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        05-10-2009, 09:10 AM
      #121
    Weanling
    Birds! Oh, and people that screeched "horsies!" and ran after us like some kind of lunatics. >.< We galloped away from them real fast! Our mistake for going in a public park. Lol.
         
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        05-19-2009, 11:38 PM
      #122
    Weanling
    Wow...bears, bison, jeez! I guess I'm missing out!
    Scariest think I've ever come across was a rattlesnake, living in AZ it's not uncommon to run across one or two while you're out riding.
         
        05-24-2009, 06:43 PM
      #123
    Foal
    Up here we pretty much have it all - foxes, coyotes, bear, mountain lions, etc. We often get the coyotes right by the house as the pack moves through. Here lately, we have had another mountain lion working the local deer herd pretty hard. So far, nothing has bothered the horse pastured out front.
         
        05-24-2009, 10:06 PM
      #124
    Started
    I've seen some scary Spyders! They make my skin crawl.
         
        05-25-2009, 12:00 AM
      #125
    Weanling
    Oh my god, we came across two dingoes this afternoon. It was sooo nervewracking! One was a cream cross-breed and he was HUGE. The second was a female, I think, and she looked really nervous around us. She took off immediately, but the big male stood around a while longer, just looking at us.

    He's going to get a bullet in his head if he's not careful. The cattle farmers around our barn shoot them and hang their skins on the fences to ward off other dingoes from their herds.
    We found that out the hard way, one time. The horses started freaking out for some reason, and we all had no clue what was happening...we forced them to go forward and then stopped. There were five skins hanging on a fence close to the reserve gate. We had no clue they were even there! Guess the horses smelt them...
         
        05-25-2009, 08:58 AM
      #126
    Foal
    We see a bunch of coyotes around here
         
        05-29-2009, 09:43 PM
      #127
    Weanling
    I haven't read through everything, but has anyone mentioned gators yet? We have come across quite a few gators, but they keep to themselves. Other than that, 3' iguanas, possum, armadillo, rattlers, mocassins, deer, hawks, owls, coons, bob cats (my 3 yr old likes to chase those), otters, and wild hogs. Theres also soft shell turtles and toroises, the soft shells can get pretty mean, and they are fast! Another thing we see a lot are fox squirrels, I believe they have been on the endangered species list, but they thrive where I live. They aren't exactly dangerous though......
         
        05-29-2009, 09:45 PM
      #128
    Green Broke
    Used to see bears a lot when I was out camping and hunting with my family as a kid. We had excellent trail horses so the horses always knew of them before we did and never spooked.

    Nowadays only see really lame wild animals known as bicycle riders and roller bladders. Worse than any bear or cougar I'd met on the trail.
         
        05-30-2009, 01:01 AM
      #129
    Trained
    We walked by two deer once. Of course, Ricci didn't see them... we've also had a coyote get pretty close to the barn but that's about it.

    And I definitely agree. The crazy screaming people and the ones who honk their horn or drive by you real quick are the worst. =|
         
        05-31-2009, 08:09 PM
      #130
    Trained
    Yesterday we came across a very large, hairy, llama. My TB was not amused. His head shot straight up, he wheeled around so fast I got dizzy and bolted a few good steps before I was able to shut him down. Thank goodness for the one rein stop! The poor horse was so terrified, I had to get off and back track a few miles to get to our final destination. He would have jumped into my lap if he could have fit!
         

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