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post #41 of 48 Old 08-12-2011, 09:40 AM
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Feral pigs... anybody have experience/advice for feral pigs? We have them in south TX and while I have never ridden down there without a local guide, some of us are planning to go down to Hill Country to ride this fall/winter with our own horses.
The men have guns, but I don't. Maybe I should get one and start going over to the shooting range close to our barn. Our horses are used to the constant popping of gunfire because of our neighboring shooting range.
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post #42 of 48 Old 08-12-2011, 09:43 AM
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We have an occasional ferel pig show up around here. They are afraid of you and run away usually. The only way they would attack you as far as I know is if they are cornered. They could scare the horses half to death just by existing.

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post #43 of 48 Old 08-12-2011, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
We have an occasional ferel pig show up around here. They are afraid of you and run away usually. The only way they would attack you as far as I know is if they are cornered. They could scare the horses half to death just by existing.
The south texas pigs run in packs. Never have encountered them personally. Horses do smell them, have always trusted the wrangler on our rides and his horse.
As others have said, hunters are the really scary ones
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post #44 of 48 Old 08-12-2011, 11:41 PM
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We have seen them numerous times in Tyrrell Park out in the back but have seen tracks and droppings in the woods adjacent to the stables and picnic areas. LOL Last March we were riding and come off the bridge over the bayou and down about 75 yards was a sow with about 5 piglets...OMG it was hilarious - we were yelling at LeAnn to get her butt back on her horse!! I took some pictures. The sow was pretty good sized, black with a huge white spot on her left flank area. We had seen them running prior to this in the woods but just caught glimpses of ears or the top of their backs through the brush. That was the first time I saw them fully. Another time they were on the opposite side of the ride away from where they were before near where were come off the bridge but they were about 150 yards away. A few weeks ago they ran across our path about 75 yards ahead of us...splashing through the slough as they went!!! We are usually riding in a group...anywhere from 2 to 6 of us so we are making plenty of noise. The hogs are moving away from us.

We did run up on some in Louisiana and they were going every which way literally exploding out from under our feet. They were trying to get away - scared some of the horses but Thank GOD Biscuit just flinched hard and went on....his selling price increased $5k right then!!! (lol and he isn't even for sale!)

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post #45 of 48 Old 08-13-2011, 03:14 AM
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Here's a handy list of how to handle different wildlife you may encounter horseback:

Snake..........shoot it

Rabbit..........shoot it

Possums & Coon........if your dog is with you, gut shoot it and let the dog play with it. it's fun for everyone (except the varmit)

Porcupine and Skunk.....shoot it but don't let your dog play with it

Neighbor's dog that likes to chase your horse.........rope it and drag it down the road at least 1/2 mile. you don't want to alarm the owner that their dog's being trained. so go real fast to keep the rope tight and he'll be choking too much to yelp.............. additionally, you can let your dog chew on him during and after the strangulation period(this is optional)

Bear..............rope it. you won't have to worry about keeping the rope tight, you horse will take care of that.

Bigfoot...........make sure it's not a hillbilly, then shoot it.

Cougar............rope it, but be sure to get it on video. I don't wish for anyone to die, but if it happens, we all want to see it!!!
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post #46 of 48 Old 08-13-2011, 09:35 AM
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post #48 of 48 Old 08-31-2011, 05:12 AM
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The only predator my horse has to worry about is the one sitting on her back.
No snakes ,lions, bears, or anything else that could hurt the horse but perhaps a dog. One of my friends was attacked by a dog while out riding her horse on the road. She became dislodged from the horse, it took off with the dog in hot persuit. The horse rounded the corner out of sight of my friend and promptly dealt to the dog. One predator less. The rider was unhurt, the horse held its head high, the dog, well its in doggy heaven if there is such a place. Moral, don't mess with a bush horse.
I live in New Zealand and we don't have predators as such. No crocks, aligators, or sharks well only the type that sell used cars and some of them ride horses which only goes to prove that not all sharks are bad.
I don't envy those that ride where there are large predators as horse and rider is dinner.
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