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post #1 of 3 Old 12-06-2014, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Mare & foal displaying dominance? I'm scared!

Hello. I live in a large field about an acre or two from a farmhouse and there are some horses in the field with me. They belong to my neighbors and were here before I moved in over a year ago. The mare foaled over the summer and they both spend most of their time at my end of the field. We got a muddy spot in our back yard and put down a little bit of straw for traction. This morning when I went outside the horses were in it and all day they pinned their ears back at me, advanced on me (forcing me to back away), and the foal who is quite a bit taller than me lowered his head and shoved me several times. He also ran around a kicked quite a lot, which I felt might be dangerous to myself or my dogs. I don't know what to do or what is appropriate since they are not my horses. I've been sticking my head out the back door to make sure they're gone when I go out and walk 9 dogs.. 3-4 times a day each (I rescue). I have disabled dogs and am concerned for the safety of all of us. Any advice, please? I feel like a prisoner in my home. Restraining the horses is not an option as I rent and the horse owners are friends with my landlords who would evict me if I caused anybody problems.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-06-2014, 10:42 PM
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If you aren't experienced with horses, this is what I would do.

I would call my landlord and let them know what's going on. I would inform them that I am going to go have a polite conversation with the horses' owners. Then, I would go talk to the horses' owners and explain the situation exactly as you did to us. Let them know that you aren't comfortable with the way the horses are acting and aren't comfortable getting them to stop.

It could very well be a case of the owners simply not realizing that their horses are causing a problem.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-07-2014, 12:06 AM
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Along with what Drafty said ask your landlord if they would mind you putting up an electric fence around what you consider to be your yard area. Wire, step in posts and charger would be all you need.

Something like these:

Step-In Poly Fence Post Zareba Systems (Electric Fencing - Posts)

6 Wire High Visibility Poly Wire Powerfields (Electric Fencing - Wire, Tape Rope)

Mark 8 Fence Charger Parker Mccrory (Electric Fencing - Chargers)

You can find those supplies at a Tractor Supply if you have one nearby or probably any other farm store.
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