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Advice needed please, my 3 year old quarter horse filly is jumping over my 5' fence!

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  • Advice needed please, my 3 year old quarter horse filly is jumping over my 5' fence!

    My 3 year old Quarter Horse filly, has caused so many problems and I am at my wit's end. I got her as a starved 2 year old, managed to put weight on her, and then this past fall she was due her shot's but came down with West Nile, I got her over that. Now for the new problem, my husband spend all summer building me a 5' tall horse fence with poly wire and solid wood post every 10 feet, and I have not taught her to jump at all, but she gets about 20 feet from the fence and leaps over like she a jumper, DID I TELL YOU THAT SHE IS ONLY 14'2 HANDS TALL! I don't know what to do now, any advise would help and the sooner the better.

  • #2
    Use extenders to run a hot as hell hotwire on top of the posts. They screw into the tops and make it at least another 6" tall. Then also run another hotwire inside of the fence, offset to the inside (not flush with the posts). Make her terrified of that fence.

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      #3
      Originally posted by dmalbone View Post
      Use extenders to run a hot as hell hotwire on top of the posts. They screw into the tops and make it at least another 6" tall. Then also run another hotwire inside of the fence, offset to the inside (not flush with the posts). Make her terrified of that fence.
      Should I use solar or the battery kind? also is this normal for her to be doing this?

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      • #4
        I would personally use the electric. I'm debating between this one: http://www.kencove.com/fence/detail.php?code=EXD6 and this one right now: http://www.jefferslivestock.com/ssc/...&pf_id=0028431

        There are some horses who just like to jump!Is she scared when she's doing it? Is she in a dry lot and grass is on the other side? Horses she's trying to get to? Good luck. That's my biggest fear. Our fences are going to be 5 1/2' tall and I'm terrified about it.

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        • #5
          Better burn her on the wire first. You don't want her trying to go over the extra height you add and getting tangled in hot wire.

          Some young horses are suicidal, just keep hurting themselves. You have to figure what is setting them off to find trouble.

          WHY doesn't she like the enclosure? Why can't she be turned out with others? Socializing is about as important as keeping her healthy, so friends are important.

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          • #6
            Off course and not trying to be rude but I'd think about selling her to a jumper that is real talent that is hard to breed.

            I agree with the fencing and trying to work out why she is jumping out. My old horse used to do it when she was stressed about a situation.

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            • #7
              Yeah that above, in all seriousness. Find a skilled, ambitious and tiny jumper rider, junior or amateur, and let rider and horse have the time of their lives together. Hopefully she finds that satisfying and doesn't need to prove more in pasture ... but anyway, it won't be your problem to solve anymore.

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              • #8
                Well, when my stallion came home to live, I HAD to make his turnout jump-proof. It was not an option. And it did look a bit weird, but he never even TRIED to jump out. He could clear 5' easily ... and had as a two-year old (not under saddle.) I don't know if this is feasible, as I don't know how big her turnout is ... but here goes (and NO laughing!)

                We took pressure treated 2x4s and cut them into two-foot lengths, screwed them onto the current fence posts, then hot wired the top. It was cheap and solved the problem. We used 2" tape and he never even looked sideways,... never even THOUGHT about jumping. It was well over 6.5 feet tall.

                The turnout...probably 1/2 an acre (maybe more) was easily done in a day. BUT, it wasn't visible from the road, so the fact that it looked a bit odd didn't bother us.

                Maybe this will inspire someone to post a better solution. But it did work...
                "For God hates utterly
                The bray of bragging tongues."
                Sophocles, Antigone Spoken by the Leader of the Chorus of Theban Elders

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                • #9
                  Figure out why she's trying to get out...

                  When my mare was two, she did this. I had her in a separate field from the broodmares because I didn't want her hurt (she's was a WEE bit "assertive" for a two-year-old). But she insisted on wanting to be in the other field, so I just left her there. Yes, she got a bit banged up, but she survived.

