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post #1 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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A very bad day- Neighbor issues

My neighbor was letting me graze the horses on his property and in return I was fixing up the place. I fixed fences, filled in over 40 holes on his property, put new fencing up by the gate, and spent 5 hours removing weeds. I spent $60 on fill dirt and fencing materials. I was there for an hour last night fixing up the fencing, as he still had one section that was loose.

Last week his deer feeder was stolen. Probably by large men, as they had to be able to carry a large deer feeder with 50lbs worth of feed in it and lift it over the fence. We had discussed it and he told me he didn't feel comfortable having the horses out at night. Okay, no problem.

Today he changed the locks on the gate and left my things (buckets and electric fence charger and fencing) in a pile by the front gate (where anyone could steal them). No note, no explanation. I guess he blames me for the deer feeder.

I've only used the pasture for maybe 4 weeks and not even every day. I guess this is what happens when you don't have a contract. If it wasn't for me he wouldn't even have a fence by the front gate! I'm tempted to go back over and take my fence boards back. He had a gate, but no fencing on either side of it.

Why would I spend all this time and effort fixing up his property, and get nothing for it? I'm guessing he thinks my horses broke his deer feeder, and I carried it off, which is insane, as that deer feeder weighs more than I do. And if my horses had gotten into 50lbs of deer feed, they would have been really sick! I never let the horses in that area!

Why couldn't he have come and talked to me? If he had asked, I might have even given him some money towards a new feeder. Or mowed his lawn, or picked up the millions of tree limbs he cut down and never got around to picking up... or whatever other odd job he needed done.

Now my horses will have no turnout this winter. None of my other neighbors have pasture. With Harmony having heaves, it was so important to have pasture for her.

To top things off, I got home tonight and my old mare is very very lame in her front end. No swelling or anything, so I have no idea what is wrong. I hope it is just an abscess, but I couldn't find a tender spot. She won't let me pick up her right front at all, and is very sore on her left.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 10:11 PM
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cant you speak with him? so you are saying that you put the horses there at night, normally, and he locked you OUT, before you could put the hroses in.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 10:19 PM
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Sorry to hear maybe this can be resolved with talking it out? They were there for four weeks, so I doubt its that he suddenly got sick of seeing horses in his field. Maybe that's the case, I don't know.

I'll pray for the situation to be resolved. Maybe he will have a change of heart. =)

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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If I see him I will talk to him but he only stops by every few weeks. He pulled up the ground rod to the electric fence so it seems to me that he made up his mind... I don't know how he got it out. I would not have been able to move it.

You would think he would want someone checking on his property to make sure things are okay.

The horses were at home.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 10:51 PM
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It sounds like you had a decent relationship with this neighbour. It's worth a conversation to find out what his concerns are. It may well be that he thinks that there are other people going in there and he doesn't want the liability if your horses get hurt on his property. That can be overcome with your own insurance company and a written agreement with the neighbour.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 11:02 PM
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he left front is what is sore, and it must really hurt. She wont lift the right foot, because it puts to much weight on the left. Check for a nail or such, I would put some antiphilogestine or such type product to draw out infection and wrap it . if you get it padded well, she may move on it.
Hope she is okay.
I would ask the neighbor what happened, that he does not want you there.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 11:02 PM
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Next time, get it in writing before you spend all that money and time. Many people are nasty enough to let you do all that fixing up for them, then boot you in favor of a paying customer. Been there. Done that. Wore the t shirt to rags and ribbons.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-21-2014, 11:11 PM
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Hope you can work things out with the neighbor.

I agree about getting things in writing. Always. Even with you own very favorite, closest relative.

An aside? Welcome to what ranchers often deal with when leasing through the BLM. Even with a contract. Yeah.
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