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post #1 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I'm Really Worried

I didn't know where to put this so...I'm really worried about my horses. I went to go see them a couple of days ago and they were freaked out But I didn't know why. They won't come and eat their hay, and I'm worried that they are getting hungry. There is 5 in. of snow so I don't think they're eating grass. I finally got Havana to come down today and she acted like there was a monster sitting behind me. But it wasn't me she was scared of. She kept bucking and rearing and running in big circles. Then she would stare in every direction. She even charged me! And she NEVER does that. Then me and the horses heard a long low growl and they took off. Havana galloped full speed up the (very steep) hill and fell. Then ahe got up and went off again and fell. Then she got up again and continued to gallop. Then she reached the top of the hill and let out a real loud snort. I'm really worried. There is obviously SOMETHING over there, but I don't know what. The horses are (as far as I know) getting nothing to eat because (evidently) there is something by the hay. Sorry this is so long but I'm extreamly worried, and confused. Here is what she looked like today:
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:18 PM
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Well seeing as you live near the mountains it sounds like a mountain lion or bobcat. I don't think it will Hurt the horses but best to call someone.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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There not supposed to live around here...but there is a story (not saying it's true) about a black mountain lion that escaped from a sancutary.

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:32 PM
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Actually mountain lions do attack horses sometimes. There was an attack in NJ not that long ago, everyone is blaming the jersey devil, but im pretty sure it was just a mountain lion. The horse got his abdomen sliced open after something jumped on his back. He was fine though. I read the article a month or two ago.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:34 PM
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where are you?? what sort of predators do you have around there? I suggest you call someone to set a trap

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:42 PM
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Well yes they will but I hear that sometimes they don't bother them.
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:47 PM
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Could it be a coyote or stay dogs bothering them? Winter is desperate times for animals and they could be hungry enough to go after prey thats to big for them.

My dad spreads my German Shepard's hair around his land in the mountains to keep animals away, their scared of the smell apparently.

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post #8 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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I love in Southeastern Indiana. The predators are coyotes, and that's about it (unless you count wild dogs). No bears, mountain lions, or wolves around here. Of course there are always stories...but just coyotes (naturally).

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 11:07 PM
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Well it might of been a coyote. I advise calling someone ASAP.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-07-2010, 11:09 PM
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Defiantly sounds like a predator problem. I would be looking for tracks and getting a gun...
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