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post #11 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 10:22 PM
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KA_BOOOOOM! Problem solved.

And I would certainly file a complaint against the dog owners.

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Well a gun is only good if I'm there when it happens, and I have no problem taking out something trying to hurt my animals. I wanted a stock guardian for when I'm not there. :)
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 12:22 PM
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Donkeys! Cute and functional ;)

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post #14 of 17 Old 10-25-2013, 12:16 AM
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What about an electric fence? Even if you just did a smaller area for the mare and foal?

There are always more dogs to replace the ones you shoot or that go missing... I have a neighbor with 2 dogs and no fence. Now they have a 3rd dog (a puppy). We have another neighbor with a big white dog that gets loose, another with 2 pit bulls. That is 3 neighbors who all have dogs that get loose.

Electric fencing works wonders, but installation is a pain especially when you are going from ground level up! You could also put up a permanent pen (roundpen or small mesh wire pen).
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-25-2013, 10:57 PM
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I have a calf and now a foal and I want to get something that will keep dogs out of my pasture. I woke up to two dogs going after the first foal I had and luckily was there to save him. I'm told female donkeys are good, and llamas, but I'd hate to bring something home and have it sit idly by while my critters get eaten. I'm open to any suggestions as far as species, it will share 12 acres with a few horses, a few cows, and two ponies. Also if anyone knows the difference in upkeep cost forllamas vs donkeys (or other dog hating stock) or your experience with either please share!
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You have a few horses? I can see a foal having problems, but I've always found that the horses we've had always dealt with canines types quite well on there own (even to the point of killing the them) so if the foals with the horses I'm surprised the dogs were able to get to the foal without one or more horses making short work of them. But if you want something else, as already stated, donkeys and mules work well. Or you can go with a dog of your own. If you go with a dog I would recommend herd guarding breeds specifically since the ones I've had would guard instinctively starting at about 6 months of age. If you're in a state with cooler weather the Great Pyr is excellent, as is the long haired version of the Estrela Mountain Dog. If you're in a warmer part of the country the shorter haired Estrela might be better. If you're good with training then you could go with the Kuvasz. If you're not familiar with them I'd strongly recommend researching them first. While they are excellent at their job and tend to do it naturally (and determinedly) they do require socializing and a confident owner. Among the most dependable and loyal dogs I've ever owned.
Note: they are barkers if that's a problem.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-26-2013, 02:26 AM
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We have a donkey and she keeps many critters away: rattlesnakes, dogs, skunks, coons, coyotes and probably more I don't even know about! She is an air fern, so feeding is not an issue. She is friendly, smart, and and easy to care for. I trim her feet. Plus,she is cute as hell! Can't think of one downside, but I love her bray too.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-27-2013, 02:33 PM
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Donkeys are good, but as far as upkeep they're as high-maintenance as a horse, even more so since they will founder more easily than a pony on fresh pasture.
Lamas are nice too, and you can get wool off of them (Which people will actually buy raw if you don't want to do anything with it). If you can find one affordable, alpacas are even better. But both will sometimes bully the other animals, especially foals--I know mine do. They are lower maintenance than a donkey though.

You may also consider goats. Watch out for breed though, Boer and Nigerians will be very aggressive, even the wethers (neutered males) and females--trust me, I have had both breeds. The ones I like are Angoras, which are wooly and they have really gorgeous, spiraling horns. The breed standard for them is to keep the horns on, so you won't likely find any dehorned (not that they'd be much good protecting without them anyway). They are mean to dogs but kind to people, I can even lead my Angora billy around by his horns, which have over a three-foot span.

When we had a coyote problem, we tried all of the above, and even geese (for our chickens) and had found that all of them protect just fine, it's only the matters of maintenance and socialization that need to be factored.

I hope you find what you're looking for!
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