Re: [RC] electric fences - Jessica Spoone
I trained my gelding like that too. If he feels something get tangled around
his legs he will freeze like a statue till somebody notices him. Twice this
has prevented possibly serious injuries. The first time was when we were
riding through a new field and cam across some wire in high grass, before I
saw it it tangled around his front legs and he couldn't move. If I hadn't
trained him to stand still when he got caught it could have been a disaster.
But he simply felt it snag him and stood while i dismounted and untangled
him. The second time was in his pasture, he got tangled with a piece of
baling twine around his legs and stood for god only knows how long till I
saw him and cut it loose. I trly think this is something ANY horse can be
taught with enough patience.
Jessica and Casino
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2002 3:15 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] electric fences
> In a message dated 11/22/02 9:30:32 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> howard9732@xxxxxxx writes:
> > I've seen hundred mile horses tied up to their horse trailer the entire
> > weekend before and after the ride. I'm sorry, but this bothers me a
> > deal, I don't care who the owner/rider is. The horse doesn't get a
> > move around at all except during the ride. Some of you may be convinced
> > this is not a cruel thing to do and the safety value of it all is what's
> > important; I disagree.
> Howard, you have never seen my mare tied to my trailer. She can run in
> circles, buck and otherwise get plenty of exercise when she's in the mood
> (like when her buddy leaves her line of sight) I tie her long, she can
> lie down if she wants. So far she hasn't, to my knowledge, tried to roll
> while tied, but I bet she could without getting tangled. I have thought
> about getting a trailer tie, just haven't afforded it yet. I trained my
> to stop if she gets tangled up. She will stand with her foot hooked in
> something for an hour or more, whatever it takes until someone notices and
> gets her unhooked. I know this because she paws the fence, and has more
> one time gotten her shoe hooked and waited for someone to rescue her.
> true that not every horse is smart or calm or trainable enough to that. I
> just got lucky to have a horse that reasons things out a bit more than
> horses, and doesn't panic. Some horses NEVER get over that instinctive
> TRAPPED, I'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW NO MATTER WHAT!" feeling
> they hit the end of the rope or get a foot hung up. No matter how much
> training a person does, they just have a strong reaction. Every one needs
> find out what works best for their own horse, and provide the safest
> conditions possible. jeri
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