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    01-06-2013, 06:29 PM
Originally Posted by 66Domino    
As a side note, can you bring in a goat or donkey as a companion animal? Horses are herd animals and for now, you're her herd.
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I wish. Have asked the owner about bringing down a horse to keep Ruby company but nothing happened.. Don't really want anymore animals right now as we're trying to sell our property, too. You're right, my husband and I are her "herd".
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    01-06-2013, 06:31 PM
Originally Posted by Horseshygranny    
Good advice, thank you, should Ruby be here a bit longer. Had been advised before to get a whip. I don't run from Ruby but can feel my hair stand on end! I feel sorry for her because she is isolated--no company except a stupid rooster. She's looking right at me now through the window about my desk. Really like your comment "if all else fails use the butt end of the whip to crack my husband over the head"
Now, now, that may be considered premeditated. That is, should your husband's head accidentally make contact with your whip. ;)
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    01-06-2013, 06:37 PM
Originally Posted by Horseshygranny    
I wish. Have asked the owner about bringing down a horse to keep Ruby company but nothing happened.. Don't really want anymore animals right now as we're trying to sell our property, too. You're right, my husband and I are her "herd".
I feel badly for you. Sounds like you're virtually a prisoner in your home. A donkey would make a great companion, would teach her manners, aren't that crazy about being around people and eat next to nothing. They're like small, fuzzy Pitt bulls with long ears. However it works out you were kind to at least try to help. The owner now needs to set up and find a solution. Be well.
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    01-06-2013, 06:49 PM
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I'd be thinking along the lines of - it's not your horse it's not your problem, so ask them to move her. It's obviously causing you some considerate concern, and the owners should not have let it get to this point. They could have fenced off an area, bought you a lunge whip and taught you how to use it, done some schooling with the horse - but they have done nothing.

You don't want to be showing someone your property to buy and have them intimidated by a horse either.
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    01-07-2013, 12:30 AM
I also would suggest the owner put up a corral or fence off an area for the horse. To me it sounds like the horse is lonely and wants to play. I have 5 or more horses which I let in my yard spring/summer/fall but the worst thing they do is get into things like opening/shutting my BBQ lid LOL
    01-07-2013, 10:56 AM
I support giving the owner an ultimatum: the owner needs to build more fencing to get her away from your house, or he needs to remove her from the property. I think it is rude that they would leave a pushy animal at your property and force you to deal with it. I obviously don't know the backstory, but they made their problem into your problem.

Plus, if you're trying to sell your house, any potential buyers may be put off by a horse in their space. They may not want to even exit their cars to view the property.
    01-08-2013, 12:06 PM
Thank you all for some great advice! What do you think of Julie Goodnight's training videos?

Last night on RFD TV she had an episode on training a horse with behavior just like Ruby's. All I got to see was the intro so will need to somehow get the rest. She said the horse had been in pasture with other horses, seldom ridden, was fairly young, and *needed to be taught manners*, *not to crowd* the handler. The horse had never been taught how to behave so how could she know what was expected of her. Bingo! This was very encouraging ! Even if Ruby ends up leaving, she may leave with a bit more training.

Now here's a question: Julie's training is done in a corral, and the horse on a lead rope. If Ruby is trained on a lead for awhile, what happens when is off lead, roaming around? Yes, I see the value of fencing her off (but doubt the owner will do it).
    01-08-2013, 03:39 PM
Does your husband have experience with horses, or does he just like looking at them? I'm only asking because if he does have experience maybe he can help you out a little. If not, I would seriously consider asking the owner to come get this horse. You certainly don't need to put yourself at risk for someone else's horse. I understand wanting to learn about them, but there are other ways go to about it, safer ways.
    01-08-2013, 03:47 PM
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You really shouldnt be messing with this horse for your own safety and that much land is also bad for the horse - its just going to end up overweight with laminitis
The owners can buy some electric tape and step in posts and run it off a battery - if they can afford a horse they should be able to afford to care for it properly and containment is a major part of that
Who's going to pay your medical bills and the cost of someone doing your chores if you get badly injured?
I hope they have some sort of third party insurance
    01-08-2013, 04:06 PM
I don't think you should have to be responsible for dealing with Ruby. If it is hard to fence her into a portion of the pasture, what about fencing her out of your area? You could have someone run a few strands of electric wire around your house, gardens and driveway, just to keep her out. You can stillvisit with her, but you would be safe. No way should you have to carry a whip with you, for both of your sakes.

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