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What would you do about this?

I keep my horses on 40 acres at home. I go out and whistle and they run to the barn to get fed. Last night I was whistling and whistling and they weren't coming. I stood out there for what felt like forever running all these panic scenarios through my head. Eventually they did show up, thank goodness. It was pitch black so I couldn't see a thing.

If your horses didn't come what would you do?
 

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What would you do about this?

I keep my horses on 40 acres at home. I go out and whistle and they run to the barn to get fed. Last night I was whistling and whistling and they weren't coming. I stood out there for what felt like forever running all these panic scenarios through my head. Eventually they did show up, thank goodness. It was pitch black so I couldn't see a thing.

If your horses didn't come what would you do?
Grab my flashlight...and take a walk. Or break out the quad.
 
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I would have gone and done something else for 15 minutes and then come back, if they still didn't come I'd whip out the quad to rule out something bad.
Even at boarding stables I know a lot that if the horse doesn't want to come in (and is not in danger) they leave it until it gets hungry, which usually takes about an hour tops haha.

Good luck!
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I thought I'd get in my car and drive about. I just worried if they weren't down they'd been stolen. WY is opening 2 new slaughter plants thanks to the new law.

That would be a terrifying feeling..especially with a big pasture. I can see them just not wanting to come up, but with that being a factor I would be a little worried too!
 

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My horse is on 60 acres and usually doesn't meet me at the gate so I have to walk it every night in the dark to find him
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my horses only have 21 acres and when they don't come to feed calling i get my quad out lol turn the lights on and make sure they get there buns back up to the barn area...
i have spotted mountain lions right on the outskirts of our property so no more walking the fields in the dark lol
 

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I'd probably honk the horn on my truck a couple times, something louder to get their attention, then try whistling again (but I can whistle! lol). then, I'd walk or drive to try to find them.

My dad has this loud "yelp" type yell that he can call the horses up from anywhere. That call carries so far!!
 

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^ like a sort of "c'MON!" thing? I do that. Carries a lot farther than just yelling their names that's for sure. it's hard to put into words, perhaps I should record myself calling the horses LOL
 

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The rattle of the dinner bucket does more to call my bunch than all the whistling and yelling in the world. I have no idea how they can hear that when they 'can't' hear me yelling and whistling but one tiny little shake and here comes the whole 'Hundering Therd'! LOL
 

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I agree with above, no horse can withstand the sound of a bucket of feed shaking :)

I'm blessed with my gelding, he is on about 20 acres and finds his way to the gate no later than 3pm every day. Loves the idea of getting out in the morning, once out in the wind and rain for a few hours he then loves the idea of dinner,a warm bed and a good helping of haylage.

I dont call him often, he knows my jeep and can see me coming in from the main road, without fail by the time I'm out of the jeep he is at the gate waiting.
 
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My barn owner has a last cast iron "dinner" bell near the pasture gate. I thought it went nicely with the western motif in his yard and complimented him on it.

That's when he told me it was to call the horses in.
 

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I like the cast iron dinner bell.

Sometimes in the winter when I feed, after I start throwing out the flakes, I will yell (ok--screech), "Pony, pony, ponies." They are usually already on their way.



Two summers ago, packed in to Eagle Cap Wilderness, all the horses were grazing in a meadow. It was marshy in some areas and we didn't want to slop through it. So I tried the screech thing. Guess what? Mine came and brought the others with them! It helped that we fed beet pulp when they were high-lined.
 

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LOL As of right now, I don't have my horse at the house, but I do call my chickens and duck! I give a good old, "here chick, chick, chickens....hey there duck, duck!"
 
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