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post #21 of 38 Old 04-04-2014, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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I should also add that we do have a "no trespassing" sign at the bottom of the driveway already, and the half of the property where the horses are is enclosed in a perimeter fence so that is the only way in.
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post #22 of 38 Old 04-04-2014, 07:46 PM
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I regularly underestimate people because I'm trying to see the best in them. Perhaps your mother is doing the same, perhaps she's mistaken. Either way, your decision is whether or not you trust your horse's safety based on her gut versus yours.
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post #23 of 38 Old 04-04-2014, 07:52 PM
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It's not just about it being "grandmother" that is at home all the time, but that someone is alone, but you're right about the stereotypical image :)

Funny that now the guy isn't around eh... hmmm.. maybe he's off trying to scam someone else's horse.
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post #24 of 38 Old 04-04-2014, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with you KatieMae. My gut instinct is telling me that this man is not someone I want to be around my horse, or milling around my grandparent's property, ill intentions or no. He either is fully aware of what is and is not appropriate and drove in with a trailer and asked to see a horse that is not for sale, or he is truly unaware and thinks that was an acceptable thing to do. I can't decide which would be worse! Unfortunately, I cannot submit a statement to the police without my mom. I was not there for the event. I couldn't describe the women that were with him. I couldn't describe his truck and trailer. I couldn't quote exactly what was said, since I'm only hearing things through the grape vine. I don't even think I could accurately describe the man himself since I've only really met him myself once and it was months and months ago. All other sightings of him have been at a distance. This is totally stressing me out! D: I've never had anything like this happen to me before, and it is definitely scary!

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post #25 of 38 Old 04-05-2014, 12:31 AM
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I would get a scary looking dog to live with the horses. The dog dose not have to be mean, but people are afraid of large dogs.
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post #26 of 38 Old 04-05-2014, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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I like that idea Kiger Queen. My grandparents used to have a doberman. She was the sweetest dog but scared the crap out of everyone who didn't know her, simply because she was a Dobie. Unfortunately she just recently passed away at the ripe old age of 14, and my grandmother is still emotionally distraught over her dog's death and is not ready to get another dog. :(
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post #27 of 38 Old 04-05-2014, 08:11 AM
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There are always family members around would be all the info I would volunteer if I volunteered that much. Around here we have had too many deaths of people (male and female, couples and even children) that were in homes targeted because the "thief" was after something specific and someone just happened to be home. I agree with finding out who owns the pasture they are renting and letting them know what happened. Calling the sheriff and filing a complaint is an alternative. Concern for your grandparent can be the cited reason. They don't have to make a visit and the call is logged so there is a record. They will likely not show back up but you never know. I would assume your grandfather carries a cell and your grandmother is smart enough not to confront anyone that shows up without reinforcement that she is capable and ready to use to defend herself. Personally, I would just simply call whichever law enforcement agency is likely to respond quickly. I understand your grandmother not being emotionally ready for another dog but maybe this will help her past that. I am ever grateful for the presence of my dobie when I was a young, single college student. Same for my 4 current dogs that each offer their protection in various ways. Surprisingly the smallest, sweetest, friendliest one is the one most liable to take you down if you were a threat. Her reading of people is uncanny. She is teaching both of my new pups well.
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post #28 of 38 Old 04-05-2014, 09:28 AM
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Post several no trespassing signs and enforce it. Get online and do a records search of your city to see if they have a record so you know what you are dealing with.
That may confirm your opinion of the neighbor.
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post #29 of 38 Old 04-05-2014, 09:33 AM
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Hey guys, I think you're getting the wrong impression about my grandmother. She's not old and feeble. She's just as capable of an adult as myself or my mom. She's worked from home for years and doesn't drive solely because she came to the US as an adult, never having learned to drive, and managed to avoid learning. She doesn't have any health problems or any issues getting around. She hasn't even slowed down. She actually scares some people because she's a strong German woman with a sharp attitude. My grandfather works the farm, and is home with her most days (just not always in the house with her) as he's out and about on the farm and takes 5-mile power walks around the neighborhood to stay fit. My grandmother is also not dumb enough to leave the house unlocked when she's by herself, or try to confront a stranger. She would simply take down his tags and call the cops from the safety of the house.

Perhaps I will just mention that "someone" is home at all times, since the word "grandmother" brings about images of a feeble old lady. ;)

Oddly, no one has seen this man at all since Tuesday. He has not been seen with his horse, walking around the neighborhood nor hand grazing on the hill.

We have been locking all of the barn doors except one at night, and he would have to rattle some chains and poke around a bit to figure out which one is unlocked. Unfortunately there is no way we can lock them all because of the way the barn is built. They have to be locked from the inside. And I hid Ursula's halter. It's the only one in the barn that fits her, so that should at least slow him down. We also left the outside flood lights on. We are thinking of posting some surveillance camera signs just to scare anyone away.

Sadly, my mom doesn't seem all that concerned. She says he's weird but doesn't think he has ill intentions. I don't know what gives her that impression because I wasn't there on Tuesday to witness the events. I will keep trying to convince her to take it more seriously and submit a statement. She should at least take down his plate numbers if she sees his truck or trailer again.
Have you heard the saying" it's always cold before the storm?"
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post #30 of 38 Old 04-05-2014, 12:00 PM
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I would for sure put some cameras up and as a secondary measure put up a sign that the property is under video surveillance, that might give anyone second thoughts.

Does your horse have any readily recognizable features? Something (just in case) that would absolutely identify her as yours? If not, I would consider getting her branded or microchipped.

These people are weird, trying to get your horse in the trailer is beyond strange, seriously. Weird people aren't always phased by something that would give a "normal" person pause. I wouldn't panic or anything, but I would put some precautions in place and I would definitely notify the local authorities.
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