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post #51 of 80 Old 08-07-2016, 06:43 PM
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When I lived in CA, all 10 of our horses managed to escape and were having a great time trotting up the highway (busy, with 55 mph speed limit). I ran to their turn out, grabbed a coffee can full on gravel, ran to the road and stopped at our drive, rattling that can. My big gelding, Secret (leader of the pack) immediately turned the entire herd around and headed toward me. I walked back up the drive shaking the can and let them all straight back into the barn. That was over 20 years ago. I never did figure out how they got out!

More recently, my gelding Tango started testing the electric fence. One day something caused a short and he discovered he could duck under the top of three wires and step over the bottom two. Luckily, my mare, Cally, is too respectful of the wire to test it so stayed inside. Tango wasn't willing to go too far without his buddy, so stayed on the property and was fairly easy to catch.

I've begun taking treats out with the halters and randomly halter them without doing anything more than that. They are learning that the halter always means a treat, even if sometimes it also means work.
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I don't feed my horses pelleted feed anymore, just wet hay cubes with supplements, but I'll be leaving a few left over pellets in a container inside a bucket just for this purpose! I think it would still work, because they always responded to the feed bucket, even though they don't see it much anymore. We did have carrots (which Harley LOVES), but he just looked at us as if to say "HA! You think I'm stupid?".
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post #53 of 80 Old 08-08-2016, 01:39 PM
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Change that is a great idea, gravel in the coffee tin.
I would put pelleted feed in the coffee tin and just shake it and my horses being the greedy things they are always came for that but in a pinch the gravel would work and make more noise even so that would hear it from a greater distance.
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post #54 of 80 Old 08-10-2016, 12:51 AM
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Change that is a great idea, gravel in the coffee tin.
I would put pelleted feed in the coffee tin and just shake it and my horses being the greedy things they are always came for that but in a pinch the gravel would work and make more noise even so that would hear it from a greater distance.
Funny thing is, I used that same gravel filled can to get them to exercise in the turn out! Shake it to make 'em move. But since they were already out exploring the wide world and Mom wasn't chasing, the lead horse decided I had food and they all came galumphing back to the barn. Yeah, sneaky... but they did each get 1/2 cup of sweet feed for coming to the can!

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post #55 of 80 Old 08-10-2016, 02:08 AM
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Many, many moons ago BH (before hubby LOL) JC got out a few times and my neighbor would call me at work, which was only about 5 minutes away. By the time I would get home JC would be standing at the back door waiting on me. I don't know if he could tell the sound of my car or what but I'd open the gate and he'd follow me in then get some grain. Thank goodness he wasn't a runner because he was always my escape artist but mainly from either untying himself or slipping out of his halter while we were camping. After a while I bet strangers thought he was a pretty wild horse when they'd see him standing at the hitching post with 2 halters and 2 lead ropes.

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post #56 of 80 Old 08-10-2016, 08:29 AM
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One time when my sister was getting a horse out of the pasture, her older gelding took advantage and slipped out as well, he took off down the drive at a beautiful elevated trot, head high, tail waving like a banner saying "I AM FREE!!!" then she said you could just see when reality hit and he thought " what the heck am I doing, this is the way we go when the boss lady is putting me to work", he turned and came back to the barn, wild and free no more.
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post #57 of 80 Old 08-10-2016, 01:23 PM
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One of the funniest was years ago. We had a day time snow storm leaving a couple of feet of snow.

The ponies in one field were exposed to the wind and driving snow so we decided to move them to a field down the road.

The halters, all made from the old sisal bailer twine, were frozen solid and we couldn't get them on anything so we decided to drive them down the road. There was no traffic because of the snow. Once out the field they all kicked up their heels and took off down the road, heads and tails held high!

Thy went straight past the field and carried on down to main road with my co worker and I running after them. Half way along th flat piece of road we met th cookery teacher brushing herself down, the ponies had been charging along the drift path where she was walking so she dived into the drift.

I will say I took great delight in this as she was a mean piece of work!

Luckily for us as the ponies went down the hill a good mile from the field, a man also walking home saw them coming amd yelled amd waved his arms at them so they turned to head back from whence they had come.
We caught them at the top of the hill and managed to fashion two halters into one. Jane led the way riding a 12.2 and I brought up the rear on another small pony. The loose ones npbetween us. Jane set off at a canter and as we went back along th flat so she yelled out "Mind your back!" and my old teacher went back into a drift.
We keeps cantering back to the lower field and all was fine
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post #58 of 80 Old 08-12-2016, 11:05 AM
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I find it hilarious that everyone has a story or two about how their horses have escaped. It happens to the best of us. About a year and a half ago, I moved my 8 month old filly from my mom's to a stable that was closer to me. She was extremely stressed in her pen near a busy highway, so the owners thought that if they moved her to a different pen a little further down the yard, it would help her calm down. Well, she decided that she didn't want anything to do with that pen and jumped the fence. It wasn't a super low fence, but not super high either - about 4 ft tall. Luckily, their yard is fenced, but she still thought it was great fun to race around while the owners tried to catch her. I was so embarrassed. Here I've just brought a new horse to a new place, trying to make a good first impression with the owners and my previously calm and quiet horse is acting like an idiot. She was banished to the round pen which has 6 foot fencing until her quarantine period was over. Once she had a few buddies, she settled right in.
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post #59 of 80 Old 08-13-2016, 06:59 PM
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When I was a kid, my pony lived at home. We had temporary grazing set up with an electric fence. A neighboring pony (he lived almost a mile away) was an escape artist.
EVERY DAY, for two weeks, that little white pony would come charging down the road, run right through my electric fence and take my mare with him as he kept going down the road to the other neighbors yard to visit their horses.

EVERY DAY for two weeks, I chased them down, brought my girl home, and then walked that little white pony back to his house.

I guess they finally fixed their fence, because eventually he didn't show up any more.

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post #60 of 80 Old 08-13-2016, 07:10 PM
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Lol funny!^

Yeah my mare also got out when I first bought her and moved her to a barn (in a trainer's backyard) that I knew nothing about. I guess it took QUITE awhile to catch her, with grain and all sort of treats and tricks lol, got her in right before I got there too lol I'm sure she would have come to me.

The funny part is my mare is SUPER quiet and easy and I do leave her with the stall guard all the time. Heck it's probably not even necessary! I've debated letting her loose a few times when hand grazing lol.

I think it was just being at a new place and I don't think she knew about stall guards specifically yet (she knows not to leave her stall but stall guards are new, I think she was nervous and went to follow the trainer outside!

The trainer STILL doesn't trust my mare with a stall guard LOL, it's been a year with NO further incidents whatsoever.
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