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Horse jumping out of pasture!?!

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  • Horse jumping out of pasture!?!

    Has anyone had this problem before? My 3 yo jumped out today as I was leaving in my horsetrailer. 4 acre pasture, and a pony that is his pasture pal. I was leaving with the third horse when this happened. I have not had this horse but about 6 mos, and usually he does run and neigh when I leave..but this time he rolled right over the fence. Little scrapes, fortunately nothing bad. 5 ft smooth wire fence. I then put him in a stall and left him with pony, then left. He did ok. It was scary..I was afraid he would try and jump out of that , too. Its a shed row barn in pasture..so he can see me drive away from the barn too.

    I guess my question..is it better to leave him in something small..like a stall, where he can't get a full steam run going, vs a pasture? help..any words of advice are appreciated. NEVER had this problem before. He is a 15'3" Friesian cross.

    Thanks for helping..

  • #2
    I can solve your problem in one simple step.

    Give me your address and I will show up with my trailer.

    In all seriousness, this guy sounds very talented. But I feel your frustration as I used to have a horse who did the same thing. I'd keep him inside for now both for his safety as well as yours, do he doesn't run loose or go off the property.


    • #3
      I had a 17.2 hh TB who jumped out of a Dutch door stall at GMHA searching for his pals...I'd put your guy in his stall with a solid stall guard above his door. Air and view access but not jumpable.

      I had a 27 year old 14.3er who enjoyed jumping his 4-rail fence to go to the house and peer in the windows. He ended up having to move to a farm with electric fencing above the top rail.
      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


      • #4
        My silly mini jumped over the stone wall paddock last week when I took her pony friend out- and this is a paddock where the big guys are usually kept! It was quite impressive for my short legged, chubby girl


        • #5
          I hope you have jumping plans . Tidy Rabbit has a neato video of one of hers handily hopping out of his paddock as well.

          In all seriousness, RiverBendPol has the best advice. If he gets that worked up, then he'll try to leave the stall as well.
          COTH's official mini-donk enabler

          "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


          • #6
            Here it is... as you will see some of them don't need a full head of steam to jump out. http://youtu.be/VBX1cCIbng8

            Best thing you can do is make sure he's contented and doesn't have a reason to want to leave.
            Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


            • #7
              I owned a 14.3 h. Mo-rab, who would jump out of pastures. The largest one was from a small paddock with a run in stall over a 5' stallion pasture fence.

              Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately, since the stallion was the sire of Seldom Seen and Last Scene), the stallion was in another pasture down the road from the barn.

              If Prys wanted out of a pasture, then out she would go.

              One summer, I helped out with some hunt horses in NC. One of the best of them always went in a certain pasture. One day, I turned him out in the wrong pasture. He calmly walked over to the 4' fence and jumped into the correct field. He was a great horse.

              Good luck! I never found a way to stop my horse from jumping out, except by keeping her with a buddy or putting her in her stall.
              When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


              • Original Poster

                Thank for all the examples! What seems to make sense for him..and working so far..is making his stall (shed row in pasture) a happy place..putting him in with nice flake of alfalfa when I leave...and doing it often during week..to where he is comfy in stall. I am letting him chill in there at random times, too..to just get used to it. Read a book, ect..let him hang. He has been getting calm and ok with it.

                correction..after my husband told me later..he did not really'jump'..more of a roll(!) so no grand prix in future(; he just could not handle the trailer being 'right there' while I was opening the gate to leave.

                Perhaps is was a brain disconnect with a youngster..and won't happen again...sure hope so!?!

                He still has his pony pasture buddy when I leave.

                THANKS AGAIN!!

                that was scary!