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        06-05-2010, 07:55 PM
      #41
    Showing
    Best thing to do is to make yourself as big and intimidating as possible. Wave your arms, yell, turn your horse sideways so that it appears bigger. If your horse is one of the braver ones, you can go toward the cougar still waving and yelling. It is highly unlikely that you will ever be attacked (and it is more likely for a person on foot than on horseback). Lets think realistically; your typical cougar wouldn't be able to bring down a healthy horse by itself, so why would it hunt one? It would likely look for smaller, weaker prey.
         
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        06-06-2010, 12:59 AM
      #42
    Yearling
    I looked at a bunch of the cougar attack reports, and did not see a single one involving an adult on horseback. Not saying it's never happened, but it's got to be really rare, about on the level of getting hit by a meteorite.
         
        06-06-2010, 01:09 AM
      #43
    Yearling
    Lol!!!
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cougar    
    i see a cougar every time I go riding.



    ...

    Yes I just made the world's worst joke.
         
        06-06-2010, 02:02 AM
      #44
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Northern    
    Illcomalopin, you shouldn't've invalidated my points by your inappropriate sarcasm. To all, there's nothing more that I can say on the subject, is there?!

    Oh, lighten up. You're too serious, Northern. Illcomalopin has good points coated in sarcasm, and if you can't handle it in good humor then I don't know what to tell you. She's invalidating your points with sarcasm, not blatent disregard for your experience. Invalidating points shouldn't offend you like that. This forum is for open discussion, not argument.
         
        06-06-2010, 02:05 AM
      #45
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Best thing to do is to make yourself as big and intimidating as possible. Wave your arms, yell, turn your horse sideways so that it appears bigger. If your horse is one of the braver ones, you can go toward the cougar still waving and yelling. It is highly unlikely that you will ever be attacked (and it is more likely for a person on foot than on horseback). Lets think realistically; your typical cougar wouldn't be able to bring down a healthy horse by itself, so why would it hunt one? It would likely look for smaller, weaker prey.

    Don't ever advance the cougar. I agree with everything else but do not advance. They take it as a challenge every time. It's a predatory instinct just like running would trigger the chase instinct.
         
        06-06-2010, 12:26 PM
      #46
    Weanling
    Ok, so I know the chances are slim to none, but if I ever were to see one...

    I don't run...
    I don't go at it...
    I try to prevent my horse from running... (is this even possible if a horse sees a cat?)
    I try to prevent my horse from fighting back...(is this possible if I manage to keep my horse from running - the next step is to fight... right?)
    I wave my arms and make myself look big...
    I yell and scream...

    I sit there on my horse doing all those things.

    Then what happens? The cougar runs away? Still comes at me?
         
        06-06-2010, 02:31 PM
      #47
    Trained
    The cougar will leave, generally. They'll go look for easier prey.
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        06-07-2010, 12:31 PM
      #48
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    

    As far as using dogs to protect you, get a fat slow dog that you can outrun and then you don't have to worry about getting mauled.
    lol!!!
         
        06-07-2010, 02:21 PM
      #49
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    The cougar will leave, generally. They'll go look for easier prey.
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    Very true and that is what I was told by a friend that is a game warden.

    That's why Kevin's suggestion was very sound and helpful.
         
        06-08-2010, 01:01 PM
      #50
    Foal
    Good and valid points, all.

    I think back to a woman who died a few years back in Banff(?) or Calgary(?) because of a cougar attack.. Any Alberta/BC peoples may remember this. Details being foggy [for me], she was alone and unarmed from what I remember. Wouldn't that be the worst case scenario?

    Buddy system with added defenses are always an asset! Especially if you're in their territory... A gun would be worth it, provided the horse was desensitized to the sound/rider to the punch.. Otherwise, the horse would spook at the gun; and to have the rider to fall with a fire arm is equally dangerous.

    I'm sure with time, confidence, knowledge and experience, you'll be good OP.
         

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