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        03-11-2013, 01:24 PM
      #11
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    I'm going to take a stab at it that these are non horsey people coming to see him? These people may just be oblivious to the fact they are doing something wrong.

    The last childminder we had kept stopping with my son down the road when they'd do the school run to visit a horse - they named his Brownie and she bought him apples. It was only when I took the time to explain to her that she really shouldnt be touching somebody else's horse did she stop. It was a 3yo intact colt that she was petting and I once witnessed his owner's handling skills when I say the horse loose and he proceeded to beat the horse with a stick to get it back into the yard! I had to explain to her that she and/or the child could have been injured. She's not horsey - she hadn't a clue that there were risks.

    You should just explain to the parents that while you don't mind them looking at him, for safety reasons you would rather they don't touch.
         
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        03-11-2013, 01:26 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Maple the problem lies in that she doesn't know for sure if there are more people stopping to pet and/or feed him than the ones mentioned.

    Heck people doing that could end up being a huge problem for the BO if someone stopping ever got hurt. :(
         
        03-11-2013, 01:30 PM
      #13
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    Well there is a chance the visitors may know each other, so if you tell any that are seen there, chances are the word will spread.

    I thinking talking to the BO is a good idea, what they can do I'm not sure - if the fence is on a right of way there may be little they can do. Possibly putting up a few warning signs along the fence may do the job.
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        03-11-2013, 01:37 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    The big problem that no one has talked about is. "IF" something was to happen and someone got hart do you think that just because they weren't invited they won't sue? We has horse owners have to protect our horse from the public and we have to protect the public from our horses. If I was you I would make every effort for keep random people from gaining access to your horses. Locked gates, fences, signs, guard towers, land mines.... its sad we have to think this way but it only takes one bit finger and you no longer own your horses someone else does.
         
        03-11-2013, 01:45 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Just a couple pictures so you can really visualize the setup.



    In the background you can see the entrance to the stables/storage facility. You can also see the giant gate that prevents people from driving into the stable area. You can easily go through the fence, though. In fact, that is what the boarders do 99% of the time to get in to feed unless we're bringing feed in or something. To the left is the giant drainage ditch. There's about 15-20 feet of a strip of land next to the road/back pasture, and that is where I normally take him for walks. That's also where people grab grass to feed to Henny and you can see how rich it is.



    Here's a view of the other end of the paddock, with the road leading to the storage facility. Dozens of vehicles pass by him every day just going to the storage facility. I honestly have no idea how many people are stopping by to see him, so I have no idea how much "extra" food he's getting. I know he doesn't like apples or carrots so that's not an issue. The biggest issue is the green grass.

    I have also never actually talked to the barn OWNER. I have talked to the barn manager a couple times but she isn't much help. I get more help from the old couple that boards there who are friends with the BO and BM. I'll have to try and talk to the BM or see if the old man can get a hold of the BO for me as I don't even have his phone number. I'm sure the BO would be more than eager to put up signs to prevent any problems if someone ever gets hurt. I don't ever worry about Henny, but I know accidents can happen if they make him mouthy. I certainly reprimand him any time he even thinks about getting mouthy with me. The other horses there though could DEFINITELY hurt someone. If I feel hesitant handling those horses, then I know it could be a bad situation for non-horsey people.

    Drafty, Coffee? Really?! That's just crazy. And yes, these are non-horsey people visiting him. I've spoken with the three adults on all occasions and they all asked me what it was like to own a horse.
         
        03-11-2013, 01:46 PM
      #16
    Trained
    That's why I said it could end up being a huge problem for the BO. It's not the OP who would end up being sued, it would be the land owner...
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        03-11-2013, 01:49 PM
      #17
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    With people feeding him he could become nippy and Bite very easily. I believe "correct me if I am wrong" Colts can start acting stud like and actually bite and strike our pretty fast. I would worry that someone could get hurt. And although it would be there fault the BO and you could be sued and they would fault you and BO. I also think you have to have different insurance for studs.
    Correct me if I am wrong.. and also if I am mistaking him and he is gelded disregard the post ..
    I think signs and warnings should be posted and said to the "visitors"
         
        03-11-2013, 01:53 PM
      #18
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Kayella    
    Drafty, Coffee? Really?! That's just crazy. And yes, these are non-horsey people visiting him. I've spoken with the three adults on all occasions and they all asked me what it was like to own a horse.
    Yep. My best friend watched them. The guy had a Starbucks coffee cup in his hand, took the lid off, and offered it to Aires. Aires just sniffed it, then looked at him like "Riiiiiiiight" and walked away.

    It was always "fun" to show up to five or six people (kids and adults) crowded around my stall trying to pet my horse. I'd grab his halter, walk in and halter him, then as soon as they saw I was leading him out, they'd scatter. Apparently pestering the big pretty horsie through the stalls bars is something entirely different than coming face-to-face with him in the open. *rolls eyes* It was worse when his stall was next to the road. Every Tom, Dick and Harry driving by would stop and try to pet him.
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        03-11-2013, 01:54 PM
      #19
    Trained
    ^^ that!!
    I had people pet my horses over the fence, feed them salami sandwiches and moldy bread, had them go IN the pasture. We have a law(Germany), that holds the owner responsible for any damage a horse does, even to people trespassing.
    So I printed fliers, for every other fencepost of my pasture, saying that they(people) wouldn't like their children take sweets from strangers and said strangers touch their children inappropriately. The size of the writing was normal type writer style.
    So we went in hiding one Sunday....EVERYBODY who passed read EVERY flier, one length of fence had a small ditch alongside, folks jumped the ditch for every sign.
    I guess it sunk in
    The only one who actually argued with us was a teacher. She thought we couldn't tell her to not pet or feed the horses. I asked what she would think if I would come in her yard and mess with her car. She understood then..........
         
        03-11-2013, 01:57 PM
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Yep. My best friend watched them. The guy had a Starbucks coffee cup in his hand, took the lid off, and offered it to Aires. Aires just sniffed it, then looked at him like "Riiiiiiiight" and walked away.

    It was always "fun" to show up to five or six people (kids and adults) crowded around my stall trying to pet my horse. I'd grab his halter, walk in and halter him, then as soon as they saw I was leading him out, they'd scatter. Apparently pestering the big pretty horsie through the stalls bars is something entirely different than coming face-to-face with him in the open. *rolls eyes* It was worse when his stall was next to the road. Every Tom, Dick and Harry driving by would stop and try to pet him.
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    Cody would have taken the whole Cup!! Lol and possible shook it all over making a mess of the people !
         

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