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    05-13-2011, 11:47 PM
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?
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    05-13-2011, 11:52 PM
Wow, I'd be pretty fired up over that! Sounds like the land owner needs to have a long talk with his renters and renters need to discipline their brats! Good luck!

Is there a way to catch them without being seen to video it? Be nice to have if it did get to the point of calling law enforcement.
    05-14-2011, 12:13 AM
Yes I'm a mess over it! I'm thinking of buying a nanny-cam, but don't know how much they cost or what is involved. We have our motorhome parked there, so tomorrow I plan to go there for the day and will hide in the MH while my husband drives away and will watch to see what happens. I'm also buying a padlock for the gate.
    05-14-2011, 12:14 AM
Sounds like a good plan. I'd probably call the cops the minute they went in there.
    05-14-2011, 01:23 PM
I wouldn't fly off the handle just yet. Probably just a lack of communication.
Maybe you can talk to the renters and let them know about your horses and why they should be left alone, and how their turnout situation works. Maybe they are just non horsey people who don't know any better.
    05-14-2011, 01:34 PM
That's true, but still they have been told that the kids are not allowed in this area. They have to cross a ten-acre field to get to where my horses are. Obviously they have no supervision or discipline. If I owned the farm I'd be very worried, because there are a lot of dangerous areas including a large lake on the property.
    05-14-2011, 01:37 PM
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I would get a camera. Quick way to get evidence. Then the land owner can confront the family - not with "I think your kids are..." but rather "I know your kids are messing with the horses and it has to stop..." type of thing. If a warning from the land owner with evidence doesn't stop it then the next step would be to contact law enforcement.
    05-14-2011, 09:23 PM
Well, we spent the whole day there today but no sign of the kids, or their parents. I think they were away for the day. But I did talk to the owner and put a padlock on the gate, so hopefully the problems will stop now.
    05-15-2011, 01:02 PM
I would go and have a calm chat with the parents if it dosent work have another go but not so calm
    05-15-2011, 01:06 PM
Have you made sure that the owner of the property has talked to them? I'd start with that before making the move to speak with them yourself. If he has told them the rules, then I would go have a chat with them.

Does the owner of the property have a contract with them, and one with you as well? I would see if theirs states whether or not they have access to that part of the property.

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