Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
I am a new horse owner, and my horse, Kiera is approximately seven months old. She was not handled until I bought her, pretty much, but overall she is a good girl and well behaved. We have had our issue with hoof cleaning, but that is getting worked out. The BO says she is dominant with the same age colt that she runs with and doesn't put up with any of his shenanigans.
In any case, I have seen her try to be aggressive to a CAT twice. The first time, the cat jumped up on her stall gate and walked back and forth wanting me to pet it. I started petting it, and Kiera sniffed him...and as the petting continued, she pinned her ears and bit him. Cat jumps down, the end. It was pretty fast, and I was not sure how to react.
Today however was a little more out there. I was grooming her and the cat jumped *into* her stall. I was petting him and trying to decide if I wanted to risk picking up a barn cat and chucking him out when Kiera walked up and sniffed him normally, ears up. The cat moved to get a better place under my hand and SHE TRIED TO STOMP HIM (with one hoof). Luckily the cat moved pretty fast and booked it out of her stall, standing outside next to some hay pretty much shaking.
So, who is in the wrong here, and what should be done?
The cat, for invading her space
The horse for making a move on another animal?
I think that in either case, this apparent jealousy (or territorialism? I really don't know) could be dangerous...what can I do to get her to stop? I've had my dog around her on a leash (supervised), and even though he decided to try to be a 5 year old 80 plus pound puppy, lowered himself and wagged so hard his butt wiggled, Kiera was ok with his presence, just showed curiousity, ears up, sniffing him and seemingly nonchalant.
But what do I do about the cat??? =( I think it's so weird because there have been several threads about horses loving cats and even grooming them, but my horse wants them GONE.
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