Here's a new one...update - smarter than I thought...
So today I'm coming back from the barn, driving by this lovely brick house I always go by, with lovely wide open fields, a paddock and nice barn. Usually there are 2 blanketed horses in the small (maybe 1/4 acre) fenced-in paddock. Today there were 2 dark bays OUTSIDE the paddock, lying down in the big, unfenced field. They then stood up slowly and were nudging the ground looking for grass.
Since I had thought they had a chestnut and a dark bay, and they were clearly outside in the open field, I drove around to the other side of the field to check, and sure enough, there was no fence to be seen anywhere around the large open field.
And considering the tragedy of the 22 (now 15) missing horses from the flood following Irene, about 30 miles away, I thought, could it be....?!? (Even though I've thought none of them could have possibly made it...and that appears to be the consensus.)
There were several cars at the house. So I knocked on the door a few times. Pretty loud music. No one came to the door. I drove the 5 minutes to my house, googled the address and found a number and called. I asked if they were aware their horses were out. Explained that I boarded a few miles away, go by daily, just wanted to let them know. And I was given a friendly response, "Well, we now have an invisible fence system up!"
(I have seen the signs by the road in front of the house, but of course, thought they were for the dogs...)
Anybody ever hear of this?!? Guess I'll be going s-l-o-w-l-y by there from now on.
So last night it was too dark to see what was going on, but thought I saw a new gate by the road? Today I went by and they have a new fenced in pasture around the small paddock. Already it is worn to the nubs - just hope they don't think it will replace hay at this time of year, but at least they are inside! (Although without blankets and it's 25 out - they've been blanketed up until a few days ago - hopefully they'll decide one or the other...)
Last edited by CVPeg; Dec. 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM.
The horses were a few hundred feet away from me. Couldn't see them close up. They always seem pretty easy going, so they would probably just stick close to home anyway. But...we all know anything could try to get after them (why even my dogs were fenced in when I lived in the 'burbs). And what a horse would do if they got zapped?!? 50/50 they'd end up on the other side, and be headed elsewhere.
The house is right on the outskirts of this small village, so will be interesting to see/hear if anything happens. And this field is really big - possibly 15-20 acres, and sits within a triangle of 2 roads intersecting. I wonder just how many feet of invisible fence they put in?!?
(I also wonder if they're just pulling my leg, but the young woman who answered the phone sounded surprised that someone had even contacted them first, and did acknowledge my telling her I was a horse owner.)
My first response to reading it was that they were really saying to you with a smile, yes, we know they are out and its not really your business, so they said tongue in cheek, yeah, lady, invisible fencing for horses. However, I am as askance to owners putting horses out without fence near a road as to the idea of invisible fencing for horses. Its just wierd.
Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.
Like others have said, I could see trying it inside a real fence to keep them away from the real fence. But who is protecting the horses from thieves? From dogs? From kids wandering into the open lot? From anyone at all?!