If you ever find a horse on your porch one morning, then chances are you have an escape artist in your barn.
A horse on your porch. It sounds like something out of a children’s storybook, but it isn’t. You see, April the horse enjoys escaping, and decided to let herself out and do some exploring. When her owner opened her door, she was in for quite the surprise as she found April checking out her porch and her house.
Escaping horses can sure be entertaining, but they can also be trouble. Some horses have a real talent for escaping from stalls, paddocks, and even crossties. If you have an escape artist on your hands, you’ll need to get creative with the latches and other security measures you use to keep your horse safely contained.
Loose horses can be dangerous for anyone driving on nearby roads, not to mention they put their own safety at risk. Installing cameras in your barn can help you figure out just how your horse is escaping, and come up with a plan of what you can do about it. Installing multiple locks on your horse’s stall, or using different types of locks, can help to keep a horse contained. The same method can work for your paddocks. You’ll also want to inspect your fencing for weak areas where your horse may be able to work his way through.
If you’re lucky enough to own your own horse property, then consider installing a perimeter fence to help keep any runaways contained on the property. A perimeter fence with a gate across the driveway can help to keep your horse safe, since he can’t access any main roads, and you’ll have some time to catch him before he is in immediate danger.
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