I would be grateful for opinions on a problem which is annoying me, particularly if anyone is a horse owner or has land they let other people use for grazing.
We own 2 fields which have been used by our farming neighbours for many years for grazing cattle and chickens. This is on a goodwill basis, no money is involved and we have no formal contract. The farm mainly grows fruit and veg and has a shop. Sometimes the farmers have had a couple of ponies grazing too but recently 2 ponies arrived that belong to someone else and no one has checked if this is OK with us.
The arrangement started 20 years ago when we bought the land and we let the farmer use 2 fields to help grow his new cattle beef business. No money is involved but he is expected to fix fences and deal with problems (eg ragwort clearance). This has not been the case and there have been times when fences have not been repaired for days - ending up with DH repairing them himself. Every summer we give up many hours to walk the fields pulling up all the ragwort - several sackfuls at a time. During the first years we were sometimes given some beef as a thank you - and to which I always was very grateful acknowledging the gift. Now the farm has passed to farmer's D and SIL who don't even give us the time of day, let alone a Christmas card.
I am feeling rather annoyed by the situation where 2 ponies are grazing on my land without my permission and the owner is paying my neighbour for this privilege. It is not the money at issue here more the fact that the farmer does not clear his cattle pooh or ragwort ( a poisonous weed for all livestock) which I expected him to do. Now the two ponies are in a 4 acre field with loads of their pooh around and no one clears up! We have cleared several sacks of ragwort because no one else is prepared to do so. I am not prepared to clear the pony pooh. The ponies' owner turns up very occasionally, does nothing and the ponies just stay in the field day in, day out. Now I have discovered she has several ponies/horses to her name and knows how to look after them. I am tempted to phone her and tell her to get off her backside and clear up the mess on my land. Or will I just make a fool of myself?
Thanks I feel better for this rant!
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