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        12-08-2013, 12:41 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Talking I caught him red handed!

    Thursday afternoon I left work a tad early so that I could get out to my horse's during daylight hours to check on them in this bitterly cold weather.

    My boarding person had locked my horses up for me in one of the corrals when they had come home for water that day. Makes it quicker for me that I don't have to go walk 120 acres to find them, when I've only got so many daylight minutes to work with.

    My trailer is parked about 100 yards from the barn and corrals and that's where I keep all my stuff. I grabbed a halter, some grain, and a brush and hoof pick and started walking to the barn.

    It's cold out (well below zero with a cold windchill) so I'm bundled up tight. As I'm coming up to the barn, I see my two horses in their little corral and a child building a little snow fort/pile next to the corral. Figured it was one of the other boarder's children, as the lady who owns the place doesn't have any children of that age. He maybe was around 9 years old or so. As I'm walking to the barn, I see him (as he is kneeling behind his little fort of sorts) throw a snowball at my horses.



    As I continue to walk closer, he grabs another snowball, and throws another one at my two horses.



    He's bundled up as well, so I am sure he cannot hear me walking up behind him; plus he has his back to me.

    When I am about 20 to 30 feet away, he throws ANOTHER snowball at my horses, this time actually hitting Red. He still has no idea I am walking up behind him.



    So immediately after he throws that 3rd snowball, I say loudly: "You building a fort there?"

    He whirls around, shocked there was someone watching him throw snowballs. I can tell he's nervous he is in trouble. When I got a little bit closer, I simply said "Please do not throw snowballs at my horses."

    My horses weren't spooking and they weren't even caring he was throwing snowballs (good boys!), so no harm was done, but still. You don't throw snowballs at MY horses.

    I just absolutely loved his facial expression when he whirled around, though. Haha. Still makes me laugh.

    Come to find out his mom (younger gal, close to my age I would say) was standing in a stall in the barn (which opens to the outside) putting a blanket on her horse. There was full view of my horses in their little corral right in front of that stall only 10 feet away. It's possible she wasn't paying attention, but it's also possible she saw him throwing snowballs at my horses, and didn't correct him. Who knows.

    But again, no harm done.

    I just found it absolutely hilarious how RED HANDED I caught this kid. Ha.
         
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        12-08-2013, 02:23 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    That would've been amusing to catch that kid, but at the same time irritating that he was throwing snowballs at your horses. But at least none of your horses got hurt or seemed to care :). So I guess it did turn out to be at least slightly amusing.
         
        12-08-2013, 02:25 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    I would have got the kid with a big one
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        12-08-2013, 02:41 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    And the next time when he decides to put rocks inside the snowballs? Or shoot them with BB gun, or smacks them in the face when they come up to fence?

    You should have torn mother a new one, did you even tell her what he was doing?

    Who knows what else he is doing to any other horses in the barn/pastures. Much less what he is doing in his own neighborhood.

    And this is exactly why I am always telling people who are experiencing changes in their horse's attitudes, to see what is going on around them.

    If he would do this if full view of his mother? What is he doing when she is completely out of sight?

    Does your BO know what he was doing? This is not something you need to ignore, as the little psycho may well be carrying a lighter too, nothing would surprise me with a kid like this.

    His next trick may be to set fire to the barn.

    Or flatten your tires on your trailer.

    Are there no rules about children being unsupervised?
         
        12-08-2013, 02:53 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Jump to many conclusions? I agree it wasn't right to throw them at animals, but I think you're stretching things. I don't know any child who grew up in a snowy climate who didn't throw a snowball as a kid (Except perhaps for those with bubble/helicopter parents, poor kids), but to suggest that it will progress to "setting fire to a barn" is a bit of a stretch.
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        12-08-2013, 03:46 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    James: haha that did cross my mind after the fact.

    Palomine: Wow, that's quite the imagination you have there. BB Gun?? Really? Burn down the barn? Are you kidding me? What child doesn't throw a snowball in his life? You weren't there so just chill out. He was very embarrassed I caught him. If he was such a hoodlum as you are claiming, he would have back talked me and continued throwing. Turns out this gals horse is having soundness issues (chatting with the BO today) and they're actually moving the horse today to somewhere with boxed stall care.
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        12-08-2013, 05:37 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    I would have pelted him with a huge snowball while hiding behind something.......priceless!
         
        12-09-2013, 12:19 AM
      #8
    Yearling
    Yeah, and turned it into a fun snowball fight. And afterwards, just say something like "No fair throwing at horses, 'cause they can't throw back".

    Though my dogs sure like snowball fights
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        12-09-2013, 12:26 AM
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    Trained
    ROFL, I'd have snuck up behind him and tagged him good with a snowball. I'd have to sneak up close because I throw for p*op!
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        12-09-2013, 07:11 AM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    James: haha that did cross my mind after the fact.

    Palomine: Wow, that's quite the imagination you have there. BB Gun?? Really? Burn down the barn? Are you kidding me? What child doesn't throw a snowball in his life? You weren't there so just chill out. He was very embarrassed I caught him. If he was such a hoodlum as you are claiming, he would have back talked me and continued throwing. Turns out this gals horse is having soundness issues (chatting with the BO today) and they're actually moving the horse today to somewhere with boxed stall care.
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    No imagination at all. Just been around a lot longer than you have been apparently, and know what types of things kids get up to. And I never threw a snowball at an animal in my life either. I knew better. And my kids knew better too.

    And if he was the type of kid to throw things at animals, then I am sure he is also the type to lie to an adults face, and act innocent and embarrassed too. So don't put too much stock in his "oops" act.

    Since you don't live at the barn, nor are there when this kid, or others might be there, you don't know what types of things they do, now do you?

    I've seen the results of what "kids" think are funny, where BB guns have been shot at them, horses chased with dirt bikes, and the news is full of horses that have been beaten to death by middle school kids too. And stabbed and shot with both guns and arrows.

    Including one teenager that thought it would be funny to take a yearling into an office and then scare horse so bad it crashed through the office wall, causing major damage to the horse, from which it may never recover. And that was this year.

    Horse burned alive just last month for that matter.

    So it is not my "imagination" that makes me think the worst of people. It is the knowledge that many people aren't worth thinking the best of. And that includes this kid.

    And maybe instead of my needing to "chill out", you need to be more realistic about what happens to animals at the hands of a kid.
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