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post #1 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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It really makes me upset when I go outside and look at my neighbors yard. It's filled with four (big) horses, five miniature ponies, and lots and lots of junk. There's piles of barbed wire, tires, random lawn ornaments and old trailers. All of this on a two and half acre lot. There's just so little room for the horses and so many of them and so much stuff. I'm afraid that the horses are in a dangerous environment and aren't getting the care they need. I really want to say something to my neighbor but he is old and lived there so long I'm afraid he will be stuck in his ways or not be able to do anything about it (because he's old). Any idea on how I can talk to him without him getting defensive and offended?

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 04:48 PM
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You may be out of luck, especially if this is how he's kept horses for years and now he's elderly.

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 04:58 PM
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I am guessing SR is correct.


If you are young and your parents agree you could always go over and tell them that you live next door and you are looking for some busy work for the summer and you wondered if he would like you to help him pick up around the horses.

Now the risk there is he will say no thanks to that and suggest you mow the lawn.
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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That's a really good idea alwaysbehind! And SR I was afraid that could be the case. I will talk to my mom about it

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you can either try to talk to him or call the ASPC or SPCA. They may be able to help you out.
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There is nothing the SPCA can do about this guy having junk in his pastures.
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9 horses on 2.5 acres by law is not legal and the Humane Society CAN do something about it. They'll probably give him a warning and tell him he needs to get rid of some horses and clean the place up or if the animals are in poor condition they may end up taking them from him.
I would personally try talking to the man first, offer to help.
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9 horses on 2.5 acres by law is not legal and the Humane Society CAN do something about it. They'll probably give him a warning and tell him he needs to get rid of some horses and clean the place up or if the animals are in poor condition they may end up taking them from him.
I would personally try talking to the man first, offer to help.
Each county has their own laws so it may be ok to have 9 horses on 2.5 acres
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I used to live next to a guy who used to have 15 horses on a 3 acre pasture that was mostly if not all mud. All the horses were under weight and there water tanks were so full of algae that you could almost stand on it. I tried to talk to him but he would not listen so I called the ASPCA and all of the animals, including four dogs that lived in his home that I didn't know about, were seized. I hope it ends better for you and your neighbor than it did for mine.
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Try to offer to help him clean up the place, old trailors are worth money, use old tires as planters. Tell him you feel he needs a little help around the place. If that don't work then call HSUS. A lot of states have no equine protection laws, so good luck.
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