Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Central Alabama
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Protecting our family farm legally
My hubby's grandfather owns a lot of land and also leases land near his house and across the street from his daughter's house. There are a total of 5 horses on the leased land.. one is mine, and the rest belong to other people. This land is by a commonly used but not high traffic road and is right on the way to a nature preserve that the entrance to is the end of the road.. next to Gramp's house. Aunt has frequently seen people at the fence petting our horses. We have locks on the gates, but she has found people IN OUR PASTURE "petting" our horses. WTF? Who does that?!?! So here is my concern. What if someone gets hurt??? These are good horses, but they are still animals and anything can happen. One of the mares tends to kick and when she does kick, she's not paying attention to people around her. She'll spin fast to kick one of the geldings.. mainly when she is in heat. We are in Alabama, so I know legally in participating in an equine sport, you do so at your own risk. Most barns have a sign to that effect. We are not a barn. We don't give lessons. We don't have random people ride our horses. Us, my kids, and select friends with a waiver ride with us. So, it's not like they are participating in an equine sport.. they are tresspassing on our land. So, what do we do to protect ourselves from being sued if someone was to get hurt? What idiot ADULT climbs someone else's fence to pet their horses that they know nothing about???
Full time Mom, Army Soldier, Army Wife, and Equestrian Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Author Unknown