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post #1 of 29 Old 04-02-2011, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Horse-Eating Llamas are out there!!!

I took Citrus on a trail ride today- the weather was perfect. I cued him for a nice canter and we went all the way around the lake... he loves trail riding because he is a curious horse and so looking at things is wonderful for him.... that is until we came over the crest of a hill and saw.....

HORSE EATING LLAMAS!!!!!! There were three and they looked viscious with their white fur and long necks.... Citrus put his head as far up as it would go, lifted his tail and did this enormously forceful snort to try and scare them away... when that did not work, he started to canter towards them. Now I did not like that idea, because he clearly was telling me those animals were going to eat him if given the chance....

I got off and walked him away from them and he kept doing that scream snort and dancing to see them.... I was not a fan because he is not a horse who is easily spooked. I walked him home, figuring that since I could not get his mind off the horse eating llamas, that safety was a good idea.

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post #2 of 29 Old 04-02-2011, 04:24 PM
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Oh.... aren't those moments priceless? My old Arab does that except he's completely convinced around EVERY corner there will be a killer animal waiting for him. So around every tree it's a planted all four feet stop and then trotting on like "Oh... Ok... just kidding!... TREE! There is a monster I know this! Don't you see it?! Don't you see?!? Oh... just kidding..."
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That is a good quote... it was a good reminder for me today that my normally calm horse can lose his mind... but that snort/scream was pricless- Just another thing about him that I love :)

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I was at a trailhead one day. In pulled a smaller pickup with an old travel trailer behind it. The folks got out of the car and walked back to the trailer and opened the door. Out piled 5 Llamas. Turns out they had gutted the trailer and were using it to haul Llamas.

My horses delt with that. They knew it was strange to see animals come out of a little door on a travel trailer, but they coped with it.
I've frequently passed hikers leading llamas on forest service trails. So I've always taken the opportunity to make my horses stand close by.

The one animal that really freaked out my horses was a fellow that unloaded a camel out of a horse trailer. My horses knew that animal must have been shot with radiation or something to be that deformed.
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post #5 of 29 Old 04-02-2011, 07:05 PM
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LOL a radiation camel! LOL Horses are funny. My cousin's horse will stop and look at ANY thing that he deems is off kilter and it could be a tree, or good grief, a boat in the water nearly gives him a nervous breakdown. Elan is hilarious with his "did you see that?" reactions.

Your horse must have given you a good laugh today with the snort scream!

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post #6 of 29 Old 04-02-2011, 07:37 PM
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My first horse was terrified of Llamas. My dad's horse could frankly have cared less, but my horse had a cow every time we had to trail ride by a llama, or a peacock. Made for some interesting trail rides. He was fine with everything else, didn't spook easily, but of course llama's eat horses doncha know. My Thoroughbred loved the bucking bulls, and the calves, but get her around the roping steers, and she about had a cow with the horn covers. Apparently horns aren't supposed to look that weird, yet the bucking bulls were just fine. It was honestly slightly embarrassing to be at the rodeo grounds, working my horse, getting her used to the sights and smells, have her walk up to the bucking bulls and say hi, but then snort and flag her tail, and spin in circles when confronted with the roping steers. I swear all the cowhands were sitting on their horses laughing at me and my "crazy" Thoroughbred. At least I could confidently say she would never make a good rope horse lol. Its amazing the things they decide are horse killers. I got my Arabian out for the first time in 2 weeks since the rain has finally stopped, and she freaked out over a pile of perfectly good hay in the middle of the walkway. Snorting, tail flagging, bug eyes, all over a stupid pile of hay, and apparently she's done the same thing in the pasture at feeding time, she'll snort at a pile of hay until one of the other horses goes to eat from the pile. I'm mildly embarrassed to say that she's mine lol.
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I was not aware that llamas ate horses, but now that I know, I will heed the warning... too bad because they are sort of cute. I am going to walk my horse over there some day and let him see them. He always warms up to things after he sees them up close- even side by side loading trailers.....

That is cute that your horse snorts at hay... they are all different and perfect in their own way :)

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post #8 of 29 Old 04-02-2011, 10:32 PM
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I just wanted to say that you guys are hysterical! It should certainly be interesting when I take my OTTB on our first trail ride, can't wait to see what she thinks will eat her!
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We haven't come across any horse eating llamas on our rides. But Mr. Big sometimes finds horse eating deer. Some deer are harmless and he either ignors them or just watches them with curiousity. But every now and then . . . !!!

We also had a horse eating black lab come around a corner once. The black lab's person was a very attractive young lady out hiking in the snow--in running shoes, shorts, jersey and a 9mm automatic on her waist. Kind of incongruous! But she was friendly enough and very sorry that her horse eating lab caused Mr. Big to dump me in the snow. I thought it was kind of humorous!

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post #10 of 29 Old 04-03-2011, 01:28 PM
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Lol, don't mind the gun, just run from the dog^^

Funny, funny stories. Emma will walk along highways and beside llamas and cows, but heaven forbid, the other day there were orange flags flying in the breeze that wanted to attack her, she 'bout had a heart attack. My arab is the same way- she's pretty good on trails, but water/puddles/lakes/ponds are going to suck her into a black hole.
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