WWYD? re: strangers feeding your horses treats (sorry, kinda long)
My guys are in a drylot with a run-in shed during the day while I'm at work, and the drylot borders the main road. For months I've had a lady periodically stop on the side of the road to let her little girl look at the pretty horsies. Sometimes they even have the grandma in tow. I've always either smiled or briefly waved at them. They've never gotten out of the car or even rolled down a window to say hello or ask if they could pet the horses, etc.
Yesterday as I pulled in my driveway, they were parked on the side of the road, and recognizing the car, just went on inside to change clothes. By the time I walked back out of the house, they were climbing back in the car and all of the horses were now gathered up at the fence along the road, so I must assume they were handing out treats of some kind. I don't think this is a regular occurance, as none of my guys were even paying attention to the car when I first pulled in.
What would you do? Just wait and see if it happens again and try to ask the people not to feed treats, or to let me know what they're trying to feed? I certainly wouldn't mind letting the little girl pet the horses; hell, I'd even be willing to give her a pony ride one day. (gotta encourage the horsie love!) But I don't particularly like when people feed treats of some kind without permission. Or would hanging one of the signs I've seen that says "please do not feed the horses" (or something to that effect)be better? I don't want the people to think I'm a b*tch, I just don't want them indiscriminately feeding treats without my knowledge/consent.