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post #51 of 106 Old 03-12-2013, 02:34 AM
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Thankfully my horse is boarded at a rather hidden place. Unless you KNOW it's there and are willing to drive past the very threatening signs belonging to a neighbor and then the BO's house (complete with motion alarms) you can't get to my horse.

We used to live in a neighborhood that was across the street from a boarding facility. The school bus picked up on the road between the two on the boarding facility side (simply because that's the side of the bus the door was on) and the BO for the place was on some kind of crazy rampage. She showed up one morning screaming, yelling and cussing at the kids that they weren't allowed anywhere near the horses (the ones that were at least a 1/4 mile back from the fence and had absolutely zero interest or contact with the kids). She then tried to shoo the kids across the street (nope, you don't own the shoulder and if they don't stand there the witchy bus driver would drive past without stopping).

We finally called the cops who told her to put up No Trespassing signs and forbid her from being withing 500ft of the bus stop during drop-off and pick-up times. Crazy part is the horses never got within a 1/4 mile of the fence so they never had any sort of contact with the kids. There were always several parents present who wouldn't have let kids go into the pasture, not that the kids even wanted to.... way too busy chasing and annoying each other!
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post #52 of 106 Old 03-12-2013, 03:43 AM
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I hope that "No Trespassing" signs will help to keep unwanted visitors from your cute little colt! He's such a darling, no wonder that everyone wants to pet him. :)

Regarding unwanted visitors, I have several stories of my own.

I used to work at a lesson/trail ride barn that also had a breeding program. Lots of horses of all ages in the pastures and the riding arena, lots of people around every day. Of course, there always were those who wanted to seat their kids on a foal or tried reaching over the fences to pet colts or moody mares, but two cases stand out. First, I once had to excort a couple out of a paddock where they had crawled under a huge electric fence and were preparing to have a romantic picnic. If that's not enough, they said that they just wanted to relax in the presence of the "cute, black horse" they had seen grazing in the far end of the paddock. The horse in question was a breeding stallion, and very protective of his territory, especially against stangers. They were honestly lucky that he hadn't spotted them yet.

On a different day, I went in the barn to feed the horses...just to find a woman and two small kids in the stallion section of the barn! They were hanging out by the stall of a particularly flighty Arab stallion and, as I ran to them to tell how dangerous it is and excort them out...ANOTHER KID CRAWLED OUT OF THE STALL. The mother had just let her kid to crawl in a stall to pet the cute, gray horsey that could have easily killed him! She was completely clueless and regarded me as rude for not letting them stay in the barn not a minute longer, even after I explained how extremely dangerous the situation was!

I've also experienced that people get kind of offended when you explain that horses can cause harm, as if it meant that the horses in question are somehow "not right" for being large and potentially dangerous animals, and as all horses should typically be nice and hugabble for anyone who'd want to touch them.

Regarding my own horse, I dislike when strangers want to approach and pet/feed him. He enjoys company, but can quickly become pushy and start biting if is given treats, as he is a very dominant gelding with a stud-like behavior and needs assertive handling to be nice to be around. Also, non-horsey people are often completely clueless regarding what (or how much!) a horse can eat and I'd hate if someone gave him something he shouldn't have.

I'm moving him to a larger and more public barn in a couple of weeks, and I'm thinking of putting a sign on his stall door, something along the lines of "Please, don't give me any treats." or alike.

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post #53 of 106 Old 03-12-2013, 04:45 AM
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Can you run a hot tape around the inside of his area? Put a sign up warning people that it is live.
If not, signs in HUGE LETTERS stating - DO NOT FEED or something along those lines may help?
I'd be livid if people were treating and petting my horse. You just can't be too carefull
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post #54 of 106 Old 03-12-2013, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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I am honestly hesitant to run hot tape in his paddock. One, what would stop people from crawling through the outer fence(which is very easy to climb through) and just meeting him at the hot tape? Also, I know they learn their lesson very easily about how the tape hurts, but he's "special" after his accident so I don't know how he'd take it. It would also take some space from his paddock and I really do encourage him to move around as much as possible. If he doesn't get enough exercise he stocks up so the more he moves around his paddock the better. I could maybe see if I could run some outside his paddock just a couple feet from his fence. I could see that being all around better in his situation, it's just a matter of if they will let me do it.

I've always wanted to put up a game camera or something to watch him. Though, doesn't that require access to internet? I'm not sure. I'd love to be able to watch him while I'm not there.

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So ANOTHER family just pulled up while I was putting on Henny's fly mask. Didn't even say anything to me, just let their baby go "gah gah" through the car window at him before backing up and driving off. Really? Seriously? If I hadn't been here they probably would have gotten out.
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post #56 of 106 Old 03-13-2013, 08:57 PM
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I am kinda glad my guy doesn't really let strangers touch him. I would be furious if someone did that to my horse. I would put up a "no trespassing" and no feeding sign. Might want to throw in that there is a camera there...(even if there isn't)

I may seem small, but if you mess with my horse, I will break out a level of crazy that will make your nightmares seem like a happy place.
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post #57 of 106 Old 03-13-2013, 09:02 PM
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Maybe you can find some kind of "ugly mask" to put on him. :)
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post #58 of 106 Old 03-13-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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See, that's the thing. Henny will walk up to anypony and everypony. He's just so dang friendly. Having such a nice horse isn't always a blessing LOL!

Not to brag or anything, but I'd have to get Henny an "ugly sack" to cover up all his cuteness.

I was thinking something along the lines of, "Do not feed or pet me. I'm sick and I choke!" And then at the bottom put "Under camera surveillance" just to chase off anyone who's still willing to feed a sick and choking horse.

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there in the midst of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he; how joyous his neigh
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post #59 of 106 Old 03-13-2013, 09:50 PM
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I would put up a simple temporary electric fence 5 feet away from the main fence to keep Henny off of the fence and away from the people, as well as the "no touching/feeding the horse signs".

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post #60 of 106 Old 03-13-2013, 10:06 PM
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See, that's the thing. Henny will walk up to anypony and everypony. He's just so dang friendly. Having such a nice horse isn't always a blessing LOL!

Not to brag or anything, but I'd have to get Henny an "ugly sack" to cover up all his cuteness.

I was thinking something along the lines of, "Do not feed or pet me. I'm sick and I choke!" And then at the bottom put "Under camera surveillance" just to chase off anyone who's still willing to feed a sick and choking horse.
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