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    03-11-2013, 03:18 PM
I may have missed this, but is it possible to move him to a less accessible paddock?
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    03-11-2013, 03:24 PM
Green Broke
All of the other paddocks are already rented. He is actually in the "sick" paddock. So he's technically not supposed to be there. But if he is stalled, he stocks up, so he is in there for a health related issue. There is the back pasture of about 8 acres, but I don't want to turn him out there until I move my pony there with him and we fix the fence that's too short. The back pasture doesn't have the road leading to it and you can't really see the horses past the tree line and the large drainage ditch. Once we fix the fence and get my pony situated, we'll be kicking the both of them out there 24/7 and there would be a smaller chance of people visiting him.
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    03-11-2013, 03:40 PM
Green Broke
If that doesn't work what about getting some cheap hot wire and stakes and running it around the outside of his paddock? Maybe one about knee and one waste high... If they can't get to him physically they will stop coming.
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    03-11-2013, 03:44 PM
Green Broke
If the signs don't work, I'm not sure if my BO will let me put up some electric tape. I don't see why he would be against it, but you never know. There's also only about 2-3 feet of grass between his paddock fence and the road going into the storage facility, so there's not much room to work with. :/
    03-11-2013, 04:01 PM
I would be piiiiiiiiiissed if that was my horse. I would put up a trail cam or closed circuit monitoring and put up a sign telling people they will be held liable for any injury or sickness caused to the horse and tell them that the premises is monitored 24/7. Electric fencing is not a bad idea either.
I don't like other people touching or feeding my horse. They can transmit disease, cause behavior and health issues and in a show horse can cause positive drug tests. The coffee thing would have thrown me right over the edge, especially close to a show.
If your horse choked, was poisoned, etc.. it would be heartbreaking! First and foremost we have to protect our horses. If little jimmy loses a finger then oh well maybe mommy and daddy should be letting him play with a large, young animal over a fence on someone else's property without permission. No trespassing signs are always good as well.

Good luck!
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    03-11-2013, 04:15 PM
Your BO needs to become familiar with the attractive nuisance laws in your state -

Are Horses Attractive Nuisances? | Horses and the Law |
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    03-11-2013, 04:15 PM
The people visiting your horse just don't understand, they don't see it the same way that horse owners do, and they don't see the risks involved.

I'd just put up a sign saying horses can be dangerous animals, and can bite and kick. Please don't feed the horses.
    03-11-2013, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
That was a great read, mls. It's crazy what people can be sued for, even if the person was trespassing in the first place.

That is definitely true, Alex. The first family that I found visiting Henny actually asked me, "Are all horses this nice?" I got the look going before I quickly answered, "NO! Not all horses are this nice." It can definitely be a big safety hazard if people have no idea how much damage a horse can do. You would think people would see a giant 1000 pound animal and think, "Oh, maybe I should practice some safety precautions around this horse I don't even know." But they just don't know because the horses they've been around have been dead heads at a trail riding facility.
    03-11-2013, 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Your BO needs to become familiar with the attractive nuisance laws in your state -

Are Horses Attractive Nuisances? | Horses and the Law |
I just got done reading this it's worth the time to read it and understand it.
    03-11-2013, 08:28 PM
I vote for the electric fence on the inside as well. I don't see why the BO or BM would have an issue with it. The amount of hydro is minimal and as long as it is only INSIDE your horse's area, who else would be affected?

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