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post #1 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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People messing with horses?

Hi all!
Wasn't too sure where to put this, so if its in the wrong spot, sorry!

So, we currently moved two of our horses down to another property by a main road. They have been there most of the summer and we haven't had any issues. I had some problems tonight that have me and my family stumped.

Tonight I went down there to ride my gelding, had no problem catching him but he kind of eyed his halter a bit. I lead him over and groomed him down, checked him over for any cuts, checked for soreness ect. I pull out my saddle pad and check for anything on it (hay, burrs ect) and when I went to put it on he eyed that as well and flinched a little when I put it on him. I watched him for a second and pulled out my saddle, didn't seem to mind it being put on him so I slowly cinch it up. Next thing I know he is TENSE, like 2 seconds away from bucking. He kept humping up, I knew he wanted to buck bad but knew better than to do it. I know his saddle fits, it was just checked. At that point I lead him away and just watched him move around at the walk and trot. He didn't seem to have any issues. I then picked up a stirrup and tossed it into the seat (something I always do before each ride) and got drug. He started that whole humping up thing again so I just took his saddle off and did ground work. He started acting like I was going to beat him! He was absolutely terrified! If I asked him to move his hindquarters ( which all I have to do is lean one way and do a hand gesture and he moves) I got drug. So finally I just sat on my truck holding his lead rope, petting his face until he calmed down.

Eventually he was back to normal so I pulled out a bridle that I wanted to check the fit, as soon as he heard the jingle of the bit he ran backwards dragging me about 15 feet. I started asking my sister about it, when I noticed his tail was gleaming. Like showsheen gleaming. Sure enough his tail and even his mane which is roached had some kind of hair oil on it. Same for my sister's mare. I smelt his tail, expecting either regular horse smell or hair product, but there was nothing! It didn't smell at all, not even like horse.

I talked to my neighbor (who lives right next to the property, our land is always within his view) and he thinks someone is messing with them, but said he hadn't seen anyone except us down there. He promised to keep a close eye on them for us though.

Anyone got any ideas?

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 02:37 AM
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Post signs and possibly put up a camera. Where I used to board the people next to the boarding place would TERRIFY the horses! My mare suddenly became head shy and was acting weird, rearing and bolting (she bolts when she wants to go home but NOT on the ground!) moved her and it all stopped. Hopefully you can fix whatever someone did to him.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 02:37 AM
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Is there another paddock that's back from the road or something along those lines that you could move them to? Have you checked around for suspicious items? I don't know much about things like this, but if it were me, I'd be right ticked and put my horse in another area until I got to the bottom of it. Best of luck!
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 03:19 AM
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That's upsetting. Try placing some hunt cameras around the paddock to catch whoever is doing this on tape.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 09:56 AM
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If you have a way of hot wiring the fences with white tape, do it to make it a bit trickier for someone to hop the fence, and padlock the gate. Put a surveillance camera up and make clear "no tresspassing" and "hidden camera" signs. That's a really upsetting situation, I hope it doesn't continue for you! Good luck!
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 11:30 AM
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The camers used for hunting are a good idea. So are regular security cams if they can be run out there. I am always nervous about even petting someone's horse. The is a place not to far from me where the guy puts out tomatoes/vegetables in a cart on the honor system. One of his horses always comes to the fence close by. Sometimes I quickly pet him on the neck or high up on his face. I don't want anyone thinking I am messing with him or feeding him something.
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The camers used for hunting are a good idea. So are regular security cams if they can be run out there. I am always nervous about even petting someone's horse. The is a place not to far from me where the guy puts out tomatoes/vegetables in a cart on the honor system. One of his horses always comes to the fence close by. Sometimes I quickly pet him on the neck or high up on his face. I don't want anyone thinking I am messing with him or feeding him something.
Oh, good, I'm not the only one! There is a barn down the road from my house that I always go running down, and there's a Friesian stallion in the paddock beside the road who always comes running up to the fence when he sees me coming. I usually stop to say hello and give him a quick pat and run away because I'm so sketched out about someone coming to yell at me.


I keep my horses right beside a main road too, and there are always bikers or walkers who come right up on our property to see them. Our fence that runs along the road is doubled. It's cedar rails, and then there's a foot of grass and then a paige wire fence enforced with barbed wire at the top, which is near impossible to climb. I've had instances where I was sure someone was coming into the paddocks to mess with horses, so I put a lock on the inside of the barn, in case someone tried to use the tack, and padlocked any gates that could be opened to access the fields.

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I was thinking of adding the bit about barbed wire topping too, but I wonder how that would be with the horses? Gotta think about their safety too. It's a tough situation, I had my horse in a similar one and ended up moving him because it was an ongoing issue :/

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I'm really glad I'm out in the country where horses aren't an oddity, and most of the kids have been raised around farm animals. Saves me a lot of headaches.

You know OP, instead of going to all the expense of actually putting up cameras, you could put up warning signs and a dummy camera or two. That usually scares people off.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all! I don't think the cameras will work because its 50 acres, we put a padlock on the gate and I'm going to talk to my parents about putting signs up. I told my sister I was tempted to paint 'back off' on him with horse safe body paint.

Speed Racer: I wasn't too worried about it since I live out in the country surrounded by a bunch of reiners, cattle ranchers, dressage riders ect.

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