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post #1 of 12 Old 06-30-2011, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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How concern should I be?

SO today I was at the barn with my horse out in the pasture. The barn is not very rural, close to highways and what not. And today I saw a Coyote in the pasture. Scared him off and decided to leave my horse in his stall for the night. Stall doors are pretty tall. It's just there are not a lot of coyotes around here and I know they go after small animals or the weak but how concern should I be?...which I am.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-30-2011, 09:21 PM
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I've never had a problem with coyotes messing with our horses. I always figured because the horses were so big and powerful the coyotes would leave them alone.

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We have coyotes that come into our field and grab the mice and voles, never get close enough to the horses at all. They leave each other alone.
The only reason a coyote would attack a horse or person would be if it was rabid.
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Coyotes are pretty common around here, but I've never heard of anyone having problems with them bothering livestock. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people to lose chickens, cats and small dogs to them. Coyotes are pretty skittish and very easily intimidated, I am nearly positive that your horse is in no danger of being attacked.
Also, I've run into a few while I was out riding and they wanted NOTHING to do with us! They greatly outnumbered us, but they ran away.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-30-2011, 11:11 PM
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A coyote will not attack anything larger than a young foal, and only that in a group with others, and only THAT if there are no bigger horses around to chase them off, and they are very hungry and bold.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-02-2011, 09:14 AM
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Yeah, I agree with everyone else you shouldn't be concerned at all.

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post #7 of 12 Old 07-02-2011, 10:17 AM
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SO today I was at the barn with my horse out in the pasture. The barn is not very rural, close to highways and what not. And today I saw a Coyote in the pasture. Scared him off and decided to leave my horse in his stall for the night. Stall doors are pretty tall. It's just there are not a lot of coyotes around here and I know they go after small animals or the weak but how concern should I be?...which I am.
We'll have a chorus of coyotes howling at nights during the summer and fall in the valley. I've never had a problem. I have been warned though to be careful with foaling but so far I've only heard them, never seen one yet.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-05-2011, 11:26 AM
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While in the canine family, coyotes are FAR FAR more timid than your average dog.

IMO, you have more to worry about from a German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-05-2011, 11:32 AM
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Coyotes are naturally shy, but extremely curious and intelligent. Their main diet is small rodents, although they'll take a cat or small dog if given the opportunity.

Fully grown horses are not in any danger, even from a pack of coyotes. They're simply far too big to be considered prey.

There are tons of coyotes where I live; I often hear them singing at night or in the early morning. Lovely, haunting sound.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-10-2011, 11:04 AM
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While coyotes in general pose very little threat to horses, I have known horses to get very nervous and keyed up over coyotes being present. The horses at our barn are used to dogs, but when 3 coyotes were spotted in the largest pasture, the entire herd was anxious and very reactive for a day or two, but nothing like the week the elk moved through!


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