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    11-11-2010, 07:27 PM
Wild Animal Attack

My horse was attacked by some kind of wild animal while he was in his stall. We can't figure out what it might be. He has claw marks on his neck and some on his hind end. Had to call the vet to staple one of the deep ones closed. Seems like he tried to kick at whatever it was with his front leg, as he has a scrape there as well. Now he seems antsy in his stall....pinning his ears back. We think it might have been a mountain lion or bobcat. Anyone else seen anything like this? Please see attached photos.
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    11-11-2010, 07:29 PM
Green Broke
Im no expert, but I have a feeling (correct me if im wrong) those would probably be way deeper if it was a montain lion or bobcat. Is his stall indoors?
    11-11-2010, 07:36 PM
Thank you for your response. No, his stall is outside and there is nothing sharp in his stall that can do that. We are all baffled at the barn.
    11-11-2010, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
Where do you live? Could it have been a cat (im not sure if a cat could do that kind of damage though...) ummm a monkey or something? Haha im out of ideas, what is a small animal with sharp claws? Because im not sure a caugar would go into a horses stall? But maybe im wrong
    11-11-2010, 07:39 PM
Weird.....Sorry but I'm lost at what it could be
    11-11-2010, 07:40 PM
Green Broke
Oh what if it was a bird?!?! Is there any kind of nest anywhere near his stall?
    11-11-2010, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
My line of thinking is (I may be wrong) it has to be some kind of cat. A cat usually goes for the top of the neck as a dog would go for the throat and belly. If your horse was in a stall the cat would have had to jump into the stall. Most dogs would not bother.

I don't think the wounds are large enough for a cougar and if it was one it probably would have finished your horse. I honestly think it could have been a bobcat. If your horse was fighting it off it wouldn't have a chance to make really deep marks. It looks a lot like this:
    11-11-2010, 07:44 PM
It could be a bobcat, but why would it attack a horse?
    11-11-2010, 07:47 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by BarnBratt    
It could be a bobcat, but why would it attack a horse?
it mightve looked like easy prey, or the bobcat might have been having trouble finding prey, so it was deperate to find something
    11-11-2010, 07:48 PM
Green Broke
With winter coming on...maybe they have less prey. Is your area known for wild cats?

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