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post #1 of 31 Old 09-08-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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What would you do? Horse fed other feed

I am going to make this sohrt and sweet. My neighbors are my landlords. They rent me a stall and the pasture. I share the pasture with their 1 horse. They do not feed/hay/bathe/pick feet/fly spray their horse.

When i feed, I take their horse into the other pasture and feed mine together sicne they are both of Safe Choice grain and T&A hay. On weekends I let him out when they are done, but for the most part the neighbors keep him seperate in the other pasture. Yesterday, I came home and while Cooper and their horse were out by the pond, Aidan was by the fence eating off the ground (no grass in this area). I had a terrible headache, i had to cook dinner and give my daughter a bath, so I didnt go out to feed until about 7:30. I noticed a black bucket (not mine) on the ground and then saw that Aidan was eating this other horse's feed. The one day they decide to give him grain, they feed him in with my two. And dont feed mine.. so can you guess what happened? Aidan probably pushed him off his food and ate it.

My concern was colic. They feed a low grade, corn filled feed they get at a nearby mill. What was she thinking to feed 1 horse in a pasture of 3? Why was she too lazy to just move him to another paddock? I do it twice a day sometimes and hes not even mine. To top it off... since they dont fly spray, there weer 3 HUGE horse flies on him when i went to move him, so i took the lead rope like i usually do and swat them. The horse wasnt scared, they were hurting him and the landed onp laces like his neck andm iddle back where he couldnt reach. But of course... the neighbor comes driving up as I'm hitting him.

We have had several "issues" but I love having my horses home. As nicely as I tried to bring up the other issues, she always freaked out like "we bend over backwards and always try to accomodate you (I asked them to worm their horse- so now they do twice a yr!!) I'm sorry your not happy here.There are boarding places nearby.. blah blah." The other instance was she has 8 dogs, 6 are outside dogs and one bit my fiance. So .. when we told her we were worried about my daughter, she pulled the same crap "so sorry you arent happy here blah blah". We love where we live, and we even enjoy our neighbors, no matte how different our views on animal ownership are. But i feel like she put my horses at risk. What if I had to have the vet out? Would she be liable?

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post #2 of 31 Old 09-08-2011, 01:29 PM
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What would you do?
I'd move my horses.

It's obvious you and she are never going to be able to do anything except butt heads concerning care and feeding, so I'd save myself the frustration.

What you're saving in boarding fees isn't worth the major hassle you're dealing with on a daily basis, IMHO.

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post #3 of 31 Old 09-08-2011, 01:32 PM
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I'm with SR. Yes, it may be convenient for you to keep him there, but the landlords sound like they are not gonna accommodate your needs. And moving a little far may be cheaper option than colicing.

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I would not panic about the grain thing. It was yesterday. The horse is fine, right?


I too would move my horse. It is their property. They want to do things their way. That is allowed.



I am confused, why would your daughter be at risk because of their dog? You know the dog is not friendly so why would you take your daughter over there?
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Besides the recent dog bite, i havent had to deal with any issues. When they sent their horse off for training, i only had my 2 to deal with, so i completely stopped caring for theirs. When they sold that horse and bought this one, i continued only caring for my 2. I feel thankful to be able to live in a great place, have cheap board, and know whats going on with my two. TBH, i dont even know if i could afford to board 2 horses. It would have to be full board, and its $500/horse here. I pay $200 where i am, for both, but buy my own feed and hay.Its still a crap load of savings.

I really wanted to know if I'm over reacting. Maybe I could ask her what happened? I dont want to insult her intelligence, but it does make me wonder. I guess I can look into board but im not holding my breath. :( I wasnt expecting that response, but I guess its a definite consideration. Thanks guys
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[QUOTE=Alwaysbehind;1166502]I would not panic about the grain thing. It was yesterday. The horse is fine, right?


I too would move my horse. It is their property. They want to do things their way. That is allowed.



I am confused, why would your daughter be at risk because of their dog? You know the dog is not friendly so why would you take your daughter over there?[/QUOTE]

My property is 6 acres of a 19 acre property. But i have to be near their house when i go to the pasture. My daughter often does those chores with me (i dont leave my 6 year old alone at home). He has tried to bite her several times, and even if she didnt go there, he comes over to my home as they are loose. And I completely agree that its their place. They can do things their way. But why would feeding one horse be their way? Im confused as to what she was thinking.
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Do you really think asking her what happened would come off any way but you are questioning her at her own barn?

What reaction did you expect from your question?

You are a boarder. Period.
It is her property. She is allowed to do things her way. If you do not like them your only real choice is to leave.


The only way you could even slightly bring up your horse eating her horse's grain is to say that it looks like your horse did something wrong, etc.


ETA - You feed your two and not their one when you feed. Why does it sound strange to you that they feed their one and not your two?

If you know the dog is there, and you know the dog is dangerous then find some way for your daughter to not be there. You are on notice. If your daughter gets bit it is your own fault.
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[QUOTE=Alwaysbehind;1166512]Do you really think asking her what happened would come off any way but you are questioning her at her own barn?

What reaction did you expect from your question?

You are a boarder. Period.
It is her property. She is allowed to do things her way. If you do not like them your only real choice is to leave.


The only way you could even slightly bring up your horse eating her horse's grain is to say that it looks like your horse did something wrong, etc.[/QUOTE]

I agree about it being her place. 100%

I dont follow the bolded part? Tell her my horse did something wrong? By eating food she put out and left unattended? Or just to play "stupid" to her? Or do you think he actually did something wrong?

And what? If the dog comes on the 6 acres i rent...its my fault she gets bit? I'm pretty sure that is their liability. But i am not going to leave my daughter unattended bc some fool has no sense.
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Could you suggest her you'll feed ALL horses? Extra-work for you, but then you handle the situation.

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Unfortunately for you it's their land, which means you have no say in what they do or don't do with their one horse, or how their interactions with their animal impact yours.

I wouldn't be confrontational with her about the feed, if that's what you're asking. You could mention it in an offhand way, but if you catch an attitude you might be looking for a place to board your animals even though you say you're not sure you could afford it.

Bottom line, their land, their say. You're free to take your horses elsewhere if you don't agree with them. You have no leverage with these people; they have the upper hand, and are probably well aware of this.

As far as the dog coming on your rented property and biting your child, if you want to make a stink about it you most certainly can. The authorities don't take too kindly to dogs that bite, especially ones that bite children. You'll be looking for another place to rent though, if you go that route.

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