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post #21 of 31 Old 10-05-2012, 01:15 PM
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Nik There is nothing you can do. It sounds awful but its essentially none of your business what they do on their property with their horses. These people are like a disease spreading through the horse world - I think they get infected with all the crap they watch on Youtube.
You should get the boundary issue resolved though - forget the sympathy woman on her own stuff - the longer its left like that the more chance they have of establishing it as their own. You are aware of what they've done and by going nothing and not charging them rent for that little bit you are establishing their rights for them to stay on it
Get something in writing to your zoning officer ASAP
Here in CT town we have a law that says how far horses and livestock can be from a boundary fence - its a pain in the ass but it actually means that you have to have a fence within a fence to prevent your animals from leaning over the actual boundary into someone elses property
We also under CT law have to provide either a stable per horse or sufficient run in shelter space per horse
Lastly many Counties and towns in the US have zoning laws that govern the number of horses you are allowed to keep per acre of land
All worth looking into as may be your only way to do something to ease the situation
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post #22 of 31 Old 10-05-2012, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79 View Post
About a month ago, my next door neighbors put up a makeshift fence and put five horses in their field. (I should point out that the fence actually is several feet onto our land and several acres onto the neighboring farmer's land. We said something as it was going up, but the neighbor assured me he knew the boundaries and that was the property line).
Didn't go through the thread yet, but this statement actually made me worried. From what I know in my state if someone puts up fence on my land and it stands there for 3 years (or 5 years, I don't recall - have to check), they basically will own your land. I don't know if it's a case where you live, but I'd check for sure as well as try to find out that doc with the property boundaries (county should have one too, so if you don't have yours you can always request one).

As for the rest, I doubt you can do much (and talking usually don't help with ignorance/"i know it all"/lack of money and other excuses for the poor care of animals). :(

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post #23 of 31 Old 10-05-2012, 02:16 PM
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Nik-here is how I would handle this, because, even tho every state and jurisdiction is different, at some point, if you continue to let them use your land, they can claim it is theirs. Plain and simple. First, I would be getting surveyors out (like your one neighbor did, obviously) and getting a professional survey done. Stakes, orange flags and all. It is a coupe hundred well spent, IMO, and it may be as easy as finding who did the last one and they will come "repin", which is even cheaper. Once that is done, I would make sure (via letter you have a receipt for them receiving) that notifies them that the fence is on your land and you want it moved. PERIOD. Then, I would be looking closely at my local (here it is my town) building and zoning regulations. They can tell you exactly how far the setbacks are (there may be none for a fence, but here it is 2 feet) which tells you where the fence can legally be. While I was there, I would ask (or look at) what the zoning is as far as number of horses per how much land. It may turn out they don;t have enough for what they have, in which case, the town can deal with it. You MAY have to stay on it, but make them deal with it. You can also make AC aware of the issue of too many if their is one. Then I would plant big tall arborvitae all down the property line. Ones that get about 40' tall. It will also break the wind in the winter.
I am hoping it can be solved this way-definitely the easier way to go, altho if your neighbors are like mine, I have to keep reminding them, as every year (it has been 25 and counting) they try again. Needless to say, I am on a first name basis with the building and zoning we have built 2 houses here, and I am the general contractor when we do that......
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post #24 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Just thought I'd post an update.

The colt disappeared. I think they probably had to have him put down.. that limp was awful. Poor baby.

They've been giving the five remaining horses about one small round bale per week. They eat it in a day or two and then spend the rest of the week starving. They have stripped the bark off of a few trees already.

They also have no shelter, except for a few scrubby trees.

I've been keeping track of what they're actually being fed now that I'm off work and will be calling animal control.
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post #25 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 07:36 PM
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I agree with the other posters
stay out of it
They have no business owning or `training`horses

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post #26 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 08:06 PM
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Poor horses
Did you get the boundary issues sorted?
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post #27 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 09:28 PM
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Completely random but, what branch of service is he in? You could call up his First Shirt (Air Force) or other branch equivalent and explain the situation. They should be able to ask around the squadron and get help for the wife for moving the fence properly back. Just because he's deployed doesn't mean the wife can't keep the home-front running smooth. It's not your fault that they went way over their heads with the horses.
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post #28 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 10:56 PM
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How much land are the horses on we have a 1/2 acre per horse rule here.
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post #29 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 11:29 PM
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Agreed- you need to get their fence or a lease agreement in writing and signed about them using your land, or very shortly, it may no longer legally BE your land. ASAP. If the husband is in fact in the military, his family WILL have a military contact person to help them out with things like fences, moves, etc- it's part of the deal when the spouse is deployed. He might get a chewing for trying to steal your land from his commander if the issue gets that far, but he darn well should.

Not so much you can do about the horses unless you've got local AC or rescues who actually have time and resources.
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post #30 of 31 Old 11-29-2012, 12:02 AM
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As some of the other posts have said, please Nickoldeon take action on the boundary issue. You're probably one of those caring, reasonable people who are sensitive to others and it's not in your nature to be ruthless but in this situation channel your dark side. You're not asking for more than your due - you're keeping what is rightfully yours. Good luck and keep us posted.
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