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    01-25-2011, 12:34 AM
Green Broke
Local horse killed by wild cat

I got the very sad news today that a friend's QH breeding stallion was killed, by a "wild" cat. We are all in shock. The man that owned and trained our gelding Sarge, had bred and raised this stallion. Last year he transferred ownership to a longtime friend and retained breeding rights. His new owner has gone on trailrides with us and this stud was her baby.

I don't know any details other than he was attacked and killed in Kirbyville, TX which is in southeast Texas. Parks and Wildlife came out and I think they are going to try to hunt the cat down. This stud was a big boy...about 1375 lbs - sweet as a baby - about 12 years old or so.

We are all shocked that a cat would attack a horse this large. We go camping up there all the time..and of course, our friends live up there. Keep this family in your prayers...she is devastated over the loss of Rimfire.
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    01-25-2011, 02:38 AM
That's so sad... There was a horse killed by a cougar out where I live too, pretty far from Texas though (BC, Canada) but it's a little chilling to think that they're taking down such big animals.
    01-25-2011, 04:57 AM
That's such a horrible loss. My thoughts go out to the owner.
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    01-25-2011, 08:59 AM
Green Broke
Very rare but it happened south of me in Wisconsin! Very scary! With all the snow and such the cat probably found it as easy prey. Sad
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    01-25-2011, 09:05 AM
Very sad! I feel for the owner...
    01-25-2011, 04:00 PM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone. I know that Jacque would appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

We don't have any snow here so the horse wasn't hampered by snow. My thoughts is that he may have been sleeping on the ground and was attacked while he was on the ground. I will get the details later. They are going to hunt for the cat - one of the people on FB said that someone's trailer cam caught a big cat dragging a deer on its video feed...and it was close to where this happened.
    01-25-2011, 04:33 PM
Wow hope they can find the cat !
    01-25-2011, 06:27 PM
I hope that they can find the cat, because if they don't, eventually someone is going to end up getting a personal encounter with the cat when they go to check on their livestock. I am so sorry for the owners, losing a horse like that is so hard. Please keep us updated.
    01-25-2011, 08:21 PM
Oh, that's horrible. My thoughts are with the family.

I do hope they find the cat too. It is pretty unusual for them to attack something that is so much bigger than them and it may only be a matter of time before it comes across a person and attacks.
    01-26-2011, 03:58 PM
Green Broke
My friend went to visit Jacque and took her some cupcakes...poor girl is distraught. My friend said that evidently 2 wild cats attacked him in a 40x40 pen. He is too big and heavy to have jumped the pen. My friend didn't asked Jacque anything - she said it was like going to the funeral home and didn't want to upset her farther.

Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. It has been a shock to our little horsey community and we all feel for her. She and her hubby are the nicest people.

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