Am I just anti-social? **Rant** **long**
Today has got me thinking.
When I first moved where I live now (a very quiet village surrounded by fields - the majority used arable/livestock... not for horses sadly haha) I had the opportunity to rent and 11 acre field with just one other woman who I barely saw (she has a veteran that she just does the basics for) I loved it, it was practically my field and I could do what I wanted when I wanted, I never craved horsey friends, as I had my horse as a friend. Now and then my non horsey but very animally in general friends would visit and we'd have a picnic, it was lovely.
Then in summer 2011 the YO (an elderly "farmer" - not that he tends his land any more - who literally has nothing to do with the field other than be the owner of it... which I like, as I can put fences up Etc I sort everything for my self and nobody would interfere) let 2 more people come rent part of the field.
I thought "that's okay, what's a few more horses?" 7 more horses to be precise, 3 of them were wild-caught foals at the time too! Okay, no biggy, although I like my own space, I can deal with a couple more people. But then all their family are here all the time, and one family shouts all the time. The women are friends from before they came to the field, but tend to b*tch about each other behind their backs and drag me into it. There's one guy, and he's an opinionated old fart. In fact, they're all very opinionated, and if it's not their way, they're not keen on the idea. They think they know NH methods (I do a bit of NH stuff myself, just basic, common sense stuff), well, their methods are hilarious to watch.
Not only this, my once open 10 acres and 1 acre paddock are now split up and I have 2 acres (they also picked the best bits and I got left with the bit at the entrance everyone drives on and I get left with tire-scarred land! Grr - (they also complain at me when my horses crowd the gate - I saw crowd, I have 2 - and they can't get in. Well, move them or keep your car on the drive, it's what the drive is there for - to drive on, rather than driving on my field!)
One of the ladies and her stuck up witch of a daughter have the nerve to complain about my youngster being naughty. Yes, she has a mad 3-year-old funny 5 mins where she bolts around the field like a nutter, it's what she does, I'd rather her do it then rather than when I'm riding! And they have some nerve! They have:
- A fat, mean tempered, lazy, naught ex polo pony veteran that they can't ride because she's either not sound or is just in a bad mood and will refuse to work
- A yearling that is mad as sin (she was one of the wild-caughts) and still acts wild - and they laugh when she does naughty stuff
- A 7 y/o pony gelding who is very green, who they bought in the mean time before their yearling is ready to start!
Also, where I used to canter up the 11 acres out of the top gate onto the trails, they have put a zillion electric fences and those wirey little elastic gates where if you're not careful, you get zapped, so now I can't just gallop through the open field, I have to go to one gate, undo, go through, redo (my horse is too tall for me to do it from her back too!)
The other lady I don't mind too much, but she is still opinionated.
So, today, my Mum tells me that the gentleman across the street has a small paddock that he has offered me first refusal to rent, and I know the farmer with the ajoining field and I think he'd let me rent that too, so I could combine them and have a similar size to what I have right now, maybe just a tad more expensive.
But then I though "Will I get lonely!?" Then I though "You were never happier than when you were on your own, do it!"
Anyone have any advice / similar stories?
Sorry for the rant guys, just needed to let a year and a half's worth of ranting out :p
Last edited by Lockwood; 01-11-2013 at 05:58 PM.