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    04-13-2012, 02:40 PM
  #11
Trained
I'm usually a quick fuse and I like to argue. But, I play the "go along to get along" with MY neighbors. I don't know most of the ~200 in our little town, BUT they all know my horses and like them. I try hard to not tick anybody off bc I'm not on my property 24/7. Apologize for the kids and don't let them do this again.
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    04-13-2012, 02:45 PM
  #12
dee
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Your neighbor must be related to my crazy neighbor? She complains about hoof prints...in the road! She filed a complaint with the sheriff's department because horses were pooping in the road and she was tired of driving through it and getting horse poop on her tires.

Now, we aren't the only horse owners in the area, and we certainly aren't the only ones who ride in the rode, but we are always the ones she blames.

Last time the deputy was out, he told us he had to come out to advise of the complaint...but there was no law broken by us (can't say the same for her!). Then he asked if he could go fishing in our pond for a little while. He wanted her to think he was really raking us over the coals for not picking up the horse poop in the road or smoothing out the hoof prints. (He was also on his lunch hour, not on the clock.)

After he left the neighbor drove her car over and stopped in the road in front of the house. "Guess you got told what for, huh?" "Yes ma'am. We sure did." It sure was hard to keep a straight face!
     
    04-13-2012, 03:15 PM
  #13
Yearling
My neighbor is the same way. I live off a "highway"- I use that term liberally since its a small town. None the less, the speed limit is 55. When I ride down the road, I ride on the ditch, and NOT on the side by the road. Why? Because I care more about my life than my neighbors bit$&ing. Screw him, he's old and mean. If I'm nto breaking the law, he can kiss my arse.
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    04-13-2012, 03:17 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dee    
Your neighbor must be related to my crazy neighbor? She complains about hoof prints...in the road! She filed a complaint with the sheriff's department because horses were pooping in the road and she was tired of driving through it and getting horse poop on her tires.

Now, we aren't the only horse owners in the area, and we certainly aren't the only ones who ride in the rode, but we are always the ones she blames.

Last time the deputy was out, he told us he had to come out to advise of the complaint...but there was no law broken by us (can't say the same for her!). Then he asked if he could go fishing in our pond for a little while. He wanted her to think he was really raking us over the coals for not picking up the horse poop in the road or smoothing out the hoof prints. (He was also on his lunch hour, not on the clock.)

After he left the neighbor drove her car over and stopped in the road in front of the house. "Guess you got told what for, huh?" "Yes ma'am. We sure did." It sure was hard to keep a straight face!
Unfortunately for the deputy he just makes it harder on himself (unless he likes driving out there for the complaints ). They'll keep complaining and there's really nothing they can do about it. No law broken, so nothing has changed.

Can't say about all states, but in many the easement is public usage. You walk on, ride a bike on it, any of my pecans that fall on it can be picked up by anyone. Someone may not like that it's that way, but that is the law. The two times I've had a deputy called out on me (a very long time ago) I made sure he explained the law to the complainers (although one had nothing to do with riding on the side of the road). It brought the problem to an end. Once they know there's nothing they can do about it they can stew all they want, but they'll stop complaining to the cops.
Of course today I have a young cousin and cousin-in-law who are both in law enforcement. Both love it when they can deal with someone who wants special rules to apply to them.
I think they tend to have too much fun with it, but that's a different story
     
    04-13-2012, 04:58 PM
  #15
dee
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The deputy is out here constantly for one thing or another. She is always filing complaints about people out here (not just us) and the complaints can't be ignored. She's complained about our horses several times - skinny (when we first rescued a couple that were in bad shape, then more recently when they all came down with pigeon fever), ugly (true, but not a crime) no shoes (also true, and also not a crime) no feed (never true).

She complains that I drive too slow (speed limit is 35, and she drives like a bat out of hell), that another neighbor drives too fast (true) and that yet another neighbor's truck is too loud (also true, but not anything to get upset about.)

