Re: [RC] electric corral - Jim Holland
Don't agree...I LIKE my corral. It lets my horse walk around, relax,
and lie down. If I have lots of room, I can make it bigger...as when I
get there early or stay late after the ride. If there is lots of room, I
can move it around and let him have grass. I don't use tent pegs to hold
up the corral...that's a trip hazard. Having holes dug where you tie him
or highline him doesn't endear you to Ride Managers, either. When you
can move the corral around, there is less impact on the ridecamp site.
And while I'm on my soapbox, at LEAST scatter your poop and hay and fill
up any holes created by your horse pawing.
Rule ONE on electric fences is that you NEVER leave it not
energized...NEVER! Not in your pasture at home, not at a ride, not
ANYTIME. It's just like "burning" a cue. If you let him get away with it
ONCE, he WON'T forget. They learn to "smell" if it's on.
Rule TWO is that if there is ANY doubt about the environment you are in,
or you feel insecure about your "location" at the ride, you tie to the
trailer. If you blanket, you tie to the trailer.
Rule THREE is that you "protect" your corral. Back up against a fence,
the woods, another trailer, make an "L" with your truck and
trailer...protect yourself from the "He's never done that before"
I was at the ride where Joe Harris was run over by someone's horses. The
other problem with that site is that it's right beside a paved
road...with cars going pretty fast. Joe got hurt because he was trying
to prevent the horses from getting out to the road. I backed my corral
up against the woods...with my truck on one side and my trailer on the
other. No way a horse was going to run through my corral. MY horses are
TRAINED on corrals...LONG before they ever go to a ride. They spend
quite a few nights in a 12 x 12 corral at HOME...ELECTRIFIED!
Hey, it's your choice....do your thing....but just do what YOU think is
necessary for your horse to be safe and YOU to be safe. Me, I like my
corral...done properly it has no more drawbacks than any other method.
Best advice I can give anybody in Endurance...got taught that a long
time ago. Look at what everybody else is doing, evaluate it as it
applies to your situation, then grab the things that work for you, can
Hadn't thought about the glow sticks on the corral...that's a GREAT
Hmmm...could even see to pee in the middle of the night...accidentally
peed on the corral charger one dark night...left a flashlight handy
Jim, Sun of Dimanche, and Mahada Magic
Rides 2 Far wrote:
> > Kelli-This looks like a major issue/problem for me...I think you
> > made my
> > whole point about why I think they are totally unacceptable.
> Ditto! My personal favorites are the people who put up stakes and tape
> and DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY JUICE ON IT!!! At one ride this summer a horse
> was leaning all over his tape. Several people commented to the girl that
> the horse obviously had no respect for it and she'd better tie him up.
> "Oh no, he's NEVER gotten out" was her reply. Well...lucky me, he got
> out at about 2 AM and came right to my picket line....after he ate what
> little alfalfa I'd brought for the vet check. I was very lucky he didn't
> decided to kick the stew out of my horse since they were squealing and he
> was twice Kaboot's size. I caught him in my bare feet and since there
> was no doubt where he belonged returned him. Sad thing is, she was a
> very nice person. She replace my hay with better hay. She was very sorry.
> She meant no harm. What do you say to someone at a time like that? "I
> told you so" is assumed. I just don't know how people can risk other
> people & horse's lives so casually. I'm still taking care of Joe
> Harris's horses after he was run over at Longstreet's Charge by horses
> who escaped an electric corral. After a shoulder joint replacement he
> will never be able to use that arm normally again. He didn't sue or give
> his insurance company the info to allow them to sue for their loss (which
> is usually who sues, not the injured person). Wonder if they're still
> using that corral?
> P.S. My other pet peeve as a ride manager is the person who arrives early
> and stakes out an acre and a half of pasture for their horse!
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Richard T. "Jim" Holland
Three Creeks Farm
175 Hells Hollow Drive
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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- [RC] electric corral, Rides 2 Far