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post #1 of 37 Old 10-14-2015, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Stallion on Property

I am in the process of buying a house. I have young children and the neighbors have stallions. Is this something I should be concerned about?
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post #2 of 37 Old 10-14-2015, 08:06 AM
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Any horse around young children should be something to keep an eye out.

Introduce your kids to the neighbour, and check out their fencing- whether your kids could slip through the fence, it's electric etc. At the end of the day, if your kids get in it is your responsibility. I'm not sure how old they are, but teaching them to stay away is your best option, or to keep them supervised.
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Are you planning on having horses on your property?
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Any horse around young children should be something to keep an eye out.

Introduce your kids to the neighbour, and check out their fencing- whether your kids could slip through the fence, it's electric etc. At the end of the day, if your kids get in it is your responsibility. I'm not sure how old they are, but teaching them to stay away is your best option, or to keep them supervised.
^^^This --- 50 times over.

Before the little house 12 feet from my barnyard fence got sold, it was rented out many times; often to folks with small children.

My barnyard is my sick bay for any of my horses.

I did not wait for new renters with children (of any age) to start a conversation. The first moment I saw them out with their children, I called them to the fence, introduced myself, and dove right into graciously telling them why their children, should NOT:

1. Climb my fence
2. Feed treats to any of my horses
3. Could not pet them unless I was out there to supervise.

I don't mean to sound harsh but, it is your responsibility as a parent to keep your child in its own yard and its fingers out of a horse's mouth.

Regarding the stallion:

Yes, a sturdy fence is needed and if you plan to bring horses onto your property, discussion with the stallion owner regarding an even sturdier fence is needed.

If the fence between you and the stallion is regarded as a "common fence" and you feel the security it offers is minimal, you should step up and offer to help pay for a sturdier fence.

I know that comment will grind the suburban and city folks moving to the country but, that is how things work.

DH and I paid for erection of the fence in the back yard. The perimeter fencing around the old cow pasture was already here and being maintained by another neighbor with cows. When he got rid of his cows, the maintenance fell on us, if we wanted to keep the horses in our pasture.

That is just how things work in the country.

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In many situations a second fence is a good idea separating horses from each other, one of the main reasons is so they cannot get hurt fighting through the fence.

I had a gelding put his leg through a fence and require stitches, he was not even trying to fight or being nasty, just pawing. Possibly to get the attention of the horses on the other side.

It could be something to think about, putting up a fence on the stallion side of your property to keep them out of reach from your children.

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Any horse around young children should be something to keep an eye out.

Introduce your kids to the neighbour, and check out their fencing- whether your kids could slip through the fence, it's electric etc. At the end of the day, if your kids get in it is your responsibility. I'm not sure how old they are, but teaching them to stay away is your best option, or to keep them supervised.
Thank you for the advice. Because my daughters are 2 years old, the responsibility will fall on my wife and I to supervise. I will talk to the owner about fencing.

What type of fence is suggested? I apologize for the ignorance, but I know nothing about horses. I am moving to the country so I will have space to train hunting dogs.
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As a stallion owner, I would warn you to be careful how you approach your neighbor. I've kept stallions on my place for more years than some folks have been alive. If a guy with a young family came over and started telling me I needed to re-fence my property I'd probably tell them to ... go whistle. The law in your state probably requires that he fence to keep his livestock in, not other people or children out.

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I would suggest you put up your own kid & dog proof fencing right next to the neighbors fence. A stockade fence removes temptation.
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I agree with Dreamcatcher, you have to train your children.

Mind you, if you came over as a new neighbour, and asked about your concern with the children and his horses, asking advice as to the best way to prevent any accidents, I am sure they would be as concerned as you are and offer sound sensible advice.

Are you sure that the horses are stallions or are they geldings? Big difference although all horses are a potential danger to small children.
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I thought about this too. You want to train hunting dogs. That means those dogs will hunt, and go off the property frequently. Around here, if a dog comes on my property, I am well within my rights as a livestock owner to shoot it and most of the cattlemen do without hesitation. So be diligent that the dogs you train are not able to get off your property onto someone else's, that will start problems with your neighbors faster than you can blink.

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