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  • #41
    I wanted to give it a thumbs down because I hate it, but yep what she said.

    My [second] response wasn't directed at you. I don't condone irresponsible ranching/farming practices and it sounds like your "neighbor" is more less using the law to justify his "lack" of .....(fill in the blank). It's a real problem for those who build/buy in ranch lands hoping to have the life in suburbia with some rural overtones, especially if they were never warned about the consequences. I'm on an old ranch which borders the Tonto and State lands, all used for grazing. My fences though aren't so much in place to keep out the livestock but to keep out neighbors' dogs, coyotes, bob cats, javelinas and the occasional mountain lion. For me those things create far more havoc and damage....but then I grew up milking cows and showing beef cattle
    Ranch of Last Resort


    • #42
      For six years I tried to get away with not having to put up that last 1500 feet of perimeter fence, so for six years I had everybody and their brother's stray livestock tearing the place up. Donkeys, cattle, goats, and once a pretty nice QH mare that I should have kept, since her owner turned out to be a real chumpass mofo. I finally caved this year when a herd of ginormous longhorns busted into my hay barn and held me captive in a paddock for two hours. They scared the bejeezers outta me.

      That whole open rangeland deal is pretty outdated since so much of the land out here has been divided into ever-smaller chunks for hobby ranches and farmettes, but whaddya do.
      Dreadful Acres: the chronicle of my extraordinary unsuitability to country life


      • #43
        Is anyone else getting a kick out the percentages?

        Yes – Property is fenced with a gate at the drive way – gate stays closed. - 6041.38%

        Yes – Property is fenced, but driveway gate stays open / no driveway gate. - 5034.48%

        No – Property is not fenced from the road. - 3524.14%
        For the record, I am apart of the 5034.48% We have a fence that surrounds the entire farm, but we keep the gate open most of the time.
        Southern Cross Guest Ranch
        An All Inclusive Guest Ranch Vacation - Georgia


        • #44
          LOL, I hadn't noticed those percentages. 6000%, huh?

          My property is not perimeter fenced with actual fence, the topography both makes that near impossible but also unnecessary. The barn, paddocks, ring, etc areas are in a natural "canyon" of sorts. The driveway, house, street are all 20-30 feet higher and the slope up to those is steep as snot and ledge outcrops. With brush and trees clumped tight gripping onto the ledge and rock.

          If I had mountain goats...I'd need more fence. Small goats to get through the trees, LOL! My horses wouldn't be able to make the trip up without a trampoline or crane most likely. Also helps keep the general public from wanting to "come pet the horsies" since they'd practically have to rappel down. It was a major reason for choosing this property...natural security perimeter fencing.

          That's on the 3 sides I wouldn't want the horses running off on. Towards the house and away from the street they have 2 choices: up a gravel drive to the house or around the raised riding ring, past the house to Cockaponsett State Forest.
          However all horse areas are also fenced. Horses can go from barn to either paddock or ring without ever leaving a fenced area. This way if a gate is left open...they're not going far. Or if I'm not able to be home, Mr Blue can move them around without them in the open on a leadline.

          Safety comes first, second and third here. Keep the horses safe and the public. A horse loose on the road can ruin an entire family's life because often a horse vs car collision is catastrophic for everyone. Simply not worth it.

          However trail riding, etc is not done in fenced areas, obviously. Other than trail riding...my property doesn't really offer any other riding other than paddocks or ring, too heavily wooded other than the yard and I'm not ruining that. Well, not making it worse, LOL!
          You jump in the saddle,
          Hold onto the bridle!
          Jump in the line!


          • #45
            I wish I could put a gate on my driveway as I live on a very busy road, but I share the driveway with another house (non-horse family) and a public utility.


            • #46
              My perimeter is fully fenced with no climb (keep neighbors dogs out, my animals in). I have locked gates in the rear of the property in case of fire - if the front gate was unpassable I could open one of the rear gate(s) and go out towards the lake with the horses (on foot) to escape the flames.

              I have 4 gates between the back pasture (where the barn is) and the (front) road. Usually all the gates (except the road) are open, with the front gate an automatic gate that closes after you drive through. If I am expecting company the horses are confined to the back pasture - so they don't "slip out" in that brief period of time the fornt gate is open. Perfect setup for non-horses people (bug guy, etc.) to enter property without having to worry about horses getting loose.
              Now in Kentucky


              • #47
                The property is not perimeter fenced. I have a wide, unfenced. strip along the perimeter of the property. (The property is landlocked, except for a pipestem driveway). But everywhere the horses go, except when actually being ridden, is fenced.

                Three sides have at least a row or trees between us and the next property. The 4th side is an open field, but IT is surrounded by trees on 3 sides.
                Last edited by Janet; Nov. 13, 2012, 04:07 PM. Reason: added about trees.

                chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                • #48
                  Horse mesh fencing on 3 sides, barbed on the 4th (soon to be replaced!). 3 x 12' latched gates. Gates stay closed unless county appraiser comes, open gate and just drives in, le.aving gate wide open behind him


                  • #49
                    something seriously wrong with the calculation of the percentages on this poll.


                    • #50
                      Just the formatting
                      66 people (which is 40.74%) selected the first option.

                      There SHOULD be a space beteween "66" and "40.74%", instead they just don't quite line up.

                      54 people (which is 33.33%) selected the second option.

                      42 people (which is 25.93%) selected the third option.

                      of course, by the time you read this, the actual numbers will have changed.

                      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                      • #51
                        Barn area is fenced, back yard is fenced. We're on a flag lot and have all of our property lines are bordered by surrounding properties, one of which is also fenced. You have to go through 2 gates that are always closed to get to the barn.

                        My current 2 seem to have no interest at all in leaving the property, but I'd still like to fence in the front yard and put in a gate at the end of the drive, mostly for aesthetics. Trav was awful though about wanting to head for the hills. He could smell a poorly latched gate from the other side of the property, be through it in 10 seconds, and he'd head straight for the main road, where there are 2 other small horse farms. He got out 3 times and I nearly had a heart attack each time, especially the time I received a call at the office (an hour away) from one of the neighbors to tell me she had '2 visitors'. Trav and Rico. Someone had unlatched the front gate to their pasture.
                        Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                        Witherun Farm