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        02-16-2009, 09:20 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    We see coyotes all the time out here in CA. We had a mamma coyote and her buddies chase us once last spring because we had ridden too close to her den. This year we walked up on a rattlesnake, the horses didnt even really react, just calmly moved out of the way. I was more freaked out than they were, the whole way home I was checking to see if we were being followed by the snake! LOL :)
         
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        02-16-2009, 11:57 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Rattle snakes don't follow you do they? That would be sooo scary if they did...
         
        02-17-2009, 12:01 AM
      #13
    Trained
    The first trail ride I go on since I've moved here, we saw a black bear.

    I've seen them before (from the comfort of a car) but never on horse back.
    We (there were 4 of us) started singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall at the top of our lungs.

    It stopped and stared at us for a while before going up a hill. I was terrified!

    The thing that did spook my horse was a guy on a bicycle. He came up so very quiet from behind. Didn't say anything until Montana lept forward and I almost came off.
         
        02-17-2009, 12:15 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Woooo that's a close one appylover I guess that would be a good thing to do is make as much loud crazy noise as possible. I would be afraid of him getting mad and coming after us.
         
        02-17-2009, 12:30 AM
      #15
    Trained
    It was a young bear, not as large as adults and we kind of stumbled upon him.

    We were a good 1-200 feet from the bear (probably more i'm bad with distance) so if it did start coming after us, we'd have a good head start.
         
        02-17-2009, 12:38 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Do you think adult bears are harder to scare off? Im all worried now, lol.
         
        02-17-2009, 12:43 AM
      #17
    Foal
    We don't have anything really scary in australia do we lol
    But my horse is scared of everything so that's a good thing.
    If anyone has seen something scary on there adventures id looove to see pics as we don't get to see anything remotely scary here.
         
        02-17-2009, 03:45 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Peanut, we got snakes!!! They are kinda scary! And what about those scary dogs that want to eat horse legs!!!! LOL!!! But yea nothing compared to bears or anything!
         
        02-17-2009, 03:48 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Hmmm the scariest thing would probably be goannas. But they wont do anything unless provoked.
    Other things I've seen are snakes, bunnies and hares, and other small things that don't really bother us much. The horses don't even look, not even at the wallabies when they take off from being hidden in the bushes.

    We saw a dingo once when we were pulling the trailer in to park at the start of a trail. It just run away. It was huge tho, a crossbreed with a domestic dog!
         
        02-17-2009, 09:12 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    When I lived in AK we had some dealings with bears and moose, never any trouble though. In WA the worst wild animals were the deer hunters!!! Deer would occasionally spring away and spook my horse. In CA we've seen rattlesnakes, had some coyotes follow us for a while, just curious but we have major killer bunnies and squirrels if you ask my horse!!
         

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