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        03-14-2013, 01:47 PM
    Do you think some of these people would gladly try and pet a peacefully grazing bull?? I think could use that as a neat little comparison LOL
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        03-14-2013, 04:38 PM
    In my book, as long as they stay out of the pasture its fine, going into the pasture that's a big no no. We have three horses that are pastured adjacent to a business (veterinary). I have looked out the window to see various people introducing various pets to the horses. I always feel bad for the cats. These poor cats, already upset at being in a cat carrier, riding in the car, vaccinated are then accosted by my horses giant nose, because their owners want fluffy to "meet the horses". I can't stand out next to the pasture and yell at everyone who comes up. The horses are smart enough to know when to interact and when they are no longer are entertained they leave. We have only ever really gotten after folks who go into the pasture. That's not safe. I do have one mare who will not hesitate to put her teeth on someone if the notion takes her. She is in the back, if someone goes into the back touches her and gets bit well that's their problem for trespassing and seeking that mare out. Mostly, if the horse has the option to leave they will leave. Its possible that we have been really lucky in this situation.

    We did have a few neighborhood boys who would go and toss rocks at the horses to get them to run. That stopped after a well placed phone call to their parents and a discussion about liability and harassment.
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        03-15-2013, 09:49 AM
    I have another concern, no one here has thought about him ever being stolen! He is still little yet (BTW very adorable, and glad to hear he's doing well) and if he's as social as you say he is, what if someone just got the notion to take him??
    It has been happening a lot lately, with horses being taken right out of their pastures! Just some food for thought, and that is my worst fear.
        03-15-2013, 10:16 AM
    Green Broke
    The stable is actually very secure in that aspect. It's metal piping fence all around the front barn and paddocks. There is a giant, and I mean giant, entry gate we literally have to drag to get open that is kept locked at all times. No one could get in there with a trailer. I'm sure if someone thought creatively enough they could get him out of there, but let's hope that never happens.
        03-15-2013, 10:51 AM
    NO, you shouldn't let people do that, because eventually, they will think its ok and some dumb kid is going to climb the fence and end up getting hurt, or what if someone tries to steal him? I've heard of that happening before. At the barn I work at, people come up ALL the time, down a very long driveway and walk up to the fence line or actually INTO the pasture and try to feed and pet the horses. One time some people went up to a horse that was kept in a separate area because he was new so he had to 'acclimate' or whatever, and the people walked up to him [Even though he's really far away from the actual house] and the BO went ballistic.
        03-20-2013, 06:45 PM
    I would at least put up signs on his fence that say something along the lines of "please do not feed the horse" or "don't stick your hands inside the pen."

    He may be the nicest boy ever, but this may not only make sure he doesn't get fed something that will make him sick, but also prevent someone from possibly getting hurt by him and suing you.
        03-20-2013, 06:58 PM
    I personally like the "Don't feed me, it might make me sick" signs. I haven't tested the theory yet but I feel that might make people not want to feed them more than a "please do not feed me" sign because it brings up a potential consequence. And it will hopefully make them feel bad at the thought of making them sick.
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        03-20-2013, 09:26 PM
    Green Broke
    I did get some signs that say "Private Property - No Trespassing" with a white space at the bottom for me to write something. I've just got to hang them up on the fence :)
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        03-20-2013, 11:44 PM
    Mudpie is boarded at a co-op barn that's open to anyone and everyone in a certain "community." It's at the intersection of two busy roads, and across from a little parking lot with a gas station, dentist, hardware store, etc. There are frequently non-horse people that come and pet the horses. I've yet to see anyone feed them, but I'm obviously not there 24/7.

    Mostly they go to the front row of horses, and only a few people actually enter the facility.

    Mudpie is pretty far back away from the perimeter fence, so he doesn't get a lot of visitors, which I prefer. :)

    If someone were to feed a horse or enter a stall, I would say something, but it's largely none of my business.
        03-21-2013, 09:24 AM
    To be honest, I would have probably have been one of those people when my daughter was little and horse crazy...( blush) Just glad I did not know where all the horse stables were back then! Trying to think what would have been effective in stopping me from patting the nice horse up at the fence... maybe a sign saying something like " I know Im cute... but please just admire me, don't pat or give me treats... my mom says I can't have any" I would probably have responded better to that than a "DONT FEED THE HORSE" sign. No, I would not have fed him, but since your boy is so doggone cute, I may have told my daughter "oh his mom says he can't have treats... lets just look at him"
    You would be encouraging their love of horses, with a little education at the same time...
    I know one danger with people giving him treats will be that he will begin to think everyone that comes up has some for him... don't need him getting pushy..

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