Originally Posted by Saskia
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.
While I agree completely with the owner responsibility issues, living down here for 5 years has shown me that folks here are different. Many lack both money and knowledge to provide good care and training for their animals. I've seen some very sad neglect of horses and dogs.
Showing the house shouldn't be an issue because we'd have at least a couple hours notice and could move Ruby. Ruby doesn't seem to approach strangers, either, but keeps a distance and just watches them. Good point, though, not to mention all the horse pucky around here which could bother some folks.