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post #1 of 16 Old 10-24-2009, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Do you lock your stables?

I am not based on a yard or have the ability to lock a gate as I remodelled a stable on my landlords farm. There have been a couple of robberies around my area in the last couple of weeks and I was wondering should I lock my stable with the foals inside. Now im not 100% happy with this as what happens if there is a problem and they need to come out immediatly. But I would not like them stolen,

What do you do??
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-24-2009, 08:52 PM
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Lock your tack and equipment up, lock your gates, do not lock your stalls or barn doors, because in an emergency, your hands might not work well enough in your panic. Double up your fences, and go to the shelter and pick up a few big, friendly, farm/family dogs, and set them up nicely with comfy, warm beds and good food in the barn. When they bark, get up with your shotgun and spotlight and head down to the barn. Get one some dog with an IMPRESSIVE bark, or maybe an intimidating figure. Install cameras and motion sensitive lighting.
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post #3 of 16 Old 10-24-2009, 08:57 PM
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the barn im at they don't lock the barn or the gaits, the owner lives on the spot and its a petite lady, but very intimitdating. But ya, I would just make sure you keep your gun beside your bed and get a big dog, haha maybe get a handgun with a silencer on it, you wouldnt want to wake your horses up, or wake the neighbours....haha

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not sure silencers are even legal.... since this isnt your property you really need to talk to the landlord. Get a motion sensor light for the driveway and a video camera if possible.
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No silencer, because if you are not prepared to seriously injure or even kill the PERSON doing bad on your farm(a dog or aggressive or potentially harmful animal is one thing, a person is different), then your sound would be a vital tool shoudl you have to discharge your firearm. You can use the sound to scare the s**t out of the intruder if it came to it.

If you are going to have a gun, be sure to know your firearm, practice with it, and follow the basic firearm safety rules even in such a stressful situation. The MOST important rule you will need to train yourself to is know what is beyond your target. You wouldn't want to shoot, miss, and hit one of your horses in your field, or your neighbors house, or your big dog. KNOW your surroundings, and prepare yourself to know where everyone and everything is even at night. Know where to go, to put YOU and YOURS in the safest position should you have to discharge your firearm. And of course have all your firearm paperwork in order.

High power flashlights will become your best friend.

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post #6 of 16 Old 10-24-2009, 09:14 PM
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that was a joke people.... but I would definitely keep a gun around, you never know how criminals will react.

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Yeah, I don't joke about firearms.
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I do :P

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For me, it is like joking about cancer. It is not funny. Shooting people is not funny. Shooting animals, even aggressive ones, is not funny. MISUSING firearms is not funny, especially if you are fond of your right to own on in America. Firearms are a serious deal. As a state certified Pistol Coach for a local shooting team, I take great offense when people joke about the misuse of firearms. This is a different argument though than the OP wanted and should be moved to a different thread if you wish to continue it.
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-24-2009, 10:08 PM
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then I wont joke about firearms around you.

I guess its just albertan humor

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