After hearing about the loose horse on HWY 99 Friday night, I thought we should discuss safety measures to keep this
from happening to our beloved equines. While I do not know why this horse was loose, we can still learn from this tragic event here in the Willamette Valley.
- Install a secure, perimeter fence on your property. Make sure you have a gate with a horse-proof latch and use it.
- If you don’t want to fence your entire property, or can not afford it, at least ensure that the livestock portion of your property is securely fenced. If a horse does get loose, it will still be contained in the barn area.
- Check your existing fences for weak spots, clear brush off electric fences and use a fence tester to ensure power.
- Planting a solid hedge on the outside of a fence that borders a busy road can discourage a horse from running right through. Make sure that whatever you plant is not poisonous.
- Consider running single strand of hot wire on the top-inside of your current fence if it is not electrified. This will discourage leaning and chewing on a wood fence, ensuring your existing fence will last for many years.
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