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so about 2 years ago we had an SPCA officer and a state trooper show up at our house one day. apparently a neighbor (obviously they couldnt tell us who for safety reasons) called them on us. they reported that we were not feeding our horse, had no shelter, and no water for her. so they show up and take a look at her. at that time she was 7 months pregnant. she weighed about 1300lbs and was all dappled out. she had a large tub of water, a run in shelter, and we showed him all the hay and grain we had for her. they closed the case and left.


today the SPCA shows up again. they got a report that a horse was being neglected, that he was covered in mud and his pen was too small for him. so we go down and look at him. we have had an extreme amount of rain here lately (its rained almost every day) and the paddocks are muddy. so obviously, the horse is muddy. Polka (who is who the complaint was on) stays outside, he has access to TWO paddocks, and a run in shed. the officer said "i dont think its too small, and of course hes muddy, its been raining!!" so then he went down to the barn and saw the broodmare and 2 yr old who are both healthy and happy. my broodmare was kissing him and trying to eat his badge. the baby was nudging him begging for attention and kissing him too. as the other case was, this was closed as well.

im just so fed up of neighbors (one particular one!!!!) who keep calling on us. its just because theyre mad that the horses are there and they dont like the smell or any noise. i think its a pretty low thing to do, especially when there are actually animals being abused and suffering out there, and theyre wasting their time looking at our fat, spoiled horses!!!
 

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Im sorry you are having to go through this.
I went through the 'unhappy ppl nxt door too' Unfortunatly mine went as far as to let them out on to a busy road though. Luckily non of my horses were injured or too stressed out by the ordeal.
You know that your horses are well looked after and that they are healthy and happy. Thats all that matters. It is horrible that people are out against you and making it hard for the animals who really need to help to get it.
But dont worry they are making themselves look bad and actually just making you look good.
If you want to make nice with them why dont you go over and explain that you know alot about horses and that you have had horses for however long and you wouldnt do anything to hurt them.
Or if you really dont care to much about talking to them then just go on with your normal business and dont worry about it.
Chin up :) i know how frustrating this can be.
 

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That is uber frusterating. They should mind their own busniess. Don't worry about the officers though...we get calls all the time for animal neglect and many times it is just feuding neighbors, and the animals are in great condition BUT because there was complaint we have to go check anyway.
 

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I would take it as an opportunity to make new friends...lol. If they are going to keep calling the SPCA, then I would say make friends with the SPCA officers so that they know what they are coming out for. :) It might also get on the nerves of whoever keeps calling.
 

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:-xI am so sorry you are having trouble with "neighbors"! It makes me so mad that some people can't mind their own business! At least you put them in their place AGAIN - some people are just ignorant and since they can't manage their own business, they have to stick their noses into yours! I hope you don't have to deal with this again! How unfortunate.
 

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I would let the nieghbors know that you are not going to put up with it and that next time it happens you will get a lawyer and subpeona the SPCA records and sue for harrassment. I'm not sure if you can actually do that or not but chances are your nieghbors won't know that.
 

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I would let the nieghbors know that you are not going to put up with it and that next time it happens you will get a lawyer and subpeona the SPCA records and sue for harrassment. I'm not sure if you can actually do that or not but chances are your nieghbors won't know that.
lol that is very funny and a good idea
 

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Does the neighbour have a dog or cat that is being neglected as badly as your horses? You could call if you have reason to suspect you know! hahahahahaha

Truly, I have a neighbour that is "ALL THAT". I have ignored them for the last 2 years or so. Although they are not friendly yet, at least they don't seem to be as high and mighty as they used to be. Something cracked somewhere. Maybe the same will happen with yours eventually.... you can hope... then there's the lottery too.

You either have to ignore them, try to be friends with them or treat them as they are treating you. My route is to ignore.
 

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I am sorry to hear that you are going through that. I honestly can't stand nosy neighbors. We have one couple that says it is horse abuse to have electric wire up. Well when we first bought our house we just did 3 strands of electric wire to keep them in 3 acres. In a 2 week time period, all 3 wires would be snipped each time and our horses would be running loose down the road. GRRRRR... not only that, it was all 3 times it was between 2-5 in the morning. Thankfully my dogs let me know when something is going on. The sheriff could never do anything because we didn't have proof of who was doing it. But we had an idea. We just now finished our no climb fencing for our horses with of course 1 strand of hot wire over the top to keep them from reaching over the other side, well now we get them always yelling at us that it is cruel to put a leaf of hay on the ground for them to eat.

