Originally Posted by AnrewPL
I thought that was pretty ****ed funny. I have worked cattle all my life and seen this kind of thing happen a lot, but mostly with wild cattle, and full grown. If you handle a lot of cattle like that the horses learn how to deal with them and that they are likely to get charged and so learn to be on the lookout for it. I have had smaller ones have a shot at my horses a few times, they (the calves/weaners) learn pretty fast not to mess with a horse after a good bite or kick. I saw a really good example of a good cow horse annoyed at a steer one day when we were drafting a lot of cattle. The steer just wouldn’t cooperate and the horse got so pi@#ed at it it actually took a hold of it by the scruff of its neck in its mouth and dragged it where it should have gone. And it can be pretty funny to see the reaction of a gelding when you stand with a big mob of cattle at the gates to the yard to let them mother up before driving them into the yard and a calf decides its thirsty enough to get a drink of milk from anywhere, even a gelding; their reaction can be pretty funny.
LOL! We have been shipping steers and have them try to ride/mount someones horse. Makes for a good laugh, especially when that someone wasn't paying attention..lol
I agree wild cattle do get hot and have a tendency to come up a rope or try to make a run at you. But there is a difference between a horse just getting out of the way to avoid a wreck and a horse that has been in a wreck and is honestly scared and not confident in the situation. You can tell how serious they are about it, like the heifer in the video wasn't serious, she would die out as soon as the horse moved. She was training/moving the rider/horse rather than the other way around. It is up to the rider to know how to read cattle well enough to help a young horse through a situation like that.