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post #21 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 09:27 AM
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I have forgotten how many times the Sheriff has called where I work and told me my horses were out and eating along the road. It happens. In my case we had a neighbor kid that would open the gate. I worked an hour away from my home so the Sheriff's Deputy knew to get a bucket and the would follow him back to their pasture. We eventually caught the neighbors kid doing it - he thought it was funny to watch them run up the road.

Don't sweat it. This is all part of horse ownership.
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post #22 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the stories all! Seems this happens more than I thought! I was surprised they didn't stop to graze in a field and instead, just kept running on the road. Harley was clearly keeping an eye on me coming up way behind him and didn't want to get too far. He just kept looking over his shoulder, prancing like Arabs do, taunting me in a game of tag. But he really had no desire to get too far away. Had he kept going, he would have either stopped at the next farm about half a kilometer away to visit with their horses, or gone back to his old boarding place to reunite with his old buddies there. I was just terrified that a big truck would come rumbling down the road and not be able to stop. It's a country road, so almost no traffic and animals on the road are not uncommon, whether it's wildlife or livestock, but it only takes once.

And no, fencing in 13 acres isn't realistic for us. And normally I have no issues haltering Harley. But he knew very well that I'd caught his hand in the cookie jar and wasn't about to satisfy himself with crumbs when he had a huge green lawn to eat! He was initially in the backyard, and that's where he went when he came back, but then circled to the front yard and took off on one of our trails, then onto the road. Our property is very wide with a lot of road frontage so he can get on the road pretty much anywhere.

Kodak was just following. She wouldn't have taken off without Harley.
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post #23 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 10:13 AM
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Think we've all been there done that!
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post #24 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 10:42 AM
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It happens, really. I've left the gate open before, luckily I caught it in time but still, it happens. Not going to beat you up for it at all. I'm glad that the horses came back and didn't get seriously injured. That was a blessing.

A recall sounds like a better idea than keeping a halter on in the pasture. Even a break-away halter can cause problems- someone at my barn left a break way on before and their horse was super green and injured their face a little and got caught (wasn't major, but still). I wouldn't take the chance. But yes, haltering the horse in the pasture is a good idea too with a lead rope.

I wish we had a way to remind ourselves to CHECK THAT GATE! I'm sure you won't forget now though, that was enough to scare anyone! :(
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post #25 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 11:06 AM
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I think catching your loose horses is one of those horse-ownership milestones. We've all been there, often multiple times.


A few months ago my hay shed was about empty to I haltered my two horses and hand "grazed" them to clean up the hay scraps before the next load came. One boy ground ties, the other does not. I forgot and dropped both lead ropes while I went to pick up a piece of twine I spotted. Before I knew it Chief (the one who doesn't ground tie) was trotting off across the driveway. I threw the other horse in the paddock real quick while I went after Chief. The little ****** puts his head into the halter when being caught, but not that day. I would get within grabbing distance of the lead rope and he would spin on his heels and trot off. It took me a good 10 minutes to get him with a halter and lead already on! He just thought it was a grand game!


All you can do is laugh, thank the heavens no one got hurt and try to learn from it. No big deal :)
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post #26 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 11:12 AM
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iT happens to the best of horsemen, but, at the same time, my horses rarely if ever got out, and I had to be more on the defensive of our neighbour's horses getting out, esp since they also had a stallion
Our stallion was always kept in a 10 acre pasture, which had three smooth wires, a top rail and a hotwire . A corridor separated his pasture from that of the main herd and mares.
That prevented an accident several times, as I was still working then, thus not home, and our neighbour had no sense of fencing.
He would place a rope over his driveway, and turn his mares out there. More then once, I came home to find his mares had gone through my garden, and then up the corridor, thus next to our stud, with only that top hot wire having prevented a serious wreak
One New year;s Day, while he was away, and when it was 30 below C, his horses got out into the crop field next to us. Since I often ride in that field, when the crops are off, I knew that the gate on the highway side was never closed.
My son and I thus saddled up quickly, with me not taking time to put long johns on,and had to gallop our horses int hat cold, to prevent those horses from getting onto highway 22
Just that fall, some horses had gotten out from Spruce Meadows, of all places, with one driver being killed as a result
I also spent time fixing his stud pen fence, put in another fence line,on our side so there was a corridor between our woods in that pasture and his stud fence, as that pasture was the one I used for my mares and foals.
Even so, the idiot one day, turned his stud in with his geldings, so he was separated from our other herd of horses, by only two smooth wires. That herd had geldings plus young fillies, and I caught that stud just about ready to jump that fence ,and get in with my horses
Luckily I was able to rush over, get hold of that stud, and put him back into his pen. I did have my younger son, who was home from college, come along with a gun. Had he gotten in with my fillies and show gelding (Einstein) and attacked, I would have had no problem dropping him
This went on, several years, with me almost afraid to leave home, not because my horses might get out, but our neighbours.
It is why now we are also putting up a gate at the end of our driveway, having had mini donkeys and a lama, from another farmer east of us, come visiting
He is also notorious for having those animals wander, and almost put some expensive cutting horses through another local rancher's fence
Thus, while accidents happen, to anyone, there is a line between that, and just careless fencing, where those horses get out again and again
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post #27 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 12:14 PM
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It happens.

Yesterday morning three of our horses got out (my 10 year old gelding and my cousin and uncles two mares). y oldest gelding stayed in the pasture, lol. I got a call from another cousin a little under a mile away saying they were in her yard terrorizing her dog. Had to go get them, lol. My gelding came just fine, but the mares both took off down the road towards their owners place, so I just let their owner deal with them.

Turned out a gate was left open on the other side of the pasture... -_-
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post #28 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Smilie - I agree, there is no excuse for bad fencing. Mine are five feet tall, all three strands of Electrobraid are electrified at about 9000 Volts and I check it every few days. My gates are solid. There really aren't any weak points except my old brain forgetting.

Our neighbors' horses have also gotten out a few times and ended up with ours last time. And I drive around and see how people put up these single strands of rope and expect their horses to stay in... it drives me nuts.
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post #29 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 02:57 PM
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It happens at least 3 times a year for me! It doesn't help I have a mare that can jump crazy high and can unlock almost anything.

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post #30 of 80 Old 08-05-2016, 03:12 PM
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I HATE when that happens. And it's happened to me more than once.

Once I came home from town to meet a friend coming out of my driveway. He had brought a couple of young boys out to see my horses and dropped by unexpectedly. He said to me: "It's really cool the way you just let them out in the field with no fence."
My reply: "THEY'RE OUT????"
I ran to the barn and grabbed halters. Of course, horses thought it was great fun to run down the road. I was able to grab the elderly one and once he was caught the others were easy to persuade to come home.

Another time I knocked down the single strand of electric fence on the side pasture with the lawn tractor and forgot to repair it. Came home from town to find no horses. I started walking and my neighbor called to say they were at her house. When I got near them they started running for home. I caught one of them but he got away before I could get the halter on. They passed my house and headed on down the road. I tripped and fell, bashed my head, blurring my vision in one eye, and continued on with blood running down my face. My neighbors across the road tried to stop them but were afraid of them so they got by them. I called the next neighbor down, who has horses, and she ran out and managed to grab Dani. I put halters on the mares and the geldings followed us home. I survived after a long rest.

Those are only two times--there have been others.
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