***AAAAGGGGHHHHH*** I CAN'T STAND NEIGHBORS!!!!!!!!!
---Hey, atleast when SPCA comes out to your place they see everything is perfect and it just makes your neighbors look like the ***. :D
 

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my neighbors like to send out letters to everyone in the area, about things, like when their stuff gets stolen from their property.

So maybe send letters and invite everyone over one day to take a look themselves? Or send out an informative letter about the horses with some pictures of how happy they are.

Hot wires are a little more dangerous then electric tape, b/c tape usually has a lower break strength, and doesnt really cut thru flesh too well. But just explain to them its no different than an electric fence for the dog.

My friend has some crabby neighbors, but they ususally just complain to the township, not the spca.
 

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Eventually the SPCA and the police officers are going to get annoyed by the person who's calling you in. Because they now know that you obviously aren't cruel to your horses.
 

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I would take it as an opportunity to make new friends...lol. If they are going to keep calling the SPCA, then I would say make friends with the SPCA officers so that they know what they are coming out for. :) It might also get on the nerves of whoever keeps calling.
I agree.

And try to see the good side of this, which I realize is hard because it is annoying, the animal control people in your area actually seem to know something about horses and do investigate calls.
Just think about all the places where people call and the animal control people do not know squat about horses or do not do anything at all.

You are giving yourself a good name with the SPCA people. Be sure to thank them for visiting when they come.

You not being annoyed will be the best way to get even with the neighbor.
 

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the thing is i have a good idea of who the neighbor is, but i cant be 100% sure since the SPCA cannot tell me who is calling.

we have definately made good with the SPCA. the last officer that was out really loved the horses. he said he will try to make a visit when the foal is born :D

it just irks me that someone would be so low. as if i dont have enough things to worry about in my life already. dont these people have their own problems? lol, oh wait they do... my horses!!
 

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tell all your neighbors your that sick your thinkin of moving and renting your place out to[name the wildest roughest family in the area]if youget any more visits
 

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tell all your neighbors your that sick your thinkin of moving and renting your place out to[name the wildest roughest family in the area]if youget any more visits
that would be ok... if that existed. lol. our town used to be small, just a few farmers in it. but then people started dying and property was bought and instead of a nice farm (for example this is what we have across the street now!!) there are six... SIX!!!!- houses. its happening all over here. and now no one knows each other. i hate how things change. we used to have a nice gravel road, everyone drove slow, and there were horses being ridden up and down it. now its pavement, young kids fly down the road in their junky new cars, and there are only a few horses left. :-( i miss the old days....
 

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im sorry this has happened to you, its happened to me too. my neighbor expects me to treat my horses like royalty. by doing things like feeding them off pallets and following them around with pitchforks and picking up poop every time they go poop. AC has been called on me 3x in the past year. and i got an anonimis letter on how to take care of horses properly. if you ever need to talk, im here and know what you are going through.
 

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This is really sad, what if you were to take in a rescue horse that's a little underweight. Your neighbors would go balistic then. Put up no trespass signs on there side of your property and have a lawyer on stand by for a defermation of character and harrasment charge.
 

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that would be ok... if that existed. lol. our town used to be small, just a few farmers in it. but then people started dying and property was bought and instead of a nice farm (for example this is what we have across the street now!!) there are six... SIX!!!!- houses. its happening all over here. and now no one knows each other. i hate how things change. we used to have a nice gravel road, everyone drove slow, and there were horses being ridden up and down it. now its pavement, young kids fly down the road in their junky new cars, and there are only a few horses left. :-( i miss the old days....
Yeah i agree. Where i used to live in the UK there were so many nice villages where everyone would know everyone and hang out. Say hi whilst walking down the road. And now there is hardly any fields around, no one really knows who they live next too and no one stops to say hi. Its a shame things have the change. :?
 
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