She doesn't like that my grandkids play in the front yard or that there are always stray dogs in our front yard (true, but we can't help that - they aren't our dogs).

We've pretty much decided that she's not happy unless she's complaining about something and/or making someone else miserable.

Sad thing is, she never used to be that way. There wasn't a kinder, sweeter, more thoughtful woman anywhere around. Then she got cancer, and either something in the treatment caused a personality change, or she had some sort of stroke during treatment that caused a personality change.
     
    04-13-2012, 09:51 PM
  #16
Weanling
Hi Corporal, while I wish I had handled it more like my husband would have. I will not apologize to her. The 11 yr old was with a 55yr old man, just in case you thought I was taking the word of a kid she is a sweet kid but I know most kids reality can be skewed. I've lived here for 10yrs and other then my husband going out in the night to help her look for her dog with a flashlight after they knocked at our door, I've never had a single convo with her. I can't tell any kid that dirt and grass is more important then giving themselves more room to ride. She was hoping for a fight or she would have talked to my husband, who was outside at the time working on his solar panels on top of our shed. No instead she comes to the front door and she didn't knock she beat on my door, I was napping in my bedroom and at first thought it was part of a dream lol. I have a very long driveway to get to my home and she walked up the driveway with her friend, so they had plenty of time to see him. I'm one of those quiet ones where people usually can get away with a lot, except when it comes to the underdogs of the world, then my mom comes out. My husband is always telling me I should standup for myself more and I'm always telling him once you open the door and the tiger comes out, don't be surprised by what might come out of my mouth. once I'm forced to deal with stupid, I become stupid lol.
     
    04-14-2012, 01:33 AM
  #17
Green Broke
I personally try to stay off of the right away if someone has obviously been taking care of it. But, when it comes down to personal saftey (semi coming and I need to move over, etc) I'll trample the right away all day long.
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    04-14-2012, 02:02 AM
  #18
Weanling
Oh, the drama, the horror!
I had one of my neighbors come fussing about my dogs barking at 4:30 am, which made his dog bark and wake his kid up.
If he hadn't been such an ass about it, I might have done something about it.
However, since my dogs don't get out of bed till 5, I knew whose dogs they are that are fussing at the butt crack of dawn.
It was all I could do to hold my tongue, and be reasonably cordial.
I SOOOOOOOO wanted to inform him that it takes me 4.3 seconds to retrieve my shotgun and load it. It takes 7.8 seconds to run to the street from the front step.
Buckshot flies at 2600 feet per second. Which do you think will reach the street first?
But, alas, professionalism got the best of me.
Which brings me to another point of interest in that some people love the sound of their own voice, and are so uncomfortable in their own skin that they go out of their way to make others miserable, else they wouldnt have any interaction with others whatsoever.
Its called self loathing, and surprisingly prolific in modern society.
It has caused more than one "open mouth, insert foot up to the hip" moments!
     
    04-14-2012, 02:20 AM
  #19
Weanling
Read all the posts so far and tomorrow morning I'm delivering fruit baskets to all my neighbors!

Like Flygap said, "it's the country, country things happen"...and they usually involve poop, mud and/or some kind of critter.
     
    04-14-2012, 03:12 AM
  #20
Weanling
My dad lives in horse country, and as such, they have the dirt paths for people to ride on. Now enter the problem - he HATES horses. Horses were riding past our house daily. He then put grass in, but that changed nothing. We live right around a slightly blind corner. There are ALWAYS cars in the road or parked on the side. SO you'd have to ride in the middle of the street. I tried explaining but he sees it as his yard, but it's the sidewalk basically - well, it really is. And he just says its his yard so he don't want them on it. What'd I do? Wait for him to be outside, and started Walkin down the road like he wanted horses to do. Car comes roaring round the corner, and yeah. Didn't get hit, but I sure as hell proved my point. So, I know the a**hole who does that, but it's my dad. He still gets pissed but he stopped complaining to them
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