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    04-03-2014, 06:43 PM
My horse's fan club getting creepy...

So, my horse has acquired a little fan club. Some people rent a pasture up the street and keep a Shire cross gelding in the pasture. One day, they stopped in to say hello, and we chatted and showed them around. We like being friendly with our neighbors. You never know when you might need a bit of understanding or a helping hand from a neighbor. They really liked my Shire/TB cross, Ursula. It was a pleasant experience.

Over the past month or so, these people have been taking their horse on hand walks around the neighborhood and hand grazing on a hill behind our property. This is fine too, though I felt like the man was watching us every evening as we did chores.

Things didn't really get too weird until Tuesday night. My mom was there, and was just about to leave when the owner of the other Shire cross, and two women we had never met before drove up with their trailer, and asked to see Ursula. My mom, of course, said no. They tried to convince my mom to bring Ursula out and put her on their trailer because they wanted Ursula and their horse to meet.

Through further conversation my mom gathered that they used to have two horses. One horse died, and they are looking for a second horse that matches theirs for a two-horse hitch.

Mom said that the man was just acting very strange, and made her uncomfortable, but they did eventually leave. They ultimately didn't do anything illegal or without my mother's permission, but this concerns me a bit, and I wonder if they might turn up again when no one is around. They would have to drive past the house in order to get to the barn, and my grandmother is always home. She would definitely notice a horse trailer pulling in and call someone, but I can't help but worry. The man already seemed verbally pushy towards my mom. She made it very clear that Ursula is not for sale, but I'm not sure what further action I should take, if any. I feel like I would be overreacting if I filed a report with the police at this point...

What's your guys' opinions? What would you do in a situation like this?
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    04-03-2014, 06:46 PM
It may not hurt to call the police and just mention "they did nothing wrong on paper but my mother and I are very uncomfortable and they were pushy" just make sure there's a heads up so to speak.

I would definitely not be happy..

Not even asking "is she for sale" but "hey...bring her onto the trailer..." wth??

At least you know where one of them lives.

If they were interested they would ask not try to lure her onto the trailer. SKETCHY
    04-03-2014, 06:50 PM
If they were pleasant the first time, I would give them the benefit of the doubt, but go forward with an honesty is the best policy approach.

Tell the guy next time you see him that his constant presence has been noted by the family, including "Grandmother, who is always home and keeps an eye on things" and is a little unnerving.

He will most likely apologize or at the least give you a little space. Sometimes, the "I'm watching you and I don't like your behavior" is enough to relieve the situation.

I agree, the trailer incident was odd. Good luck.
    04-03-2014, 06:59 PM
Have you spoken to these people since this ... ahem, *interesting* visit with your mom? I would want to nip this in the bud immediately, probably the safest way by phone or email so you are physically removed from the situation. These people need to know that this visit was incredibly inappropriate and will not be tolerated. I agree with Yogiwick that you should start a paper trail with the local authorities because you're right, this is creepy. There is no viable excuse for this kind of behavior.
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    04-03-2014, 07:41 PM
I would put padlocks on my horses paddock gates or stall if possible. They might have been trying to be funny and not meant to be so downright creepy but regardless it was a very strange and unnerving thing to do.

This just reinforces to me how wacked horse people eh people can be.

Around here calling the police is more trouble then it is worth. Approach that option with caution and low expectations.
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    04-03-2014, 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by Roux    
I would put padlocks on my horses paddock gates or stall if possible. They might have been trying to be funny and not meant to be so downright creepy but regardless it was a very strange and unnerving thing to do.

This just reinforces to me how wacked horse people eh people can be.

Around here calling the police is more trouble then it is worth. Approach that option with caution and low expectations.
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I don't think the OP needs to "expect" anything from the police at this point in time/hopefully at all, but that said I think it's worth bringing up (and some places are more lax than others)

Definitely think the padlocks, maybe cameras etc are a good idea.

How about a "private, no trespassing" sign? Those are pretty cheap.
    04-03-2014, 07:52 PM
I recommend going to the police purely for the sake of documentation. Then if things continue to escalate, you can fall back on previous instances of this inappropriate behavior and potentially use this (these?) as the impetus for bigger penalties or more serious action down the road.
    04-03-2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks for all the input so far guys! I will talk to my mom about her possibly making a statement for the police. I wasn't actually there for the incident on Tuesday night so I don't think I can be the one to make the statement. Unfortunately, I do not have this person's contact information. All I know about him is that he rents the pasture down the street. The next time I see this person, I will casually let slip that my grandmother does not drive so she is always home and watching the barn.

I'm hoping the fact that we do not keep halters on our horses when unattended and the fact that Ursula can be difficult to halter and is super wary of strangers will prevent her from easily being stolen! I fear padlocks may be a safety issue.
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    04-03-2014, 10:18 PM
I agree with most of the posts regarding having a police report just as a safety precaution. In light of the situation, it just seems logical to go on record of your concern. I would also make certain that I had great photos of my horse and more importantly of their trailer. You can simply take a picture of your mom, grandma or horse with the trailer in the background or you can be a bit more obvious if you choose. I would want as much identification of the trailer as possible.
Hopefully the incident was harmless, but............

My best to you !
    04-03-2014, 10:29 PM
If they show up again, make a point of taking down their license plate info. Just in case.

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