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post #1 of 3 Old 05-29-2014, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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How would you handle this?

The BO's friends keep on asking BO about my yearling. They are interested in buying him. The BO told them they cannot because I don't plan to sell him at all unless a situation comes up that forces me to sell which doesn't happen yet. They would come to the barn and spend time with my yearling. I board my yearling for myself; I didn't bring him there to make him part of the petting zoo. I don't want everybody to pet him and giving him treats. He just started biting people's hands because he expects treats to be there. I hired a trainer to help me handle his biting. I am worried that those friends would teach my yearling wrong things... How can I talk to BO or those friends to not touch my yearling unless it is necessary? They are seriously messing up my yearling's behavior...

This is really sticky situation. BO have done nothing wrong and I know she can't kick out her friends just because of one boarder's compliant. I just want them to understand why I don't want them to mess around my yearling. They have been acting like the yearling is theirs but not mine.

Should I put up NO treats sign on his stall? Or anything that might help people to realize to not play around my yearling???
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-29-2014, 06:16 AM
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Since the BO is allowing...even compounding the situation with it being "her friends" and not stopping what should of never started in the first place..

I would just put it to the BO as...

"The horse is developing some very nasty traits that stem from him being hand fed and handled by some that don't realize how fast bad behaviors start. Please, keep all from feeding, touching and handling MY horse.
I know others mean well, but he is MINE, is privately owned, Not For Sale and therefore there is no reason why he should be being touched.
I would appreciate your help in making sure my wishes are followed.
Thank-you..."

I would also let it be known by word of mouth and by all means a sign that he is not to be hand fed, period.
No treats, his regular food...all goes in a bucket at feeding time.
I think allowing them to pet him...well, that is near impossible to stop as who can resist a cute youngster. As long as they not handle or touch other than to gently stroke his neck, fine.
Otherwise I might be barn looking if it doesn't stop...

Honestly, some people do not realize how fast a bad habit is started...it only takes two times for the horse to start to connect hands and treats and you get a nipper/biter!!

I'm sure the people mean no harm, but they have over-stepped the boundaries when they "assume" and feed anothers animal, handle anothers animal and Don't Have Permission...they also will be the first to make comment that the horse has no manners and is nasty when they get bit!

Good luck...
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-29-2014, 06:25 AM
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I have a "DO NOT HAND FEED" sign on my guys stall……the fact that it has what looks like a shark bite (his) out of it sort of says it all!

I would also talk to the BO and explain the situation. If she cannot or will not help, you may have to move. Perhaps a "horse in training please do not touch, feed, etc" sign would work?

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