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    Re: [RC] electric fences - Jim Holland

    Again, it's the individuals "judgement". I will do whatever I feel is
    appropriate to protect my horses. I like my corral...have used them for
    many years. I just take measures to "protect" my corral and I train my
    horses. If I don't feel comfortable with the corral, I tie to the
    trailer. My horses come first...but "shit happens"...no matter what you
    do. I will err on the side of the horse, of course...but everything is a
    "judgement" call. I've seen horses injured in ALL of the restraint
    procedures described on Ridecamp.
    Another reason I like the corral...
    Horses are most comfortable in familiar surroundings and following a
    familiar routine.  For example, if they become accustomed to being fed
    at the same time every day, they may become fretful and agitated when
    this doesn't happen.  Participating in Endurance not only stresses the
    horse physically, but requires him to deal with unfamiliar surroundings
    and a dramatic change in his normal routine at the same time.
    My horses are used to having access to their stalls to go and come as
    they please and are out most of the time. They are NEVER tied up for
    long periods of time. They are stressed enough as it is. I want them to
    relax and be able to move around, "similar to their normal
    environment"...which means a corral is, for me, the best choice as long
    as I feel it's safe.
    Jim, Sun of Dimanche, and Mahada Magic  
    Heidi Smith wrote:
    > I agree with you 100% that there are too many folks who CONDITION but don't
    > TRAIN.  That said, I'm not going to leave my horse at the mercy of the
    > unfortunate horses belonging to such folks.
    > Heidi
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    [RC] electric fences, Laura Hayes
    Re: [RC] electric fences, Jim Holland
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