My neighbor doesn't care for horse HELP!
I'm new to the whole horse thing & like most of you, i'm a big animal lover. For now, i'm having trouble with my neighbors, and only 2 people in the household speak enough English to hold a conversation- dad and the 13 yr old son. They use engineer stakes and just tie up the horse to a stake and leave him for 2-3 days at a time without checking on him. He's a mini and a little blind in one eye, the kids are unable to ride him because he won't cooperate, and even then, the only kid who would ride him is 13 yr old and is too big for the horse. Our homes are on 2 acre plots, and they not only have the horse, but also two goats. They will try to tie up the goat with the horse on the SAME stake, but I go out and cut the goat loose because the horse's rope sometimes chokes the goat when they get tangled. The horse's rope is kind of long, they have made it longer over time, but the horse never has water unless I give it to him (the goats have water because they can drink from our backyard pond). They made a little "stable" I guess out of long, thin pieces of wood- when it rains his entire little house is just standing water. The horse, I just call him Baby, has grazed all around where his rope reaches. And he'll get tangled up around his little house and then will just be stuck and can't graze or move unless someone (99% of the time, ME) goes and untangles him.
At first I was hesitant to help because he isn't my pet, but now i'm way passed that, and I give him fresh water twice a day, and go out every few hours and feed him carrots. I untie him and let him walk and run around and graze other areas. I live in Texas, it's getting cold for winter- i'm wondering if I should maybe buy him a jacket? Won't he be cold outside all day every day? Any horse blankets you recommend?
My property isn't fenced yet. We plan on fencing it, and once we do, I want to offer to buy the horse and either keep him (which my fiance isn't thrilled about because he isn't a horse we can ride) or find him a new home.
Thoughts on this? Is there anything legally I could do? It's frustrating because I don't want to destroy whatever relationship I have with my neighbors (which isn't much anyway) but I really want to just take the horse away. This isn't my pet, and i'm surprised they haven't confronted me because I just kinda took over- but they are seriously really bad pet owners.