From boarding to home barn
Well I'm about done with college and ready to move into the real world soon. Me and my boyfriend are hoping to find our first house in a year and we have planned to try and find a place with enough room for my gelding. I've already thought about getting my boy a buddy, the barn design, pasture management, feed/hay, water, and basically all the horsey related things, but I was wondering if anyone can offer some advise about what I might not expect going from boarding to an at-home horse.
Basically the biggest thing I am worried about is having non-horsey neighbors. I have a friend who recently moved her horse home, and often sees the neighbor children trying to feed/pet the horses. They don't mean any harm, of course, but it still makes me nervous. At the boarding barn I knew that everyone could handle themselves around the horses, but the neighbors might not be very horse-smart and I don't want them to get hurt if they try messing with my horse. He's tame and friendly, of course, but it still makes me nervous.
Also I was wondering if anyone had any advise about how to protect your horse if you might have a neighbor who doesn't like your horses. I know a long time ago I met a girl with a horse with a big scar on her neck, and her story was a neighbor tried to kill her horse. Luckily everyone was fine, and I know that is an extreme example, but I am very protective of my baby boy and was just wondering if anyone had any good ideas of how to protect your horses from people.
I would appreciate any advise/tips about moving your horse home. Thanks!