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post #1 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Horse chasing deer

Never until this morning have I witnessed a horse chasing a deer. This morning my large dog tried to chase this horse and got a surprise, horse chased him. Because he is close in color to a deer I'm wondering it the horse thought it was that annoying dog again. He sure chased after that deer which had no problem sprinting away and over the fence. Has any one else ever witnessed a horse chasing a deer?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 05:33 PM
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Thats a dang good cow horse, it chases deer and dogs too ;) hahaha
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 07:36 PM
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I have! We have some aggressive, snotty deer around. I was in the pasture with my dogs, horses were further down the pasture, not within eyeshot. My dogs caught sight of the deer & barked, one snotty doe started chasing the dog and almost trampling, stomping them. I picked up a big tree branch in case she came after me (several cases of deer attacking humans in my area), my husband seen all this from the top of the ridge & starts yelling at me to get out of there (dummy, he should've taped it, as this was quite awesome), no way, I ain't turning my back on some psycho blood thirsty bambi! She kept after the dogs with me trying to chase her off with the tree branch, she turned & kinda stared at me, then all of a sudden, here comes the calvary! My horse was blowing steam out of his nostrils, tail flipped over his back, neck arched in rolkur, he was after that deer. My other horse was trotting circles around me, as if to guard me. Anyways, deer took off & jumped the fence & left. Hubby said that was wicked! It was though!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 07:46 PM
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Ahahahaa ^ That is sooo funny! I would have loved to see a video of that!

My gelding is actually scared of deer... He is pastured right beside our hay field and sometimes deer graze there. One day the deer was close to the fence, Ducky noticed and slowly walked towards it (it took him 20 minutes to walk like 2 meters...) They stared at eachother and I guess someone twitched or something.. because both of them nearly craped their tails they scared eachother so badly!! I am now a little worried at what might happen if we meet a deer while we are riding....

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 07:58 PM
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The deer that eat in my horse's field with him are NOT the same deer that are out on the trails. The deer that eat with him are nice deer. The ones on the trail are HORSE-EATING deer, or so my horse tells me, and are NOT to be trifled with.

Never seen or heard of a horse chasing deer but it does sound awesome!
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Wares, I've seen does get like that if they've hidden a fawn nearby. There are alway 5-8 deer in the pasture with the horses as they seem to find some security. That is why I was surprised to see one being chased. It was likely a yearling and not much bigger than the dog. Since we all know horses see like a camera a bit out of focus this is why I'd wondered if he'd mistaken it for the dog. Oh well, one of life's little mysteries.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 08:09 PM
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If the deer are minding their own business, the horses don't bother them. We have so many deer around, my dogs ignore them for the most part. I know that snotty doe however, she is a big one who always takes off after the dogs. My husband saw her chasing another doe as well & trying to steal her fawn.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-21-2012, 08:53 PM
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My gelding Walka will NOT share even a blade of grass with any other animal besides my mare. So, when the occasional deer wander into the pasture and Walka is out there they are quickly chased out. That also goes for the wayward turkeys that dare enter the pasture.

My husband calls Walka his pointer. Anything out there and he immediately locks both ears on it and then , if it's in the field , MOVES it FAST!
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