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    09-13-2011, 11:33 PM
Neighbors Dropping Large Amounts Of Apples Into Paddocks

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On a few occasions, my neighbors have been dropping crab apples by the bucket loads into our paddocks for the horses to eat, and quite honestly I'm getting a little tired of the horses stumbling over large piles of apples while I ride, and kicking them back into their property. They do not have my permission to feed my horses anything, is it illegal for them to be dumping large quantities of apples onto my property, and how shall I go about telling them to stop?
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    09-14-2011, 01:48 AM
Explain that while you appreciate they like your horses and want to give them treats, that horses are very delicate and too stupid to stop eating before they cause themselves harm. Then ask them very nicely to stop feeding the horses apples and ask that they either throw them away themselves (not fair for you to have to do it) or to give them to someone else. If that doesn't work put an electric wire on your fence and don't tell 'em. VBEG
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    09-14-2011, 02:02 AM
I would be having a conversation with them face to face. Although apples are pretty harmless for the average horse, what if they were dumping the clippings from Yew bushes? That could kill a horse. They may just not knwo any better. Give them the benefit of the doubt and speak to them.
    09-14-2011, 08:01 AM
I would start by assuming they mean no harm and are just clueless people thinking they are doing a good thing.

Walk over to their house next time you see them outside (or go knock on the door) and thank them for caring so much about Dobbin and Buttercup. Tell them how great it is to have such a wonderful and considerate neighbor.
Then tell them how Dobbin and Buttercup have very sensitive digestive systems and eating too many apples or other treats can cause problems such as colic and founder (toss the word vet in there some where if you want it to sound more convincing). Note, do not simply tell them that feeding apples to horses causes founder and colic, tell them that Buttercup and Dobbin are delicate , blah blah blah. Otherwise they will go google it and find some site some where that says it is not truly the case.

Your specific horses are on a controlled diet so though you appreciate their niceness you are sorry to say that you have to ask them to not dump treats into your paddocks anymore.

Then promptly change the subject to something else.
    09-15-2011, 05:40 AM
Go careful with crab apples though lol, we had some cows out in a feild with a crab apple tree and the cows came in drunk one evening :L funniest thing I have ever seen, until we was made to pick the apples off the tree and throw them away -_-
    09-15-2011, 03:30 PM
Green Broke
I wouldnt play the dance around game, Id simply pick em all up and walk over and say, please stop putting stuff on my property.
If they did it again call the police and charge them with littering or attempted poisoning of your horses.
    09-15-2011, 03:34 PM
It is not a dance around game. It is called being a polite and good neighbor. No reason to go all postal on someone when they may simply be making a mistake with good intentions behind it.

If you ask them to stop and then they do not stop, then going postal is fine.

People can not be expected to realize they are doing something wrong.

People who know nothing about horses do not know that too many apples is a bad thing.

Why make the relationship difficult from the start?
    09-15-2011, 04:02 PM
They have their own horse. I was simply hoping for a little more respect, but I am going to take the more polite approach the first go round.
    09-15-2011, 04:13 PM
Just because they have a horse of their own that they have not killed yet does not mean they have a clue. Sad but true fact.

I like to think that they are unknowing more than they are rude and inconsiderate.

Maybe Dobbin (their horse) likes them so they figure your horses would like some too.

Fingers crossed it goes well.
    09-15-2011, 04:34 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Just because they have a horse of their own that they have not killed yet does not mean they have a clue. Sad but true fact.

I like to think that they are unknowing more than they are rude and inconsiderate.

Maybe Dobbin (their horse) likes them so they figure your horses would like some too.

Fingers crossed it goes well.

But you'd think they would have some respect? I mean, they don't have permission to be dumping things on my property, let alone feed my horses. It's not like I sneak across their yard and dump treats into their paddocks (I probably wouldn't be brave enough, their dog is a bit of a prick.) I don't even talk to them. I'm sure everyone is quite aware that feeding any animal garbage isn't healthy, but that doesn't keep the plastic bags and roofing shingles out of the paddocks either.

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