Originally Posted by Jacksmama
Personally, I would think about talking to them about being compensated for all of the work you do with the animals. I understand feeling bad for them and taking care of them, and I am sure it wouldn't be an issue if it weren't constant, but since it is why not see if they will maybe give you money off of your lease, etc... That way you'd come out ahead monetarily and not feel like you're neglecting them
I have discussed minor things as they've come up. My neighbors are lovely people, I just don't think they should own animals.
They turned off their autowater and I put my horse in their goat pasture so he could drink from the other one. They asked why I didnt just let him drink from their pond like their horse. The pond has algae ALL over the top of it, its not even relatively clean. I tried to be polite though im sure my emotions came through and she got defensive that if it were dangerous their horse would have died already. Mind you, isaw their dogs drink from it and then vomit right after. I told her I wasnt comfortable leaving my horse out all night with only 1 run in shed bc her horse doesnt allow mine to get coverage and it was kind of like, well you can just bring your horse in the barn then. But that's almost impossible because he runs a rut in the stall and her horse tries to go through the fence.
I can't ask for $$ because I was paying them $100 to bring my horse out in the mornings ($100 to walk 200 feet- no feed, no nothing) then they told me I could stop paying that since I was feeding and bringing in their horse every night. Then it changed to "its too hot to walk that distance in the morning, can we just feed them out in the pasture and leave them out"? To which I agreed,as long as I could separate them for feeding time. So now they don't touch their horse EVER because the only interaction he gets is dinner time, when I feed them. It used to be a give and take situation but its becoming more and more of a take situation. I'm not lazy and I enjoy my interaction with my horse. I can't feed one and expect the other to just stand there calmly. So I guess ill make a point by bringing them in at night again and feeding in their stalls. I don't want to put either horse in the other pasture now seeing what true damage it could cause.