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post #1 of 9 Old 07-29-2014, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bringing Brandy Home...Came With Problems

So, today I made a really tough decision. I decided I want to bring Brandy home. I love the place we're boarding her at, and it's super cheap, and it has great trails and the BO is just beyond amazing...But I just don't get to see her anymore :/ It's been almost two months now, and it's driving me nuts. There really isn't very much of a place to ride here, but I guess I could make it work. Buuut what I can't make work...My uncle runs a logging business, and he told us the guy who owns the property behind our field wants it all logged out. So our big field is going to be demolished, and part of our small field will need taken out. That's an acre, gone! I mean, he works fast, so it wouldn't be very long...and on the upside, since they're clearing things out, there's more of a place to ride, but what am I going to do? The horses will hardly have a field, and as cheap as the board is, we can't afford to keep them both up there while this is going on. I was thinking we could maybe find a place and build a temporary fence to keep them in, but I don't know. Where they are right now is the biggest we have, and when the big half goes the small field won't be able to hold them both. Well, it could, but I won't really know until they come up and tell us what part of the fence needs taken down. What do you guys think we should do, regarding the fencing and them meeting? I could take pictures of our property if it would help?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-29-2014, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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Whoops, guess I made it sound like Brandy's back already. She's not home yet, but we're bringing her home soon.
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Can you make a sacrifice pen of some sort? You will HAVE to feed hay, but if you put them in a 100x100 pen or so, they will only tear that up. They'll tear it up badly though, and you will need to muck a few times a day.

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-29-2014, 11:22 AM
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Well hon, I guess I'm confused! Are you bringing your horse home to the place where you live with your parents? Who owns the property-your parents or your uncle? Is this the neighbor who wants the logging done?

Are you talking about the loggers taking down your pasture fences? If these pastures belong to the property where you live, I can't see how anyone has the right to take down your fences.

It would be one thing for the property owner to allow access for logging but it should be conditional on leaving space for your horse and not knocking down fences. And.. not interfering with the horses in anyway.
Guess I'd need a better explanation as to who owns what!
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-30-2014, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, I'm bringing Brandy home to where I live, and we already have a horse here which she hasn't met yet, Annie. We own the property that she's on, but theres around 100ish acres of woods behind us, my uncle owns 81 of it, and the rest other people own. One of the people who owns a couple acres behind Annie's field wants it all logged out. The loggers aren't taking down our fences, but we're going to have to because it would be literally the only way for them to get in and out of the woods to log.
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If you're taking down your fences for their convenience, they need to either pay for a temporary pen to be built for you or pay for board while the fences are down and the logging is going on. Have your mother discuss this with them. It won't start a fight or anything; it is commonplace for people/companies/whatever to pay to alleviate any inconveniences that they are causing on the property of a third party (you).

On the off chance that they do try to refuse (and I would be quite surprised if they did), simply tell them that in that case the fences will have to stay up, as you cannot make other arrangements for your horses. When faced with either offering fair compensation for the use of your property or not logging, I am sure they will change their tune.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-01-2014, 02:56 PM
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MinervaELS is absolutely right.
The loggers or your uncle cannot take down your fences or make you take them down without a legal agreement and it is traditional to have some $$$ compensation along with it. If they do, it amounts to destruction of your property and they could be prosecuted for it.

I agree that if they want to make your horse's living space un-useable, they should have to pay boarding for that time period and restore the fences and pathways to the same or better condition as before.

This is the way it is done all over the country so don't let them fool you!!
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-01-2014, 07:39 PM
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Have your family check for easements that the company may have, which would be on the deed. If there are some, they will be outlined on the deed, and should have already been in place (such as a road to and from the logging area. Otherwise, they have no rights to do anything to the fencing or your family's property lines.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-01-2014, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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We decided to keep Brandy boarded while this is going on, and re-work Annie's fence (which in all honesty needed done anyways), but thank you guys!
But we do still have a slight issue, which would be when we do bring Brandy home, how would you introduce them? Annie was used to being in a herd situation, but she was usually picked on by the other horses. Brandy's also used to being in a herd situation, and she was picked on at her old owners, but now at the place she's being boarded she's made it clear that she's the leader. I'm worried about them fighting, I mean they'll obviously be kept in different fences at first, but I want them to be able to be in with each other at some point. I don't really know about introducing horses, but with dogs we usually take them on walks together, would that work for Brandy and Annie, too?
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