Background: we host the family gatherings for the holidays which brings anywhere from 20-40 relatives over.
We have animals and some of the relatives don't. So when they come over they really think all animals are lovey doovey and want attention. Where as most of my animals don't care for alot of attention.
So dilemma 1 rant/advice wanted
Since most of my relatives only see the horses on the holidays the adults will walk up to the fence and feed the horses so they come close. Ok I can deal with this. But when they think oh look the horse came to me I will go in the field and pet him... I get ticked. Its a safety hazard especially with my twh cross who will try to dominant ppl once they are in the field... as most of you know this is not good especially with people who have no idea what is going on.
So I put electric fencing over my wooden fencing more so for the people that come and try and give treats bc now the horses won't bother going near it... but they(ppl) still go in the field. Even with signs posted on the gates "do not go in field. Warning not safe." well these adults still go in there and every year my twh cross bites someone or gets close to kicking them. So I have put him into further fields each year to keep ppl from getting hurt.
Err how do I keep relatives out of my horses field. I have asked, I have put signs up, I changed fencing, and even put a padlock on the chain of the fence to gate. They climb the gate to get in... and even after accidents each year no one seems to care that I am being serious when I make remarks like my horse will kill you if go in there. (he is not a beginner horse and I don't treat him like one but others do and its getting extremely dangerous now.
Dilemma 2 rant/advice
So at these holiday party nightmares I have to give pony rides as well. I do not mind this at all. Especially since my cousin and sister help me pony the kids around on 3 horses one at a time. But we are having new part of the family over this year. How do I go about the safety and rules with them? I already plan on talking to all the kids before hand. But how do I prove I am serious if they don't listen besides them not riding. I am more concerned about when they are on the horse. How do I get them to listen when they already hit the highlight of actually getting on a horse.
Dilemma 3 advice
This will be the first year for the chickens to deal with so many kids at once. How do I keep the kids from chasing/torchering them? These 3 chickens want to be held and get attention but from experience the kids like to pick them up and throw them which I do not approve of.
As you see holidays are a nightmare for my animals...so besides my ranting how should I go about making it less stressful for them.