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        02-16-2009, 07:21 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Has anyone seen a WILD animal on the trail

    OTHER then deer, they don't count!..lol

    My friend and I were talking about what we would do if we saw a bear, and how we would just let our horses book it and hold on with dear life.

    Now its got me thinking and I wondered if any of you have seen like a montian lion,bear,fox,wolf..ect scary animals that can harm you
    And what did you guys do when you saw them???
         
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        02-16-2009, 08:14 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    The scariest thing we come across it male 'roos. pintopony the guy we saw this time was scary cause he wouldn't jump away which made us think his females were around somewhere. They can turn quite nasty in breeding season and when young ones are around.

    Otherwise all our more poisonous things are snakes and spiders which we are pretty sure he horses can out run ;)
         
        02-16-2009, 08:16 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Never really go on trail rides since our barn is in the middle ofhte city. But we did have 2 foxes at the barn (they were after our chickens lol) and one morning when I was there I came face to face with teh fox and we had a staring contest lol. I was bad and tried to pet it. When I was up in the foothills (there is this restaurant there Humphrey Station, love it! But it used to be an old stop for like the stage coaches etc..) we were eating outside and spotted a big deer!! It was the male I believe, big antlers (arent they called bucks??) We rarely have bears here, I mean on our flag is a grizzly bear and we don't even have them lol, they all almost went extinct here And for my Astronomy class, during our lab times we spent 3 different nights up in the sorta foothill area where there were no lights to look through the big telescopes. Well It is a good 40 some minute drive to the turn off then another 30 min on a little narrow dirt road. Anywho me and my friend were among the last few to be there finishing our work and heard a bunch of coyotes howling only 100 yards away. I could see their eyes shine, scared the life out of me!!! But my teacher said that was nothing compared to when he was there alone cleaning up and a coyote sat 10 feet away from him and just stared at him...lol That is all of my "wild experiecenes" lol
         
        02-16-2009, 08:21 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Well apart from foxes we don't have any of those scary animals you listed in australia! Lol! I've seen lots of harmless animals while trail riding like kangaroos, wallabys, lizzards, goannas, rabbits, rats and mice. I've come across a few snakes but most of the time they just run away and I just keep my distance from them. I don't think foxes would do much, I think they would just run away. I have come across a pretty scary looking dog but I saw it before I got close so I just turned around. Once I heard a really scary growling kinda noise in the bush right next to me and I just turned around and bolted! Lol! That was scary!!! To answer your question, I would just turn and run! Im not sure if its the right thing to do but I would just do that without even thinking!
         
        02-16-2009, 09:01 PM
      #5
    Showing
    We see coyotes and bobcats but they are usually more scared of us then we are of them. I saw a bobcat up a tree after a domestic cat once. We rode up and scared the bobcat away and saved the poor kittys life.
         
        02-16-2009, 09:25 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Aww man that poor kitty, were you guys actually able to get it down from the tree?

    The BO has seen two bears at the hay barn (where most of the trails are) we see bear poop every where also. But so far no one has seen one while riding.
    I would probably pee my pants if I saw one.
         
        02-16-2009, 09:35 PM
      #7
    Trained
    Mama Moose and her baby. We ran away before they could think they were threatened.
         
        02-16-2009, 09:56 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Yikes! I would hate to see a mama moose.
         
        02-16-2009, 10:05 PM
      #9
    Trained
    It was terrifying lol
         
        02-16-2009, 10:14 PM
      #10
    Super Moderator
    Bald eagles, ducks, geese, rabbits, snakes... deer... foxes, bobcats... black bear...wild turkey...

    The scariest thing was a hoove eating tree stump... very dangerous... put my friend on the ground, almost got me off too... dangerous dangerous tree stump....
         

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