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    10-09-2012, 12:42 PM
I couldn't help but laugh at your stories. Why does it always seem to be the pig? We owned and bred pigs for a couple of years. The pig pen was in the stable paddock and alongside the pigs pens we used to keep the lucern. And of course the pig feed. Let's just say it wasn't very long before all the horses' fears dissapeared in favour of the pigs' feed. We had a devil of a time keeping them out of the pig sty. The pigs sometimes complained a little, but the horses would just remove his nose out of reach and continue the second the pig backed of.Though I have to say that didn't stop old Hans nearly having a heart attack because of one. We were coming back from a trail ride and his mind was on R&R when just as we passed the pig sty the big saw lets out an almighty snort! He almost jumped out of his skin!
Boots - bugger a weanling, if you've ever seen a day old piglet sitting on his bum suckling a bottle you'll go running to the nearest pig farmer for a little runt. One of our sows sadly died giving birth to thirteen piglets. We had to raise ten of the little ones by hand. I do believe it may oficially be the cutest thing on four legs.
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    10-09-2012, 01:04 PM
Honestly any animal (or human) with any sense has a reason to be leery of pigs. A domestic pig if turned loose only takes a matter of days to revert to completely feral nature. They will eat anything they can and other animals know this. That same hog you raised from a cute little piglet will happily begin chomping on you of given the opportunity and in the feral state that are known for extreme aggression and attack. These animals are larg wand tough, their skin is hard to break through and their teeth are made for breaking and chewing not only flesh but bones as well. It's instinctual that horses fear them as hogs can even take down cattle without much of an issue.
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    10-09-2012, 01:47 PM
To All The Pig Posts = Thank You

Thanks all for attempting a solution for my horse vs. pigs. I was told that by nature horses don't like pigs. I said 'what?' my horses don't shy at anything. Whoa, was I wrong.

JD my wise gelding does not bat an eye at them and he will lead Lily to the pig pot with no problem. She goes with, hesitantly. To clarify on some replies, Lily is the most broke and well mannered horse I've ever owned, so the pig problem is more that a psychiatric issue. She literally flips a switch.

I'm convinced I should borrow a pig for a time and put it in a pen in closer proximity to their pastures. Either that or buy would probably end up a pet.

Other ideas are most welcome but so far the best one is from OhVairOh > have a pig BBQ . . .
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    10-09-2012, 04:33 PM
Oh my gosh!! I'm so glad you posted this. I have almost the same problem with the horse I lease. Every time I take him down this one ditch bank he freaks out, snorting, shaking, and you can tell he really wants to bolt (but he refrains from bolting and I am proud of him for that). I was recently talking to someone who has ridden this same area for years and she told me there used to be a pig there. And poor Beau makes it very obvious that he remembers the pig. I was wondering why he is so terrified of something that isn't even there anymore, but had no idea about the nature of pigs. So I now know why he is terrified and can sympathize with him a little more. I'm glad he's not alone in his fear of pigs lol.
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    10-09-2012, 05:03 PM
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You'd have to buy TWO pigs. Pigs are herd animals and don't do well alone.

I raise pigs, their pen backs up to the horse pasture. No fear of pigs from the horses here.

Oddly enough, I have my gelding boarded out and guess what backs up to the arena? The neighbor's pigpen..... All new horses to the barn spend a week in "arena turnout" and no fears of pigs there either.
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    10-09-2012, 07:16 PM
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Don't laugh at my story because there is nothing funny about it.

I started running into feral pigs on my trail rides in the mountains and canyons south of the ranch about 5 years ago. They were terrified of them. One caused a serious wreck with a good really trail gelding that I was riding. It ended up with me getting a $9000.00 helicopter ride, a 3 week hospital stay and nearly a year in re-hab and PT. This was the ONLY serious wreck I had riding in more than 50 years of training horses, So --- I take pigs really seriously.

I bought a pot bellied pig and have had her in a pen near the barn for over 4 years. She has been perfectly happy by herself for the last 4 years. There is a big tree next to her pen and there is a horse tied to it right now. I have several horses that still do not like her, but now they all tolerate her. I ride them back and forth and back and forth until they walk by without trying to bolt away from her.

If I have a horse that has been ridden very hard and is tired, that is where I will unsaddle him and tie him up until he is cooled out and ready to be put up. It is one of these horses that is standing next to her pen right now. I know of no other way to get a horse to tolerate a pig. They just do not like them or trust them unless they have been raised around them. Then, they are fine with them.
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    10-09-2012, 07:54 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
I'll be watching this thread intently. My gelding is the same, but with cows and miniatures/shetlands. He just stands and fixates, he shakes like a leaf, sweats up and it is near impossible to snap him out of it. Turn his head right around and he'll roll his eye towards the cow/pony then launch himself backwards.
It's quite infuriating! And his ground work is not a problem at all, he absolutely respects my boundaries, but when something gets his attention, there's no hope.

I second NOT putting her in with the pigs, if her fear is as such as my geldings, she will rather run through a fence and kill herself, than be near the pigs.
The minis were my nightmare at the jumping shows when I was a groom!!! I would tie the horses on the other side of the truck sometimes! I wonder why minis would set a horse off, but not a dog of the same size???? The horses would seriously shut down if a mini came near.....

Have never ever encountered a pig I'm forewarned!!
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    10-09-2012, 08:30 PM
I've tried all suggestions here so far on my gelding, but might be of some help to the OP?
I have worked my boy extremely hard, and bought him back puffing and sweating to see if he would stand near the cows. As soon as he saw them, tiredness was forgotten and off he went again.

Like muppet, I have yet to encounter pigs though and hope not to!
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    10-09-2012, 08:45 PM
Mine were scared of them at first but got over it since they share a fence line.. Lol now they reach over and nip the pigs
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    10-09-2012, 09:01 PM
I agree that it seems to be an instinctive fear common in many horses. It may be an uphill battle getting her over it.

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