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post #1 of 23 Old 11-09-2016, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-09-2016, 05:29 PM
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Please call Animal Control, and document, document, DOCUMENT. Take pictures and video, as much as possible, and give it to the Animal Control officers.
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post #3 of 23 Old 11-09-2016, 05:36 PM
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From what I've read and heard second hand, if you are providing food and eater to a horse that would otherwise not be getting it, calling AC won't always work. In their eyes the horse has food and water so it's not their problem.
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post #4 of 23 Old 11-09-2016, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ApuetsoT View Post
From what I've read and heard second hand, if you are providing food and eater to a horse that would otherwise not be getting it, calling AC won't always work. In their eyes the horse has food and water so it's not their problem.

This is true, but if the OP documents that the horse is tangled (some areas have laws against tying an animal out!), has no water and nothing to eat with time dated pictures that would show this is a constant issue, along with showing that the OP is the only one caring for the horse and goats, animal control may step in.
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post #5 of 23 Old 11-10-2016, 10:20 AM
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Taking pictures/video will help a TON. Some proof.
Animal Control is worth a call IMO. Worth a it's that way, that's horrible. :(
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post #6 of 23 Old 11-10-2016, 11:15 AM
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It's not your horse and it's not your property so you really need to be careful how you go about this. You need to call animal control and the sheriffs office. Get them involved. Animal control won't be able to swoop in and remove the animals because they have a protocol that they have to follow. It will start with educating the owners. There is usually a follow up visit and then you'll have to put a few phone calls in and document. Don't make them angry because they are your neighbors. It sounds like the animals aren't in imminent danger although they are in a bad situation. Good luck.

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post #7 of 23 Old 11-10-2016, 06:45 PM
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You are such a nice person to try to help! Hard to have such careless neighbors. Sounds like they need to fence their land so as not to have animals getting tangled in ropes and choked, cutting legs, wandering; doesn't sound like they think it's a problem. How about if you fence your property and offer them free board for the animals, since you are the only one caring for them? All the ideas about Animal Control are good, but doesn't sound like these are the kinds of people who care enough to do the right thing, so maybe if you can just make it easier for them you can sort of share the animals and help the kids learn better how to be responsible.
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post #8 of 23 Old 11-10-2016, 09:01 PM
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The horse being tangled and no one attending to it IS abuse and animal control will attend to it.

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post #9 of 23 Old 11-12-2016, 07:41 PM
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Ditto to others. Call animal control.
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-12-2016, 08:06 PM
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Call animal control or the police. Anyone who has authority to go investigate.
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