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post #61 of 64 Old 01-09-2011, 06:42 PM
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This past fall, a friend and I were riding along a local farmer's soybean field. The rain had been good the week before, and the plants had grown fairly tall. As we were riding along, a buck popped his head up out of the soybean plants to stare at us, stock-still just 20 feet away from where we were riding. I saw him first, stopped, and pointed him out to my friend. We had a staring contest with this deer head in the field....trying to figure out why he wasn't moving AT ALL. We actually toyed with the idea that perhaps it was the head of a hunter's kill that he put on a stick in the field. After about one minute of staring, he turned away from us and bounded off. Just as we were commenting on how strange this had looked, a doe popped her head out of the field in the same spot, giving us a second staring contest! After seeing her, we were pretty certain that we had caught these two "in the act!"
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post #62 of 64 Old 01-18-2011, 06:19 PM
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I have had many odd trail riding experiences, I have rode on a glacier, topped Alaskan mountians, but I think the oddest trail I have been on was up a trail so steep we had to get off our horses and let them help us up by hanging on to the horses tails.
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post #63 of 64 Old 01-18-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I've encountered two large herds of deer this winter, riding on some of the mesas here in CO...it's kind of cool, because where I grew up in MN, you wouldn't see more than 3-4 deer at a time...but these are herds of 15-30 deer in one place!! It's pretty neat...they aren't really afraid either, and most just look up and watch as we pass by. Some will bound off a few hundred feet, and then turn and look, but other than that they aren't scared.

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post #64 of 64 Old 01-31-2011, 10:20 PM
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I can't read all these stories without remembering what happened to me one day - this would be in the late '70s, so I must admit some of the details are hazy, but I know EXACTLY where it happened and still have the picture in my mind:

I was riding by myself (as usual) one day in the woods near my home in northern NH and a fawn came running up to me - so young it still had spots. It didn't just happen by, it was running straight at me, and all I could think (and still do) was that it thought my horse was its mommy! It really seemed to have that "oh, there you are, at last I've found you" body language.

Especially since, when it got close enough to really see us, it put on the brakes, stared a moment, then turned and high-tailed it out of there!!

Every time I think back to that (and I still occasionally do) I end with the thought that I HOPE it found its mother, that they didn't get separated for good just because this fawn didn't do as it was told and stay put.

I did have one other fawn encounter. In 1997 or so I had my horse (same horse, my one and only, who I got in 1975 age 7 and put down in 1998 age 31) in Dutchess County NY and was riding with a couple others when I came upon a younger fawn nestled in the high grass, obviously left there by Mom as she went off to do her thing (as deer do). Very cute. But not as memorable as the first.

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