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                  • #10
                    Is she an "only horse" ? Horses rarely leave the safely of the herd, sounds like she is looking for a buddy. A young horse like that SHOULD be kept with one or more OLDER well adjusted horses. Nothing worse than a bratty baby bully that's never had a proper "miss manners" class from an Old Broodmare. Giver a REASON to STAY in the pen, aka her herd.

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                    • #11
                      Is she an only horse? I don't see that anywhere but I keep seeing people mention it. Didn't know if I missed it.

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                      • #12
                        I agree with sell her as a jumper, unless that is why you got her yourself? I agree with find out why she wants to jump out, and if she is alone, get her a buddy. Do you have any pictures of the environment she is in? Somehow I think having a visual of the whole scene could help us all brainstorm?
                        Jeanie
                        RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.

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                        • #13
                          Do you have a feed in her turnout? Many QH I have known have been less inclined to think about athletic activities that can get them killed if they have a stack of hay in front of them. Just a thought.

                          I wouldn't actually want to train her to fear the fence, but if you put the flapping flags on your hot wire, you can train her to fear the hot wire -- not fences in general.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LJStarkey View Post
                            Do you have a feed in her turnout? Many QH I have known have been less inclined to think about athletic activities that can get them killed if they have a stack of hay in front of them. Just a thought.
                            Ok sorry just saw this about the QH and had to laugh! So we have a bigger guy about 16 hh that is a fabulous kids horse, some sort of appendix QH looking guy. At this point he is right around 17 years old, has navicular and really isn't the most athletic thing to begin with if you catch my drift. We cannot keep him in our pastures! With a buddy, without a buddy, in the dry lot, on the 40 acre grass. All property is fenced in the 3" wide hot tape, 3 strands each with quite a current running through it, and its close to 6' tall in most places, only exaggerated by the angle of the hill making it much steeper from take off point, but too low to the ground to go under. Doesn't matter what pasture you put him in, guaranteed he will not be in the same one when you come back! Sometimes goes for a stroll on the property, sometimes wanders back to the barn, sometimes joins a different group of horses in the adjoining pasture (the mares are not so thrilled with this trick). We haven't caught him in the act yet, and can't figure out how the hell he does it. Tape is never down, never has cuts or burn marks from the tape, no freaking clue, and all other horses are exactly where we left them!

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                            • #15
                              Sounds like you need to focus this talent!

                              In all seriousness...as others have mentioned, I'd try to get to the root of the problem. If she's already clearing the thing, a little bit of hotwire may create more danger than preventative.
                              A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                              Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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                              • #16
                                Advice? OK

                                1. Keep the filly.

                                2. Reward her everytime she jumps 4 or 5' clear. (I do and my boy has cleared hot wire many times.)

                                3. Let us all know when you start showing her in the jumpers!

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                                • #17
                                  Post a video of her jumping so we can see her form You might have your problem solved and get enough money to fence your fields in golden rails if she's truly under 14.2 and has that much scope

                                  FWIW, one of our rescues cleared 3'9" routinely as a 11 hand yearling. He tried and made it over 5' then, also, but taking down the top rail. Kudos for him attempting something a foot or two above his eyes. Long story short, previous adopter taught him to run loose on the farm every afternoon for fun before dinner, since the orphan weanling would come back when called Turning him out with the big horses distracted him enough to stop it.

                                  But, he is 3 now and still defiantly headed towards a life over fences. Good mover, balanced, good form, and loves jumping!

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                                  • #18
                                    sorry, but i just don't believe it without video.
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                                    • #19
                                      I advise you to put her in a trailer and send her to me.......

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by goodhors View Post
                                        Better burn her on the wire first. You don't want her trying to go over the extra height you add and getting tangled in hot wire.

                                        Some young horses are suicidal, just keep hurting themselves. You have to figure what is setting them off to find trouble.

                                        WHY doesn't she like the enclosure? Why can't she be turned out with others? Socializing is about as important as keeping her healthy, so friends are important.
                                        We are going to put up some hot wire next week. I have no idea why she does not like her pasture, but she is alone and she is our only horse, so maybe she is looking for a buddy, I just don't know. We spent so much time building this fence for her and she goes over it with no effort, I told my husband she may have to get a new home..

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