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post #11 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 10:07 PM
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I don't worry about the coyotes, I worry more about the feral packs of dogs that keep turning up. I wouldn't put it by them to try and go after one of my horses, but they would have to go through my dogs first.
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post #12 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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We hear several different packs every night. Or they move around alot. Will hear them just south of us, then south west, then south east. Never to the north, but town is towards the north, and more open area south. So far they have left the horses alone. But, A few months ago, I brought 2 rescues home, one was too far gone and he died the second night here, he was half gone by morning. We burried him, but see where they dug down to him. I cleaned up a bunch of cactus in the pasture, and put it over the site, they haven't dug anymore.

ETA: Sometimes they sound like they are just behind the house in the pasture, but we haven't actually seen them, just heard them.
They can be in any of the fields around my house, it just freaks me out having no idea where they are
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post #13 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 10:10 PM
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We hear several different packs every night. Or they move around alot. Will hear them just south of us, then south west, then south east. Never to the north, but town is towards the north, and more open area south. So far they have left the horses alone. But, A few months ago, I brought 2 rescues home, one was too far gone and he died the second night here, he was half gone by morning. We burried him, but see where they dug down to him. I cleaned up a bunch of cactus in the pasture, and put it over the site, they haven't dug anymore.

ETA: Sometimes they sound like they are just behind the house in the pasture, but we haven't actually seen them, just heard them.
Yeah, I have had them dig up animals before too, either them or feral dogs. That is the only drawback I have about living so far out in the a rural area is that it seems to be a dumping ground for dogs and cats. I am over my limit though with mouths to feed. If I do catch them, I call animal control to come get them. So far, haven't managed to catch a coyote yet though....they are pretty wily.
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We have lived here for 30 years and we hear them all the time. In that time, we have never had them hurt a cow, calf, horse, or foal. There seems to be plenty of wildlife. They will dispose of a cow carcass for you. I have had a cat come up missing on occasion.
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post #15 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 11:10 PM
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As someone else put on here that they will lure a dog in and kill it. That is very true. There is also the odd case where they will go for females and lure them in to breed. Very rare but very possible.

Horses are scared of two things. Things that move and things that don't
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post #16 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 11:20 PM
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We have one that, for some reason, tends to hang out with the herd all the time. I haven't seen it since November, but h\she was with them all summer, and never caused an issue. Out in the pasture. If they came into my yard I'd shoot at them but because I have two Chihauhau's, not my horses. LOL

If you go out for a ride, just make sure your horse isn't going to spook and dump you in the middle of nowhere. You probably won't see them, they'll go quiet as you get close but your horse may smell them and spook.

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post #17 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 11:35 PM
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They're hitting the white tail population here. If I still had goats I might worry about them, but as for the horses......there has been a dog found stomped dead in the pasture before so I doubt if a coyote would fair much better. Of course a mule, maybe a donkey or two would solve the problem for sure since they'll stand their ground and fight more readily than a horse.
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post #18 of 23 Old 03-29-2013, 12:16 AM
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We have lots in our area here. Usually we hear them at night but the odd time through the day yelping. They are very timid and we've had them come through the yard, along with foxes but they had never bothered the horses. Last summer we were out for a ride and there were three coyote pups running along ahead of us, Mom was probably in the bush somewhere, the pups finally took off into the bush....

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post #19 of 23 Old 03-29-2013, 12:53 AM
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We have a couple packs around the ranch.

I remember my colts first encounter of them, we were at an ACTHA ride in AZ and had my colt, red, and my trainers devil mare scootie on the highline. We were parked right next to the wash and we herea pack yipping behind thetrailer....we go outside to see my two GIANT geldi gs coweringas close to each other as possible, and Devil mare is straining trying to go attack tne, and chase themoff.


Coyotes usually won't even get near a fully grown horse and are pretty shy so theyll run from you before you even get near.

They will however go for a foal or calf on the ground.
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post #20 of 23 Old 03-29-2013, 04:44 PM
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You don't have to go out at night. Start checking the faces of little draws. They prefer soft dirt, and often a southern exposure. Just look around as you ride.

They do travel at night, though, so the den may not even be very close to your place.
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