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post #181 of 190 Old 08-30-2009, 04:32 PM
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Deer, chipmunks, squirrels, ground hogs, coyotes, occassional wolf but not very often, snakes?? About one a year and they are not posionous.
Turkeys?? There was about 25 grazing with my horse this afternoon. They hang out with the horses.. Why do I still have to buy my thanksgiving turkey??
Skunks, weasels occassionally, muskrats and big scary cows.
I ride through a dairy farm on my loop.
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post #182 of 190 Old 08-30-2009, 08:42 PM
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I have seen coyotes, deer, rattlesnakes, pheasants, and foxes. My horse will spook at a rattler (so the urban myth is true in some cases). Another time she flatly refused to go up a trail we had been up a zillion times. No amount of coaxing, circling, kicking, etc. could convince her to go. She was wheeling around, popping up the front end, generally making it clear that if a 1200lb horse doesn't want to go somewhere, it's not going. After fighting with this for about ten or fifteen minutes, I gave into her (knowing you're really not supposed to do that), figuring she must have a reason to be throwing a fit about going up that trail, as she loves her trail rides and is not and never has been a nappy horse.

A day or so later one of the neighbors, whose house bordered on the ranch's property near the aforesaid trial, said he spotted a mountain lion in the area.

Clever horse. Would have a made a good lead mare in the wild. Obviously you have to be lead mare in 98% of situations but there are times when I will concede to her superior senses.
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post #183 of 190 Old 08-30-2009, 08:58 PM
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Yes, all of the time. We live right on the border of the state land and ride it a lot. But we haul places to trail ride as well. I have seen elk, deer, coyotes, cougar tracks, bears, etc.
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post #184 of 190 Old 08-31-2009, 11:12 AM
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The deer around are trails are dumb. They don't run away till we're right next to them. Most of the time the horses just do a lil' 5 step gallop lol. One of my friends had a sand crane fly underneath her horse, but her horse is amazing and didn't freak out too bad. Her aunt had a turkey fly right into her horse's face. She flew off and broke a vertebrae, I think. We see a lot of things. The scariest was probably a bear. lol

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post #185 of 190 Old 09-02-2009, 11:33 PM
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I've been seeing mountain goats in the Cascade range of Washington on these trails. Basin Lake and Goat Hole (guess the goat hole is aptly named!)

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post #186 of 190 Old 09-03-2009, 06:53 PM
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Mountain Lions, Horses, Mules, & Bears... Oh My!

I can't even count the # of critters I've run into on horse or mule back... But here's a few stories... Hope you enjoy them.

1> Manassas, VA
My old TB, Arizona & I used to go trail riding all the time & stop in an open field to graze with the deer. I had one herd that was really used to us, we went over there almost every night for spring, summer, & fall one year. This fawn began to get really interested in my horse & it would sneak away from his mom to get closer. Mom would run up & heard it away a few feet, it got to point where he would touch noses with Arizona. The horse loved the deer & the lush grass too.

2> Graves Moountain - Syria, VA
I've run into several bears in very tight spots on the trails in the mountains. Was on my old mule, Annie so I really wasn't scared, nor was she... We were always way in front of everybody on the trails. I was just kicked back in my saddle enjoying the ride & the scenery... Man I miss that mule!
One time we were heading down a very steap hill on a very tight trail; straight wall of mountain to our right & straight down the side of a cliff to our left... So anyways, there was 6 of us headed down; with me in the front keeping look out for the ones that have been freaking out all day about running into a bear on the trail, haha. We are all full swing into heading down the mountain as I come around the bend & there is BIG black bear! smack dab in the middle of the trail! I stopped my mule & yelled back to everyone "BEAR!" "IN THE TRAIL!" "STOP!"!!! I'd say I was stopped about 8 feet from the bear where he was just hanging out so I tried backing up the hill a little... till everyone came right up behind Freaking Out & trying to stop their horses on the downhill trail. I got everyone calmed down & off their horses & mules, I stayed on my mule between them & the bear & reported to them everytime they asked what it was doing, or if it was leaving. It took about 10 mins of being patient & letting him wallow his way down the traila bit & off into the woods. And so then we continued our way down the mountain. That was a great trip to the mountains!

3> Manassas, VA
Was riding my belgian Chauncy from the Manassas Battlefield to Centerville in Virginia... I saw a mountain lion run about 20 feet in front of me & it jumped a wire fence. That was pretty cool but I was by myelf & I couldn't wait to get to where I was going to tell my sister that I finally saw him! Cause she'd seen him twice in the Battlefield already...

Run into many coyotees, foxes, deer, rabbits, ducks, geese, etc... and riden through a few cow fields where the cows like to chase you & jump & try to spoke your horse...

I love trail riding & I love nature & almost all the animals that come with it! Just don't like the FLYS & BUGS!
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post #187 of 190 Old 09-05-2009, 04:42 PM
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I have seen coyote on trail, they usually just stare and walk away, but one did follow, they were harm less though.
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post #188 of 190 Old 09-05-2009, 11:11 PM
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funny story to this actually....me and my friend were riding trails near her house the day after watching signs...you know the freaky alien movie...well my friend was terrified of aliens and we had been talking about them all day. It was sunset but we were still out not really wanting to head home, we prob should have. There were lots of trees thus the trails were sorta dark and shadowed.

Thats when we heard a huge crash and saw something black dart across the trail behind us. Thankfully the horses didnt spook but it freaked us out. Still being the dumb kids we were we kept going and after a minute we noticed a shadow fallowing us and standing against trees and such watching us. We both freaked out thinking it was aliens.

We quickly trotted home that day. A few weeks later my friend went to shut her barking dog up and when she shined her light out she saw a big old black panther on the fence line. So come to find out the aliens hadnt been after us it was a black panther...

It freaked us both out. Oh and before anyone says black panthers arent real they need to come live in north texas...Ill swear to the fact they are indeed real.

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post #189 of 190 Old 09-05-2009, 11:30 PM
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I am not a huge trail rider, so I haven't seen much, but I have seen deer. And birds!

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post #190 of 190 Old 09-06-2009, 07:36 PM
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We've seen bear many times, also coyotes, foxes, deer, marmots, bobcats, and once a mountain lion. The mountain lion was by far the scariest - the horses get a little nuts when they see or smell one of those!!!
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