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    10-09-2012, 09:21 PM
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Foal
Lily vs. Pigs Again....

Hey all I might be onto something since I first posted Lily's pig problem.

I am not one to be daunted. Since Lily is smart (aren't they all?) I also know once she gets something she has got it.

Two things I did. I got a rag soaked in pigs urine and put it in her stall. No threat as she comes and goes at will. She went right up to the rag, smelled it, then when out and gazed to the pig field. This is good she is making an association and the smell did not bother her.

Next I found pig squeals on the internet - different kinds and played it to her. Oh yeah, now she has it. Especially when I found the right vocal. She went to her pig spot in the field looking for them more intently. And the sound bothered her. This is a good thing as I can desensitize her to sounds of squeals while she dines.

A little desensitizing at a time might be the answer with her. Then the only thing left is a relatively close encounter....I'll keep ya'll posted!
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    10-09-2012, 10:15 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by PattyAnn    
Hey all I might be onto something since I first posted Lily's pig problem.

I am not one to be daunted. Since Lily is smart (aren't they all?) I also know once she gets something she has got it.

Two things I did. I got a rag soaked in pigs urine and put it in her stall. No threat as she comes and goes at will. She went right up to the rag, smelled it, then when out and gazed to the pig field. This is good she is making an association and the smell did not bother her.

Next I found pig squeals on the internet - different kinds and played it to her. Oh yeah, now she has it. Especially when I found the right vocal. She went to her pig spot in the field looking for them more intently. And the sound bothered her. This is a good thing as I can desensitize her to sounds of squeals while she dines.

A little desensitizing at a time might be the answer with her. Then the only thing left is a relatively close encounter....I'll keep ya'll posted!
lol. Sounds even better than buying one. Those little buggers can be tough to keep contained.
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    10-09-2012, 10:22 PM
  #23
Showing
Pigs have eyes in the front of the head - predator. That's how the horse sees it and he's right.
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    10-09-2012, 10:45 PM
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I do not have suggestions on how to sensitize your horse. The park where I ride is full of hogs. OMG they used to be in the back and now they are right up in the front and this is a city park! We see them running and they are generally trying to move away from us. The horses will stop, head goes up giraffe style. Biscuit has literally had them explode from under his feet and he just jumped sideways about 1 foot. He is better when they are to the side of him...he doesn't like it when they are in front of him. We have heard them squealing, oinking and growling...the growling really got our attention.

We keep talking to the horses calmly and reassuringly and keep going. I haven't rode in the park in the last few months that didn't include an encounter with the hogs.
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    10-10-2012, 01:17 AM
  #25
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How about a stuffed animal pig? Or a realistic one that makes noises when you squeeze it.
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    10-10-2012, 06:47 AM
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Yearling
I think you guys are right about it being instinct. For some reason (no clue how this came up) I was told that pigs smell similar to bears, to horses that is. Makes no sense to me, but the predator/instinct thing makes WAY more sense lol I've seen this SO many times!
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    10-10-2012, 02:44 PM
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I just saw this and I hope you are making progress. If you have access to piglets it might help as well. We just bought a piglet for meat a few months ago and he was small enough to carry. I had the piglet and my puppy on a harness and leash and had my horse on a lead. And my horse is courageous and walked right up to them with the grunting and squeals and barking. I think my dog being there helped associate that there was nothing to be scared of.

Now the piglet is towering over my dog, and my horses are fine when near the pig. The pig stays out of there way and they don't get nervous with him around. (we tend to let our pig free range a bit during the day). I hope you can get yoru girl over it. Its quick fine seeing them interact :)
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