I wasn't really sure where to put this, so mods can move it if they please.
Apparently, Henny gets "visits" quite often from people I don't even know. My stables are on the corner of a fairly busy road. There's no entry gate to go down the drive way, but there is to get into the stables. There's always a lot of traffic down the drive as there's a storage facility between the barn and the back pasture. Henny's paddock is right next to the drive and right next to the storage facility fence.
I've caught people on three separate occasions visiting Henny. The first was a couple with their little boy who was feeding Henny the really green grass from next to the drainage ditch. I had no problem answering their questions about him or anything. Apparently, they stop by "all the time" to visit Henny. They love him and had no idea horses could be so nice.
The second time was this Saturday when a mom and her two boys came by. They parked, walked over to him and were there for about 5 minutes to even bother asking us if they could feed or pet him. One of the boys came running up to us asking if he could feed the horses an apple. I told him he could feed mine, but not the others. They were of course disappointed because Henny doesn't like apples and wouldn't take them. So after saying bye to him they left.
The third time was yesterday right as we were going out the gate to take Henny for a walk. A man pulled up in his car with his little boy, laughing and saying his son loves Henny and they visit often. They didn't have a chance to get out and visit with him as we were literally about to walk down the road.
I trust Henny to never show aggression or bite or anything, but there are other horses at the barn in other paddocks who WILL. Granted, they visit him the most because he's the nice "baby" but I don't want them thinking that all the horses are that nice and end up getting hurt.
So my point. Do your horses get "visitors"? Do/Would you mind it? I don't really mind people visiting/petting him, but I do mind the treats. I'm worried they might feed him too much, or he might choke on them while I'm not there. He's also become a little mouthy around hands, which is not my fault as I rarely give him treats. It now makes so much sense though knowing how many people come and visit him. I just have no idea how many people come and visit him, and how they seem to think it's okay. Your opinion/advice on people visiting your horse?
There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he; How joyous his neigh,
there in the midst of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he; how joyous his neigh