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        02-17-2009, 08:56 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    My QH gelding Pete and I ran across a few coyotes, they just ran off when they saw us. Once we were coming up to an old fence post and there was a Buzzard sitting on it, I saw it and Pete didn't! I stopped him and turned him so he was totally facing it and fortunately the thing moved a little so he was aware but he still spooked a bit when it flapped off lol. I miss Pete, wish I still had him!
         
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        02-17-2009, 10:00 PM
      #32
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    Well funny story...was riding when I was a kid with a friend of mine new to the area (I'm in Northern NJ) and he was asking what kind of wildlife around here. And I said we have deer of course, some foxes, hawks, if you ride at nite you may see an owl or two, coyotes, and I hear there are bear but i've never seen one.

    He laughed and said sure, and lions and tigers....and bears....haha!

    Just as he said that it was like someone said "queue bear stage left" and out from the woods trots a juvenille black bear across the trail, stops, stands up and sniffs at us, then continues trotting across the trail back into the deep woods. Neither of our horses could have cared less, but the two of us were so dumbfounded we almost fell off our horses! He was like no....no way dude was that a wind up bear?! The timing was hysterical!
         
        02-17-2009, 10:04 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    Just afew of the wild things I see along the trail.










    Wild Buffalo



    Wild donkeys

    Wild Mustangs
         
        02-17-2009, 11:24 PM
      #34
    Foal
    good god I thought seeing a kangaroo in the bush was exciting but wow them pictures really make me realise that I am missing out big time bevie
         
        02-18-2009, 07:32 AM
      #35
    Foal
    Double post sorry
         
        02-18-2009, 07:34 AM
      #36
    Foal
    WOW! Those pictures are amazing!
    Happygoose:dont tell me that,we are hoping to move to qld soon!lol
    Its so dry here,its just dirt at the moment,everywhere.
    We went to the gold coasta few weeks ago and the sunshine coast and it was so green there,we loved it there and want to move there,just further out with a bit of land.
    No,i live semi rural and I've never ever seen a snake..
    Whereabouts in qld are you?
    Maybe you could tell me abit about the place and best areas etc??

    The most interesting thing I've seen is a kangaroo too lol
    Except we had to drive 3 hours to see 1 lol
    Also..whats the second picture of?
         
        02-18-2009, 08:08 AM
      #37
    Weanling
    This was not on the trail, but I think it still counts. I was in the arena early one morning working with a spook at everything arabian and a deer came out of the woods and jump right into the arena! I don't think she had realized we were there, because she looked a little shocked when she looked over at us. The arabian did not even act like anything had happened. This is the same horse who would spook at his own shadow.

    When I used to exercise polo ponies in the early morning there was a bit of trail I would detour on to get to the field. I would see red fox a lot, at least once every two weeks.
         
        02-18-2009, 09:20 AM
      #38
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    Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
    Well funny story...was riding when I was a kid with a friend of mine new to the area (I'm in Northern NJ) and he was asking what kind of wildlife around here. And I said we have deer of course, some foxes, hawks, if you ride at nite you may see an owl or two, coyotes, and I hear there are bear but i've never seen one.

    He laughed and said sure, and lions and tigers....and bears....haha!

    Just as he said that it was like someone said "queue bear stage left" and out from the woods trots a juvenille black bear across the trail, stops, stands up and sniffs at us, then continues trotting across the trail back into the deep woods. Neither of our horses could have cared less, but the two of us were so dumbfounded we almost fell off our horses! He was like no....no way dude was that a wind up bear?! The timing was hysterical!
    Thats a cute story, you told it well
         
        02-18-2009, 11:39 AM
      #39
    Weanling
    I live near Valley Forge National Park and I ride over there quite often. There's not too many wild animals around there because people are there so often, but if you go back into areas that most people don't go to you can find some interesting animals. I personally have run into quite a few foxes.

    The scariest things I've ran into, however, have been while I was down in Virginia for the summer. The barn that I ride at down there has an outdoor arena up near the top of the mountain that the farm is on and one end of it runs up against an area of woods that you can't really get to. One time when I was riding up there my horse was really really nervous and I couldn't figure out why. Then I got over onto that corner and he full out spooked like REALLY spooked so I glanced into to woods to see a mountain lion standing there looking at us. Needless to say I went back down to the indoor. Lol. I've also seen a few snakes in to indoor ring there, most of them not poisonus. The other scariest thing I've seen was out on the trails we ran into a racoon that either had rabies or dementia which was pretty **** scary. We ended up having to call animal control.
         
        02-18-2009, 01:24 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    What was the racoon doing?
    We had to kill a coon just a while back, it had gotten into the dogs stall (jack russels) and tore their faces up pritty bad. I saw all the blood and was like looking around in the stall, looking by the dogloos and stuff. So I just went on feeding the horses, went to put the feed cart away and there were two green eyes looking out of the igloo, that I had just looked into and was inches away from it. And there he was a big young racoon.
    I then called the BO and she came out got the shovel to chase it out but the dogs whent after it again... So we had to kill it. That's when I decided I should join the gun club and get registered.
         

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