Okay- so now I'm worried!
I was going to put this under horse law but it has now morphed into something else. I keep my 2 horses on a 14 acre piece of land that is part of an 80 acre farm. The farm owner is a person I know well and trust. It is an ideal situation, or it WAS until recently. He has now rented a house at the complete opposite corner of the farm to a family with 3 young (and very bratty) children. I told him when they first moved in that they needed to be told in no uncertain terms that these children were not allowed anywhere near my horses, or in their field. My horses are very young- 2 yrs old and 9 mos. old and therefore cannot be trusted around children yet. I was worried about the children getting hurt. My 2 yr old was just gelded, and the 9 mo. old is still a stallion. Recently I built a little pen outside the field on the lawn for the horses to graze on- it is only partially fenced with electric tape and the rest is yellow flagging tape. I only let them in there when I am there to watch them. Twice in the last week I have arrived there to find my horses in the temporary pen, unsupervised. The first time I assumed my absent-minded husband had forgotten to latch the gate when he fed them in the morning, and he caught an earful for it! Then it happened again today, and I was ready to tear a strip off the ol' hubby. Then I asked the farm owner if the horses had been out all day, and he said no, he had gone to the store for 20 minutes and they were in, and when he came back they were out- he assumed my husband had come in the meantime and let them out. Well, my husband hadn't been there at all, it turns out. I could hear the kids laughing and shouting in the forest behind the field the whole time, and am now convinced that they have been letting my horses out. I was worried about the kids, but now I'm a lot more worried about the horses. What the heck do I do now?