I live alone on a 1000 acre farm where I also board my two horses. The landlord (absentee) leases the hunting rights to a couple of hunters. The hunters don't want anyone else here and have repeatedly threatened to shoot my horses. They have not directly threatened me other than to say that if they see me out riding, I might "accidentally get shot." I have kept the horses in a small 3 acre enclosure with barn and have not ridden during hunting season. This was voluntary on my part. In the past few months, the paddock gates have been repeatedly left open, the fences cut, and the water shut off. To my knowledge, the horses have not been harmed, nor have they left their enclosure, but I am afraid that it is just a matter of time before one or the other happens.
Yesterday, I finally complained to the landlord, and his response was, "They are just horses. Get rid of them." He had no problem cashing my rent/boarding check. He also admitted that these same hunters had "accidentally" shot and killed a cow, but he passed it off as "just a cow."
The obvious thing is to move---and I've been looking, but it has not been easy to find a place for myself and my horses within my budget. I currently pay $710 a month for myself and $200 for the horses. I am paid up until February. The landlord doesn't want me to move, just the horses. He will not refund the boarding fee. I have nothing in writing.
I am doing all that I can to keep my horses safe for the time being, and have researched Equine and Animal Cruelty laws in my state (GA), but they only seem to cover what happens AFTER an animal has been killed/injured. Is anyone aware of any law/legal case that addresses threats against livestock? I'm not looking to take anyone to court. I just want to buy a little time until I can get my horses out of here.