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        03-11-2013, 02:02 PM
      #21
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    I finally had to put up a sign because the BO wouldn't do anything about the people. I just said "Watch out! I'm young and I may bite!" Didn't have a problem with strangers after that. My trainer friend let her lesson kids pet him and there were a few boarders who had permission to pet him, but other than that, no.
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        03-11-2013, 02:05 PM
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    OK, he is insanely cute! No wonder he's got such a fan base.
         
        03-11-2013, 02:10 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    I tend to agree with the comments that reflect negative aspects of your situation -- inadvertently passing on disease, the innocent bite, the impending law suit, etc.

    My thought, Kayella, is that Hennie's paddock looks fairly large so would it be possible to do a run of electric fence on the inside to keep little Mr. Irresistable away from the perimeter fence?

    If you're thinking of going with signage, please use careful wording as you don't want to recognize him as a danger because that could not end well for Hennie later. Any horse person worth their salt would recognize instantly that he is not but chances are you won't be dealing with that type of person. For example, 'no trespassing' or 'please don't feed or pet me' is OK; 'horse bites do not touch' or 'stay back dangerous horse' not so OK.

    Good luck.
         
        03-11-2013, 02:15 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I have to agree with Chevaux here. If you put up signs saying "don't touch or pet me, I bite" or similar then if/when he does do it the defendant will say you knew he was known for it and had him in a situation that was would allow access by the victim.. AS STOOPID as it is, it is what we have to protect ourselves from. The simplest of oversight in wording could cost you and the BO thousands of dollars and ownership.
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        03-11-2013, 02:15 PM
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    Green Broke
    He is indeed gelded and shows no aggression. He's a well behaved little boy for only being 10 months old, but accidents can happen if they give him a treat wrong or spook him or something. I would honestly be more concerned about the other horses hurting someone than him. With him, I'm more worried about them hurting HIM.

    I think I'll go ahead and put up signs on his paddock fence. Not sure how I would do it, but it needs to be done. If the BO or BM says anything, I'll just say I'm saving them a potential hassle in the future.

    Haha, thank you Maple! He is one big cutie patootie, that's for sure. Although I may be a little biased. :)

    Good advice, Chevaux. As I board at a facility, I don't think I'll be able to alter/add to the fencing in any way. I think signs would be the best route, something along the lines of "Please do not pet/feed horse. We are not liable for any injuries" or something like that.
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        03-11-2013, 02:28 PM
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    He is indeed gelded and shows no aggression. He's a well behaved little boy for only being 10 months old, but accidents can happen if they give him a treat wrong or spook him or something. I would honestly be more concerned about the other horses hurting someone than him. .
    Ok :) Confused me cause you stated he was a Colt earlier.. that takes that issue away. I would talk to BO and put up signs and also ask anyone who stops to not pet or feed unless you are there and "let them" for there safety and yours and henny's
         
        03-11-2013, 02:38 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Haha that's my bad. I guess I feel weird calling him a gelding when he's still a baby and not even a year old. I guess it's like callin a horse a filly until they're 2-3?
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        03-11-2013, 02:56 PM
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    Green Broke
    I would discourage any feeding period. Horses can choke easily on apples/carrots, and then you would have the vet bill. Or the disposal fees.

    As for just petting them, of two minds here.

    One says, maybe will foster further desire to be around horses.

    One says way too many people are idiot nowadays.
         
        03-11-2013, 03:10 PM
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    Haha that's my bad. I guess I feel weird calling him a gelding when he's still a baby and not even a year old. I guess it's like callin a horse a filly until they're 2-3?
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    I would think you could call a foal or gelding
    IDK Gelding does make him sound older. What ever you call hime he is a Cute Lil Stinker!!
         
        03-11-2013, 03:13 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Yes, I would be worried about choke. He's choked twice before so I now always soak his feed. He doesn't like apples or carrots, but that could always change. I don't think he's yet to get the full concept of treats. He just doesn't know that he can eat anything that large. Large being a cubed apple piece. He's a funny boy, but choke is worrisome for me.

    Haha, thanks CS. :)
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