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Having an issue with lots of trespassers

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  • Having an issue with lots of trespassers

    I came home yesterday, yet again, to TWO strange young girls in my driveway. They wanted to know if I would let them ride my horses. I suggested they contact a local riding stable, about a mile from where i live. The riding stable boards and teaches lessons, and I KNOW they want business. One young girl said "I don't need to LEARN, just RIDE"! I asked her if she had taken lessons before, and she stated "No, I don't NEED lessons." I have another aquaintance who wants to bring her 5 year old ADHD son over because he "needs something to do". I suggested the same lesson barn to her. She claims her 5 YEAR OLD does not need any lessons, because (and I quote): "He rides like a pro". Seems to me anyone who has ever been on a horse and stayed on for 5 minutes considers themselves a "pro"! I've explained to all these people that my liability insurance will not cover them, and it is a risk I am not willing to take, with my insurance, but espcially with my HORSES. But, of course, they argue that point, as they all seem to be natural born "Pros"......I'm posting the NC equine liability law sign in my driveay, along with 3-4 "Private Property.....No Trespassing" signs along the road front. The problem is, my farm is on a main highway, so every local passes by at one time or another. Thank goodness I am building my new barn ON THE BACK of the property. I HOPE it helps. Most of the trespassers we had years ago blatantly ignored our "Private Property, No Trespassing" signs, and came on up to the house anyway. One stranger was even caught red handed in my pasture with is toddler daughter! I need ideas on how to get people to leave me alone! I LOVE my privacy, and it is being disrespected constantly! Any advice?

  • #2
    repeat after me "No" (you do not have to argue or justify yourself)

    and perimeter fencing is a very good thing
    Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

    The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”


    • #3
      I once heard a great reply - "you'd have a better chance sleeping with my husband"...
      "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren


      • #4
        12 volt electric fence!
        In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.—Thomas Sowell, Is Thinking Obsolete?


        • #5
          You are too polite. You do not need to explain why they need to get off your property.


          • #6
            Perimeter fencing with strands of electric and lots of signs! I get the same thing at my place. Kids are always out playing on my property rather than their own. I'm now known as the mean horse lady! The minute they see me they scatter! They have their own 1 acre back yard to play in but would rather play in my sand arena. Several talks with the parents have yielded no results. Thankfully the one boy is deathly allergic to the horses so he does keep his distance from them - plus he's the oldest so he usually keeps the younger away from them too. I caught their dad trying to get the 2 boys to pee on the electric fence! He figured they wouldn't do it again! Some parents - sheesh!


            • #7
              No tresspassing signs and electric wire are your friend. Be sure to post a sign that the fence is electric and can cause injury.

              For people who ask to ride my horses, I simply thell them that if they have a death wish and are willing to sign a release of liability, I'll happily put them on the OTTB who keeps bucking me off to see if they can fix him.

              All my neighbors know that I have 'crazy OTTB's', so they keep their kids far, far, away from my pastures and horses unless invited by me. I deliberately cultivate the misconception. In all honesty, Rico absolutely adores children, but I don't want them to know that. A few of the 'horse crazy' little girls in the neighborhood think that he's only good when I cross tie him and am in the barn to make him behave.

              It also helps that the entire neighborhood was a witness when the ambulance had to pick me up out of the pasture after he kicked me.
              Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
              Witherun Farm


              • Original Poster

                All 7 acres have electric fencing, and white vinyl perimeter fence along the highway side. Our new barn should be done in another week or two, and I'm hoping having it at the BACK of the house will keep the horses at the BACK of the house, and therefore less noticeable to passersby. I guess I'm just sort of taken aback by some people's nerve!!!! AND, though I don't blame the children, I know for a fact that one of their fathers is BAD NEWS. Like, dangerous ex-con bad news. I just want no part of it. I HAVE let other people ride from time to time, but it's family and very close friends only.


                • #9
                  This worked for a lady who didn't like hunters trespassing.
                  She posted a sign saying "Private hunting $500/day". Guys
                  ignored it and she nabbed a couple and got the sheriff to
                  bring them in for theft of service. She also followed up
                  by sueing in small claims court. Collected her "fee" and
                  the guys bitched to all their friends who then stayed very
                  clear of her land.

