Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
I had people begin to touch my horse, people at my aggistment thought they had rights to move her. There were floods here and all the other paddocks drain into my paddock so mine became a swamp and my aggistment owner agreed I could put Smarty out in the paddock with his horses until it dried out (he didnt want me putting her intto one of the free paddocks :s hmm )
Then I went out to find someone had taken off her rainsheet and she was shivering and shaking and I couldnt find it and was heading to work, freaked out I put a status up on facebook and tagged everyone from the aggistment saying if you took smartys rain sheet off please put it back on. I am at work and whoever took it off has left her shaking. Found out one of my friends thought he was doing me a favour but he put it back on her while I was at work.
Week later I went out and found Smarty was put back in her flooded paddock. I was furious, I can't tell you how mad I am as I cannot use those word here but my aggistment owner told me he had not put her in there, she wasn't supposed to be in there and because of some idiot she spent the day standing in dirty water, manure and mud up to her knees in some spots. Considering what I paid for out there I was absolutely furious that every other horse out there was nice and dry and then smarty was all soggy mud everywhere shivering...it just was horrible to see her like that.
My paddock is closest to the road so some people do stop and pat my horse from time to time. I don't like it but if anyone ever started feeding her treats I would put up a sign saying "Horse kicks, bites, spooks and farts. Do not enter without permission." and then i'd put another sign beside it "Horse bites very hard, do not feed treats" (put a little photo of an injury someones gotten from being bitten and put a comment under it saying do you want this to be your hand? .... Don't think many will touch him then.
But seriously, I can really see why everyone stops, He is soo beautiful!! If people are there when you turn up maybe just politely ask them not to feed your horse.
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.