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post #1 of 3 Old 08-25-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse was trying to kill cow??

Saw something weird today. I was driving to the barn this morning. There is this pasture by the road with several horses an a bunch of cows; big gentle cows, with horns. Any way, one of the horses was chasing a cow. He knocked it over and started pawing and chewing, just getting after it like he wanted a raw hamburger! Ok,I says, I thought horses were herbivores! The horse kept biting and pulling on the cow, and the cow just sits there. Me and my mom decided to pull over, and tell the animal's owner. Mom knocked on the door of the house by the pasture, but nobody answered. We went over and scared the horse away, (across the fence of course) and everything was fine and dandy. The horse looked at the cow a bit longer, and started grazing. The cow was still sitting, but looked fine. Cows must have a very tough hide, because she looked unscathed!

These animals have lived together a long time, and I never saw anything like this happen. What I'm wondering is, why? That is the weirdest thing I have ever seen a horse do.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-25-2010, 05:43 PM
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Haha, the horse could have been playing or maybe the cow was playing and the horse didn't want any part of it. Then again, some horses just really hate cattle. I have one of those and I know that I could never turn him out with cattle because he would run them and himself ragged.

Cows are tough animals. Their skin is actually pretty darn thick so I wouldn't worry about the horse being able to really hurt it by biting.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-25-2010, 06:40 PM
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Some horses are just out for bovine blood. It just happens when a horses' cow sense is way too strong. If this horse has been there all along, it may just have been rough play or a dispute between the cow and the horse.
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