                  Could you post a sign saying "Riding lessons, $200 per hour, no riding without lessons" or similar wording. You would have no intention of giving such lessons and could be "booked" if anyone actually wanted to take one, but it should get rid the the kids and "friends" who want to ride your horse.
                  Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                  Elmwood, Wisconsin


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MoonWitch View Post
                    I once heard a great reply - "you'd have a better chance sleeping with my husband"...
                    Do you know Trish, too?
                    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                    • Original Poster

                      Some great ideas here, guys!!! I hate to lose my cool over this, but maybe it would be best if i did. I'm really angry over people with no respect!


                      • #12
                        I could loan you a couple of Thoroughbreds. They play very hard and scare the crap out of my neighbors. They're not really friendly to strangers either. I've warned everyone that they bite (they don't). The biggest, 17.1, is a complete pussycat.


                        • #13
                          Perhaps if being nice does not work then call police ~

                          Because of liability and the danger issue ....

                          and after having explained til you are BLUE in the face ...

                          the police can help you with explaining to tresspassers ``` it's really part of their job.

                          Plus then the police are aware of the situation and that you are serious about NO TRESSPASSERS !

                          AND you have a paper trail ... if it is not documented it never happened !

                          It's best to make 'this' perfectly clear .... signs, verbally and law enforcement... really !
                          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                          • #14
                            ...They have their own 1 acre back yard to play in but would rather play in my sand arena.
                            Bwahaha...this is an easy one to fix. Tell the parents and everyone who will listen that you have problems with all the neighborhood cats using your sand as their kitty litter box.
                            They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

                            Born tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth


                            • Original Poster

                              Good one, susanne!!! I love it


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by susanne View Post
                                Bwahaha...this is an easy one to fix. Tell the parents and everyone who will listen that you have problems with all the neighborhood cats using your sand as their kitty litter box.
                                Also sand fleas...or you could make up some thing. Like poisonous snakes and spiders you keep finding in the area. Brown recluse? Black widow? Chiggers?

                                Really sorry about the ambulance ride of one of the posters....but I couldn't help laughing about all the neighbors watching...

                                Finally, do not get mad. it's not worth the emotion and you are going to be getting these requests for as long as you have majikal horses.

                                Good luck!


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by susanne View Post
                                  Bwahaha...this is an easy one to fix. Tell the parents and everyone who will listen that you have problems with all the neighborhood cats using your sand as their kitty litter box.

                                  Quality Hunter Ponies


                                  • #18
                                    I feel for ya OP! I am on a main road as well and every dog walker and parent walking thier kids think that they can call my mare over and have pets or even go into my pasture! I posted custom signs: property protected by Smith & Wesson!

                                    I just don't get it tho, I would never, ever go onto someone elses property to pet thier dog, or sit in thier fancy sports car, but why oh why is it ok to come onto my property and try to sit your toddler or kid on my non-ammy friendy horse!!???

                                    And the whole 'my kids a pro and doesn't need lessons' thing.... Politely suggest to them to buy a pony.

                                    When someone asks if they can ride my mare, I simply state that she is not a kids/ammy horse and they will be hurt. Badly.

                                    Good luck op!! Make sure to update


                                    • Original Poster

                                      When someone asks if they can ride my mare, I simply state that she is not a kids/ammy horse and they will be hurt. Badly.
                                      this is great! my horses might resent me lying about them, but they'll thank me later, i'll bet!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Miss J View Post
                                        When someone asks if they can ride my mare, I simply state that she is not a kids/ammy horse and they will be hurt. Badly.
                                        I like to tell people how I purchased my mare for next to nothing after she broke her previous owner's back. And I honestly can't recall anyone ever asking to ride her

                                        It's actually a true story, but they were a really bad match. I happen to think she's a really fun little mare, though she is honestly too hot and sensitive for your average ammy.
                                        "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                                        -Edward Hoagland