Neighbours horses destroying our fences

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by Juggler, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. Juggler

    Juggler Member

    North Wales
    For months now, at fairly regular intervals, our horsey neighbours nag or nags have been coming over into my new re-seed, caught them again this morning and this time in with ewes and ram, they just won't do anything about it....
    I repaired our fence saturday morning so I could turn the sheep in there and now its flattened again, I noticed there is absolutely nothing in some areas on their side of the boundary, their horses have been coming over into the elevated hedgerow between te properties and basically over time standing on and flattening what was a very good fence, now knackered.

    I'm loathed to spend on a new fence because as long as the horses can get close to it they will flatten that as well..these are big bloody things not ponies.

    It'd been explained very politely up to now, that it needs sorting, as they were crapping in my silage fields, horse crap in my silage may give my cows listeriosis etc etc, pointed out my ruined fence, pointed out their non-fence, each time told apologetically they will sort it, I've now rn out of patience, what would you guys do?

    I'm tempted to just fence their side as well and be done with it.
  2. Hilly

    Hilly Member

    Scottish Borders.
    Sounds like you need an electric wire along the top to keep them back.
  3. Shoot them for worrying your sheep
    They are required to fence their own animals in and not depend on your fence to keep them in you going to have to get firm with them if you have no stock in the field leave the gates open if they love their pets they will soon do something
  4. lim x

    lim x Member

    Stop being polite, it never works with these sort.
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  5. Banana Bar

    Banana Bar Member

    Bury St Edmunds
    Very taught barbed wire at knee height should get them thinking.

  6. Northdowns Martin

    Snodland kent
    plenty of photos for evidence, solicitors letter, but I would try the electric wire on top of the fence, I enjoy seeing horses get a belt they don't normally go back for more.
  7. llamedos

    llamedos New Member

    Next time they are in your field, lead rope on and into your building, feed and water, hand delivered letter along with bill for damage to fence, and B&B for their horses + your time, 7 days to pay, livery rate daily. No Pay, no horse register as stray with police get ref number, end of 7 days off to nearest horse sale.
  8. Juggler

    Juggler Member

    North Wales
    Thanks for the replies, I put a strand of barbed wire along the top of the boundary but its come over it, it must have sustained some injury as it came over 2 sections of barbed wire.
    Don't want to go down the legal route but it had crossed my mind to try and get to it next time before they do and put it in a shed, it might just concentrate their mind if they realise it might not be so easy next time as to just bring it back over the fence to their place like they have been doing!
    But you're right, being nice and reasonable doesn't seem to be working...
  9. Goweresque

    Goweresque Member

    North Wilts
    I would do the following. Have a polite conversation explaining the law on livestock and the requirement to fence your own in, not other peoples out, and also point out that the next time their horses escaped and damaged your fence and contaminated your silage ground you would be holding them liable, sending a bill for all repairs/costs and enforcing that bill through the Small Claims court. Put all of this in writing as well and hand it over at the same point, so that they have a record. Explain very politely that this can be sorted the easy way by them putting up their own fence, or the hard (and expensive) way if they do nothing.

    Then having done the polite bit, play hardball if they don't do the necessary.
  10. lim x

    lim x Member

    If all else fails.....and you want to be really vindictive....get some pigs and build a pen for them near the horses, most horses hate pigs and wouldn't go anywhere near. Of course i would never do anything like this:whistle:
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  11. Jom

    Jom Member

    Had the same problem with the neighbours cattle, breaking into our crops EVERY week and wanting us to pay for a new fence to keep his cattle in, our crops have NEVER once broke into his ground and made a mess!! Sought advice here in N.Ireland and next time they're in I'm keeping them until all damage is paid for,( they dont have them insured either) can do this as long as they're fed and watered.
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  12. eulb

    eulb Member

    Had the same last year,feckin neighbour rings me telling me his heifers are breaking into my mowing grass and could I put some new posts in:banghead::banghead:,might help if he gave them some grass.
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  13. Forage Trader

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  14. Giles1

    Giles1 Member

    Central Scotland
    Yes,horses learn pretty quick,hence they keep visiting,and life's too short to fall out with neighbours,unless you or they plan to move anyway.Besides Sods Law decrees that they will be the ones that spot the ewe having problems lambing,or someone elses dogs are in there chasing your sheep.You could of course rent them a bit of grass at £stupid/week.
  15. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    East Devon
    straight off the pole
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  16. multi power

    multi power Member

    shoot them
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  17. Sell them to TESCO & Findus.
  18. snowhite

    snowhite Member

    he had neck , lol
  19. mushroom

    mushroom Member

    Feed them yew tree
    Or should I say ewe tree

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