Putting info about the girls on the gate...what to say?

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    07-12-2012, 02:32 AM
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Putting info about the girls on the gate...what to say?

Basically, the title says it all.

I'm thinking perhaps a sort of fact sheet about each mare would be good - small picture, age, breed, gender, the fact that Lacey is basically blind, the fact that Lady is a foster horse, that sort of thing.

I also want to include something about not entering without permission (not that that's been an issue but yknow, heading it off at the pass) and maybe I should include my phone number? I don't want to be getting calls from all sorts of pranksters but at the same time, if someone walking past sees something, I'd like them to be able to contact me...

Anyway, what would you include/exclude?
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    07-12-2012, 03:16 AM
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I would exclude all of the above. Hang up a sign that states blind horse and you are inviting every last nimwit on the face of the planet that spots it to do stupid things like poke the horse with a stick or throw rocks at it, just to see if the horse sees them. Any information you provide just invites unwanted/needed attention to the horses.

I go for a simple sign that said "No Trespassing" and "In case of emergency, please contact *insert phone number here*".
    07-12-2012, 03:59 AM
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We have a sign that says "No Trespassing, Private Property" and phone numbers for emergencies. A smaller sign just beneath it contains a warning about dangerous animals, because one of our mares is very aggressive to strangers, if they enter the pastures unsupervised.
    07-12-2012, 04:07 AM
If you trust these people around your horse, I would assume that it would follow that you would trust them with your phone number.

I don't think that it is necessary or relevant to declare a foster horse, but it wouldn't do any harm to say the other is blind.
    07-12-2012, 04:23 AM
Green Broke
What kind of gate is this? Is it to your property or is it the gate to their paddock at your agistment place?

Either way though I wouldn't put all the information on there. Just your number for emergencies maybe.
    07-12-2012, 04:25 AM
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    07-12-2012, 04:33 AM
Green Broke
I like that SorrelHorse!

More people should have a warning horse sign on their fence. I was once walking with my cousins (they are 3 & 4) and they'd never seen a horse. There was a paddock with a few in there in a very public area so we went over to look over the fence. They all came over and were being very friendly, but we were still keeping our distance because I think that's what you should do. And then one of them, a seemingly nice bay standie lunges at my cousin, ears back, eyes rolling, teeth out for blood!

We were okay because we're horse people, but I think of all those innocent families going... oooh the pretty ponies! And being mauled to death.
    07-12-2012, 04:39 AM
You have to be careful with warning signs. Something like that could be construed as you admitting that you have an aggressive horse, in which case a court happy person could say any injury was your fault for not keeping an aggressive animal in suitable confines.

I would just have a sign with private property and emergency numbers. I would have the numbers quite small on the sign so you had to go close to read them - less chance of a prankster if they have to do work to read the number, while a helpful person who is concerned for the horse's safety will take the time to come closer.
    07-12-2012, 05:25 AM
If I were you, I'd find out what the laws are in my area. If your reasoning behind putting up signs is so that if someone gets hurt, you won't be liable, then that is especially important.

As for emergency numbers, I'd leave those with all the other boarders and the BO. You should be good with that as long as it is an active barn. At my barn, we have a dry erase board that we use in the tack room to post those kind of things.
    07-12-2012, 07:35 AM
Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
As for emergency numbers, I'd leave those with all the other boarders and the BO. You should be good with that as long as it is an active barn. At my barn, we have a dry erase board that we use in the tack room to post those kind of things.

She doesn't board.. this is a privately owned field that she is using with permission, which is why I think that she wants to put emergency numbers up so that if a passerby er sees something abnormal, they can let her know.
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