We have always had seldom cougars here. Normally, they are too scared to bother with people. They don't mess with livestock unless food is short. We have deers by the dozen, rabbits, coyotes, whatever else they eat.
My old mare was being kept at a friend's pasture with a weaned foal. Sadly, a mountain lion did attack the foal and kill it. As normal citizens however, we are NOT allowed to kill these cats. If they are a proven threat to livestock, like in this case, the sheriff's department comes in and baits a trap, and they get relocated. It's illegal here to hunt and kill them.
But the cats patrol a radius of up to 12 miles they say. So, normally after they kill something, they leave off somewhere esle, as they never caught the cat who got the foal. (sorry, off topic)
Back to the PO original post:
I was riding an old mare appy and my friend was riding her younger appaloosa. We were calmy walking along, rustling branches, running water, nothing bothered this old horse. Then, my friend's mare sneezed and farted at the same time.
I guess ol Magic thought the world was going to end. She lunged forward, scared to death, now, of course, my friend's horse wasn't scared becuase, well, she was the one that did it. But, when my mare took off, you better believe that she thought something was about to eat her alive.
After everything was clamed down, we all shared a good laugh about Magic, and how that was the only thing that got to her on the trails that day.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown