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post #1 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Overly nice neighbors?!?

We have a strange problem & what to do?
We have the best neighbors but they go overboard. When we take a vacation they take care of our animals, I always bring a few gifts. Then we have to put them on a diet because they're overfed.
I just finished wiring in Kalglo 240V stall heaters. I put it on a thermostat, keep breaker off and the only time on would be if it's, say, 20F and wet!
I have stall water buckets, electric just to keep from freezing (120V, 90 watt).
We just got home, dinner out, and I thought I'd check the barn. Dutch door tops were open, we go in barn and it was almost hot. Water heaters unplugged but stall heaters glowing red, thermostat set on 72!
The neighbors mean well...but that's not good for the horses! Then they bring apples, etc, but always when we're gone.
How do you politely explain without making them mad?
I can only guess what my electric bill will be, heating the outdoors!
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 07:53 PM
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72 degrees, wow. Obviously these people mean really well. Could you educate them, and explain that this is actually BAD for horses? Since they mean well, if they can be made to understand that they are hurting rather than helping, then I think they would stop.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 08:03 PM
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Find someone else to care for the horses while your away. Pay someone if you don't have another horse owner to trade care with. When the neighbors ask (or if) tell them the truth . Your new caretakers are better fit to care for the horses correctly I.E. not turning on heaters unnecessarily and over feeding them. Over feeding can cause several health issues that are difficult or not correctable such as founder. The truth is always easier to remember than a lie. You don't have to be mad at them and don't treat them as you are. They are well meaning but, Not knowledgeable about horse care.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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After writing this I sent a really polite text to the neighbors and it wasn't them they said, suggesting I put up cameras, even offered loaning me ones they have.
Mainly what they overfeed are the cats. Education is a great idea, mainly they feed treats like an apple, carrots, etc. to horse.
Nothing like expensive tools were bothered. It's a puzzle. I'll secure with locks and a couple cameras.
Other neighbors aren't real close by.



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post #5 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 09:32 PM
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I have always wondered why someone would heat a livestock barn? Super unhealthy, and nice, warmed manure & urine. Ewww.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 09:40 PM
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Do you have a relative that knowing you would be gone, decided to just "check on things"?
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Do you have a relative that knowing you would be gone, decided to just "check on things"?
We were only gone today 3:30-6:00.
My relatives are not close at all. Good thought though.
Maybe something kids would do?



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post #8 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 10:42 PM
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That is so strange. Either your neighbors are lying (very possible) or there's someone who knows your schedule enough to be there within the two and a half hours you were gone without being noticed.

I would be so incredibly frustrated (not necessarily directed at the uneducated person responsible for it) if I had anything messed with or done incorrectly to that degree, especially because my animals' wellbeing would be at risk as well as my electric bill. I would be locking things up and putting up cameras the same day. Might seem overboard to some people... But it's only going to continue if you don't figure out what's going on, so might as well figure it out now than wait until the day one of your horses turns up sick or lame.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 11:01 PM
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Why would someone need to watch your horses for 2 1/2 hours?
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-17-2020, 11:08 PM
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Why would someone need to watch your horses for 2 1/2 hours?
It sounds like OP asked the neighbors to watch their horses while they were away on vacation and these neighbors assumed they still had a free pass when they're not on vacation. At least this is my understanding.
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