RE: [RC] electric fences - Vicki Austin
I have been reading and reading all this info about
"to fence or not to fence" "to tie or not to tie"
and I just had a THOUGHT. (Strange I know, you could
all probably smell the wood burning) Anyway, in the
OLD days, back when I was a kid, we used to teather
our horses and ponies with a chain inside a hose,
hooked down low so they could eat and move around but
not get hurt and not get hung up and no rope burns or
anything. It would be strong but safe (I think, at
least ours never got hurt) We have one horse that
likes to just walk through a fence when she feels like
it. Doesn't matter what it is. She has walked through
a stockaid fence, electric wire and tape up to four
strands of it(yes they were on and no she didn't have
a blanket on) We have been agonizing as to what to
do with her at rides this year. Was thinking about
those new skyhook things but they are pricy, likewise
the metal portafences, plus she would walk through
them. Has anyone ever had any experiance / problems
with the chain in the hose thing? Or can you forsee
any problems with that idea? I supposed you could use
rope inside but it is hard to get a rope to slide
through the hose where as the chain is heavy enough.
My other horse has never gone through a fence unless
the mare goes first and drags him along. Now it is
more scary to think of other horses going through the
fence and taking him with them. I don't like tying
unsupervised as I have had horses get hung up (as in
turning around and getting the rope caught around
thier neck) I had one horse that could untie anything
and open every hook, snap, and horseproof latch. He
would turn on lights in the barn and let everyone else
out of their stalls as well. I had to paddlock his
door. He could even open electric fences by taking
hold of the rubber handle and opening it. I had one
horse that would lay down and scoot under the fence
and get out. (I kid you not, I watched her one day) I
had one horse that could jump anything. He would run
and size up the fence (yes electric as well, barb wire
5 ft high) and then run across the pasture and jump
out. (I saw that as well, several times as I tried
to change the fences and deter him) Anyway what do you
all think of the chain and hose thing???
--- Roy Drinnan <rdrinnan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> let me just add that you can't tie our horse to the
> trailer. We have a
> number of destroyed halters, leadlines and bent
> trailer parts to prove it.
> We do tie him during tacking etc, but he regularly
> gets loose during these
> periods of time unless he is tied inside the corral.
> its really quite funny. He is a old app with almost
> 5000 miles, mostly CTR.
> He is a real lazy horse. He will stand, tied to the
> trailer, kinda snoozing
> away, then all of a sudden he will come up tight on
> the lead. Either he has
> slowly lowered his head or something made him turn,
> or something like that.
> Its seems a complete surprise to him that he is
> tied. He sets back and
> pulls for all he is worth. If you can get to him in
> time, he will relax and
> let off the pull and go back to snoozing, but if you
> aren't close and the
> trailer won't go along with him, he's leaving.
> this is a 15.3 App gelding that is prety solid for a
> 23-25 yr old.
> Once he gets loose and realizes the trailer has let
> go of him he just stands
> He doesn't take that free spree through camp. he
> has gotten out of his
> corrals, before the glow sticks, and is always found
> within 10 feet of the
> pen, on better grazing.
> Like alomost anything, this is a choice issue. I do
> agree with the problems
> of one or two loose horses freeing a lot of others.
> I have been involved in
> to many rescues not to be concerned. I have also
> rescued tied horsed from a
> lot of problems too.
> Roy Drinnan
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- RE: [RC] electric fences, Roy Drinnan