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    06-03-2009, 12:56 AM
  #101
Foal
Sorry hun, but I think you may have overreacted. Many people leave halters on their horses indefinitely and many more leave a halter on for a week or 2 when they first come home. In fact, all BLM mustangs have a halter and lead on them when they are loaded onto trailers by government officials, and you really can't find a wilder horse. If the halters are close fitting and the horse is barefoot the risk of injury is actually pretty low. Having a rope drag is much more risky and can really freak out a horse when they step on it, you would probably get a better response from them if you only make a point about the dragging rope - especially since the horses were unsupervised and one horse got tangled.

Calling the authorities on neighbors ALWAYS backfires ... especially about animals. People are crazy when it comes to animals. Besides, if the animals are fed and watered and have adequate shelter there isn't much you can do except file a complaint. At which point they will roll their eyes, and show the inspector that the animals are "well" cared for and become angry at whoever they think turned them in. This is true even when animals are STARVING to death - many owners refuse to believe that their animals are receiving inadequate care. But people DO listen to people they care about and respect. The best way to help in a low grade neglect type case such as this, is to offer polite and sincere sounding advice to them. You might be surprised at how readily they take it especially since they are new to horse ownership.

Anyway sorry this was so long, but my advice is to make peace. Invite them to a barbecue or something and when they drive you crazy - find somewhere to vent. Then if you do see the need to call the authorities, you can look shocked and appalled when they vent about it to you

Also - I wouldn't worry about the mare unless she is in heat and if the colt hasn't been bred before he probably won't try too hard to reach her - of course it also depends on the colt. And maybe the crazy kids with their motor bikes aren't such a curse - I bet your mare is completely bomb proof now.
     
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    06-03-2009, 01:44 AM
  #102
Foal
Well, I talked to the husband tonight and he moved the stud to his other neighbors pasture for now. He says he will be gone soon.....we will se............for now its good and I am going to invest in some hot wire this next paycheck. Just not an expense I expected is all. Wth elst can I do???
     
    06-03-2009, 04:38 AM
  #103
Foal
Hey Katie, we can only go along in life taking actions that we feel are honest, right and with good intentions. This world will always be full of people who will disagree with another's choices. That what makes it interesting.
Think about that row of trees. An initial expense may be a long-term investment in you and your families happiness in sharing the countryside space with your neighbors.
By the way, at this stage of the game....I would not recommend offering the use of your round pen or arena to calm things down. That type of generosity should be limited to "friends" only.
     
    06-03-2009, 09:31 AM
  #104
Yearling
Just saw this thread, been going on a long time. First I agree sometimes halters must be left on but they should be break away halters, if a rope is left on I think it should just be a short rope, enough to catch but not a full lead.

As for taking off the other halter the OP has repeatedly admitted that was wrong, but at the same time what if she left it on and a few hours later that horse was caught up and panicky?? I probably would have left it on but its a "moot" point for sure.

As has been suggested planting trees and a hotwire and hopefully turn your back on this ..... offering to make peace is a good thing but it may not work so protecting yourself is necessary at this point.

Good luck!
     
    06-03-2009, 11:01 AM
  #105
Foal
I just bought my first horse last fall. I bordered my mare for the first 6 months and the first thing I learned was to never keep a halter on a horse unless it’s a break away. I wouldn’t have known that on my own. I hope you and your neighbor are able to work things out and get along because she is going to need a lot of advice if she is a first time horse owner. I know I couldn’t have succeeded with out the help of all the great people I met at the barn. If you don’t know what you are doing owning horses can be frustrating, scary and dangerous!
     
    06-06-2009, 07:10 PM
  #106
Foal
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Originally Posted by QtrHorse    
Hey Katie, we can only go along in life taking actions that we feel are honest, right and with good intentions. This world will always be full of people who will disagree with another's choices. That what makes it interesting.
Think about that row of trees. An initial expense may be a long-term investment in you and your families happiness in sharing the countryside space with your neighbors.
By the way, at this stage of the game....I would not recommend offering the use of your round pen or arena to calm things down. That type of generosi.ty should be limited to "friends" only.
My thoughts exactly. Thanks
     
    06-07-2009, 02:07 AM
  #107
Foal
I agree,taking the halter off then was the right thing to do-what if the horse had hung itself?Who could get over the guilt of that?But maybe you should try writting her a letter to avoid a confrontation.Explain that you really care about the horses and that you would love to help out.Tell her you would appreciate it if she looked out for your horses as well.Just be as friendly and "helpful" as possible and maybe she will take the opportunity to patch thinngs up...
     
    06-07-2009, 09:27 PM
  #108
Weanling
Wow that's insane, what a ditz!!! My neighbour bought a stud colt and they knew nothing about horses and they didnt even have him fenced in! They just let him loose and I had a mare at my place! ( we only lived a mile apart) it made me so mad. Than they moved away and sold their horse. Thank god! I would give them a piece of your mind, but in a kindly manner, not like a jerk haha :p good luck if you do that
     
    06-07-2009, 09:41 PM
  #109
Green Broke
We have two horses at the barn where you have to leave the halters on or you'll never catch them- it's just how they are. Sometimes it's a necessity. I drive a lot for work and all around I see a lot of horses out and about with their halters on.
     
    06-08-2009, 05:55 AM
  #110
Foal
Katie, please don't "give them a piece of your mind" or "offer to help them out". Just go about your own wonderful life. It happened. It will blow over. Don't be overly interested in these folks but simply be kind, courteous and respectful as a good neighbor. Most importantly.......enjoy your horses!
     

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