Ruby - just like AT&T U-verse, HATES puppies

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    11-21-2008, 05:39 AM
Ruby - just like AT&T U-verse, HATES puppies

I had Ruby out on the lawn the other day, checking for a limp she had the previous day, and allowing her for some premium grazing/brushing time.

Now, Ruby doesn't have a mean bone in her body. We put her with 3 other mares, and they beat the POO out of her...she wouldn't even whinney back - just took it. She'll take a treat from a 3 year old child - and you're more afraid of the child hurting her.....SUPER gentle girl. She's around dogs, cats, puppies and kittens all the time (some of the kittens will even jump on her - she jerks a bit then...but I think I can understand that! Heck, I jump too!)

ANYWAYS, a week or so ago, I gave Ruby a treat in her bowl. Now, there are some puppies running around, as usual, and one ventured in her pen. She doesn't seem to mind them usually, and will even sniff at them. Well, this day , the puppy decided to see what was in Ruby's bowl....

Not a good thing. Ruby grabbed the puppy by the head and flung him. I don't mean pushed...she flung him well over my head.

I wrote it off to the fact that she had been starved before and was protecting her food (she IS very protective of her suppliment - her hay or green grass she could care less). BTW, besides some pony slobber, the puppy was just fine.

Well, like I was saying, I had Ruby out on the lawn, and we were doing our normal - she was brushing me and I was eating grass (maybe it was the other way around...i don't remember ;) ). Out of nowhere, Ruby BOLTS about 15 feet towards a (different) puppy and gives it a good shove with her nose. To make matters worse, she takes her leg and kicks/steps on it....then continues as usual. (Again, puppy was fine- a bit freaked out, but fine) BTW, Ruby does NOT bolt. That was the first afirmative action I have EVER seen her do...

Whats going on here? There are multiple puppies, and normally she dosnt bothe rwith them. The suppliment, I understand, and almost expected. But on the lawn?? Is Ruby supporting AT&T Uverse?
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    11-21-2008, 06:58 AM
Im not sure what AT&T Uverse is so I can't really comment either way on that ;)

I will say though that there is a mare where I have my horses and she will chase a dog from a mile away. Hates them! And theres my warmblood who will let my little dog run anywhere near him with worrying but bigger dogs he kicks...and doesnt miss. Then theres my standie who sometimes could care less, sometimes put his ears back but doesnt stress and then the rest of the time he'll turn his bum on them but doesnt actually kick.

To them dogs are a predator so I guess it depends on the individual horse and how they react

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