotten out 3 times. If you sit and watch her she grazes...no problem. Turn your back 10-15 minutes and she's gone.
This afternoon I had an exterminator spray house and garages (stink bugs), so he had to run a pump and spray hose. I talk to the guy a few minutes and horse is gone.
I grabbed lead rope, found her...she's trotting away but came back to me. She won't jump if we're watching her, and jumps different places. Today it was off of retaining wall near her stall...but 5 feet down! I have 100' heavy 6000# test chain on order, I'm running two strands there, then electric white ribbon above.
We haven't ridden her yet, my wife's afraid she'll jump somewhere when riding!
She's a sweet horse, goes up perfectly, I pick her feet up fine.
Any thoughts on this? She only had one owner who jumped with her, and dressage.

Other question is the new horse barn I had built all concrete. I installed rubber stall mats, then straw+pine chips.
Today there are wood cutters in area and I told them they can dump chips on my place. This is shredded pine that has some needles mixed in. Would that be ok to use some? I've been cleaning stall every 2 days.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-18-2019, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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What'd she do in her previous riding career?

I'm honestly not surprised that she jumped off of that retaining wall - that's not a hard thing for horses to do - you'll have to put a fence up there.

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post #4 of 22 Old 09-18-2019, 06:27 PM
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Well she's in good company. mine does the same and I have to be drive around the neighborhood with a horse trailer if he decides he doesnt like where he happens to be and makes an exit. As far as anyone has suggested- taller fences, and/or putting a hotline about 3-4' to the inside of the fence line so the jump is less doable.



I will say it has not made him the slightest unpredictable to ride. And at 20yo and broke at dressage and jumpers she's probably well and ready to settle down into something more sedate and she may be quite quiet under saddle.


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post #5 of 22 Old 09-18-2019, 06:29 PM
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My horse would jump that retaining wall no problem. Since I live on a road called Pine Valley, unfortunately there is no more pine thanks to the pine beetle infestation, I do have experience with pine trees and horses. Mine used to chew on them, and they never died. I believe a lot of the shavings that we get now are from dead pine trees and never a problem.
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What'd she do in her previous riding career?



I'm honestly not surprised that she jumped off of that retaining wall - that's not a hard thing for horses to do - you'll have to put a fence up there.
I was wondering about a fence vs chains. This is previous owner with this horse's Dad. The lady isn't that short...he was a champion Holsteiner according to her.

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post #7 of 22 Old 09-18-2019, 06:32 PM
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Well if my 14hh thing will do it I have no doubt something that large could make quick work of it.
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-18-2019, 06:42 PM
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If she is kept alone, you might want to get another horse who has no inclination to jump. Horses are herd animals and they like to stay in a group, mostly, lol. When my horse was younger & my fences were lower, he would leave the other horse, jump out and then run down the road and jump in a pasture of other horses. Time and effort I spent walking down the road and retrieving him, I put towards raising the fences, 6 feet now.
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Just a quick thank you reply...everything so far, great info. Is the pine bedding ok? These are healthy cut/shredded trees they're doing now. Maybe mix that with straw?

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In my experience, pine is okay. Actually I know of one stable that all the stalls were done in knotty pine.

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