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  • Joined Nov 2012
Sheep hurdles hight
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:36:23 pm »
I'm going to buy in ten sheep hurdles 6ft long  but how high should they be 3ft or 4ft?? Just going to use them for checking the sheep foot trimming dreaching etc.


  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Sheep hurdles hight
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 04:38:50 pm »
My Shetlands are good jumpers but haven't jumped over the standard 3ft hurdles so I would say they are ok. The trouble with the taller ones is that you can't lean over them which can be a pain, plus they cost more. Might be useful for a semi permanent race if you fit a gate into it tho.


  • Joined Oct 2011
Re: Sheep hurdles hight
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 08:18:53 pm »
Depends on your breed of sheep. If its a lowland breed 3ft is fine, but if they are a highland or primitive breed 4ft would be safer. Also depends how you handle them, keep them calm and confined close, your ok, but scare them or make them panic and they could be off to the hills!

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Sheep hurdles hight
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 12:39:24 pm »
Think ours are 3 ft and that's for Soay. Know they could clear them if they had a mind but as thenovice says we keep everything nice and calm and our daughter makes a good collie guarding the end they are more likely to escape from. Also as small an area as possible ..... less likely to run and jump when there's less space.


  • Joined Nov 2008
  • South Northamptonshire
Re: Sheep hurdles hight
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 06:57:30 pm »
I keep Castlemilk Moorits and made my own hurdles to handle them. They are 3 feet high and the sheep don't attempt to get over them. I pinched the design from Tim Tyne's book.
Regards, David

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  • Joined Aug 2011
  • East Lincolnshire
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Re: Sheep hurdles hight
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2013, 07:54:57 am »
Only ever used 3ft    don't fancy climbing over a four foot


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