Tuesday, September 8, 2009

High Alert To Noisy Children.........







Got some good pics of the girls yesterday when I let them out in the pasture. The neighbor's Grandchildren were making a ruckus yesterday morning. Thankfully, they've all gone back to their homes. Interesting tidbit, will have to talk with neighbor Art, as we found out from one child and his Dad, when they came to visit the animals while Steve was out working on the truck, that Grandpa Art has encouraged these boys to go in and "slap" the horses on the butt. Stephen set them straight yesterday, immediately. And told them NEVER , ever go in with those horses. these are small boys, mostly under school aged. Told them (and the Dad) the difference in weight and if they wanted to kick at them for doing that, that they wouldn't stand a chance and may very well be killed. Good grief! And quite frankly, I would be extremely pissed in the event that they frightened them and one of my horses got injured because of it. Thankfully, I have the Wisconsin statute in plain sight posted protecting me from lawsuit if anybody decided they wanted to mess with my horses, stating that this is an equine facility and anybody entering it assumes their own responsibility. Art's a grain farmer and a good neighbor, but has absolutely NO repore with animals and our animals know it too. Steve will gently know how to discuss this matter with Art without seeming an ass about it. I'll keep my mouth shut.


8 comments:

Jean said...

Well, looks like the girls had their heads towards the boys in this case. Thank goodness.

What kind of nonsense is that to "slap their butts?" Not even an inch of logic in that and dangerous to boot! *shiver*

Hopefully Steve can make some diplomatic progress in setting the record straight. I have signs posted at my barn. Perhaps I will need some on my fencing too. H-m-m-m-m.

Grey Horse Matters said...

It does boggle the mind to see how absolutely stupid some people are. He might be a nice guy but telling small children to go in and crack the horses on their butts is just ...well stupid.

Callie said...

Yes, I know, lacks in any sort of common sense, but often I find that people without any horse knowledge really do not get it. {{{shiver}}} is right!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

They look really good in high alert mode. I walked outside Labor Day night and heard a man yelling what sounded like angry words, followed by women and children screaming in fear. I almost called the police, but it turned out they were playing a game. The horses all stopped eating and listened out their stall windows, because it was rather disturbing. Your neighbor's behavior is disturbing too.

photogchic said...

Tell them in the horse world, we refer to that as the "kick zone." Not a good idea to even be back there. Silly neighbor.

JeniQ said...

Some people lack the good sense that God gave them.

*shakes head*

You mentioned a sign that says you are not responsible.. how / where did you get this?

Callie said...

JeniQ, I think most states have a liability statute for equine facilities. I found mine for the state of Wisconsin at Tractor Supply Company. If you have horses it's a must. Check your state.gov or an equine service store or even ask your vet. It protects you from lawsuit.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

All the horse catalogs sell those state equine statutes metal signs for about $20. Good to have for sure.

Your horses look beautiful on high alert :)

My kids are respectful and safe around horses and would never slap a horse's butt, but they are pretty noisy and active while outside. My mare, and my neighbor's four horses are used to it now and don't even lift their heads when they hear my kids playing loudly. It's probably great desensitizing for the horses, too.
~Lisa