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        07-31-2012, 09:47 AM
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    Green Broke
    I, personally, would camp out as well, though I'd carry a nice airsoft or paintball gun so I could extract revenge.(:
    I'd also put up some trail cams around the barn and hide them in such a way that isn't noticeable. I'm actually debating on putting one up in my car-port where MY car is because someone has been messing with the gate around my yard. I keep the gate unlocked if one of us are leaving (aside from my mother, who gets the garage >.> ) so that we can get back in. Everytime I leave in the middle of the day, I can tell it was messed with (looks like going in and out the gate) because of the lock latch on the outside (don't have a lock on it because it was too difficult to mess with and no one ever remembered to take the key). While I have an idea of who it is, I can't be sure. I made sure to take my bow out of the garage so no one could use it against me/my family if it came down to me seeing them in y yard and going after them, which I can see myself doing.

    But, for the alarm, I would place it high enough so it would hit about abdomen height on a person so that cats/coons wouldn't trip it. It'll be a person or the horses, in which case the horses would be moved back to the safety of their stalls sooner than morning if they were to decide to go exploring mid-night.
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        07-31-2012, 09:55 AM
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    Green Broke
    Is the water from a pump type thing where you just pull up to turn it on? I've had horses turn that on!
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        07-31-2012, 10:08 AM
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    Foal
    I have had my horses turn on the hose spigot (the kind with the round handle that you turn) but scratching their behinds on it. We (thankfully) have an attachment that has a valve on the hose that opens and closes it so we didn't have a flooding issue.

    I hope you figure this mystery out.
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        07-31-2012, 10:12 AM
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    Foal
    I agree with everyone on the driveway alarms and the cameras. You can always camp out but make sure you hide your car.

    This situation sounds stressful but you'll figure it out soon enough! Good luck!
         
        07-31-2012, 10:14 AM
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    Showing
    An itchy bum will easily knock a sapling over. It sounds like one of your horses has become quite adept as an escape artist. Amazing what they will do when bored and it becomes a game. I had a mare that could open gates that were done up in a variety of ways. My gelding could figure out how to undo all sorts of things. And to make it more interesting, he'd fling it over his back well past his rump. Bonus if it survived the landing.
         
        07-31-2012, 10:50 AM
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    Weanling
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        07-31-2012, 10:59 AM
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        07-31-2012, 11:15 AM
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    Yearling
    Nothing scares the tar out of a pranking intruder like a couple gun shots when they're are in the midst on an act.

    Someone was stealing the gas from my tank a few years ago. Finally, I stayed up to catch whoever was doing it, and shot a couple times into the dirt about 20ft from where they were. They never came back.

    I also had to scare off deer poachers like that. They weren't so keen when they went to spotlight some deer and were being shot at instead of doing the shootings themselves.

    Of course, it's less likely that someone gets hurt if you use cameras and a drive up alarm.
         
        07-31-2012, 11:27 AM
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    Green Broke
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        07-31-2012, 11:35 AM
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    Foal
    I would set up a a camera in the barn so that you can video tape the culprit equine or other wise. I have a 36 year old mare that in her younger days would let herself (and all her friends) out of the stall and ever out of the barn gate... when she heard the front door of the house open she would sound the alarm and every one would go back in (and yes she would push shut the stall doors and even be so kind as to shut the barn gate... she got caught cause she was able to unlatch the doors but never mastered the art of latching them shut again.)
         

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