Horrific Loss...How the Heck do I cope? What do I tell my son?! (graphic descrip) - Page 12 - The Horse Forum
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post #111 of 131 Old 08-28-2013, 03:37 PM
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Well, at the risk of sounding callous or uncaring....you do have one less equine than you had before. I'd lightly pressure hubby to at least consider a donkey or a mule (they can both be ridden/driven too), though stay away from the minis.

They can and will defend your property (and your animals) with a vengeance.

Just as an example, even though the cougar was already dead, most equines would shy away and refuse to approach it due to the strong smell of predator and the smell of blood, but this mule proceeded to attack the body anyway.






And as you can see there are two dogs in the background of the first pic, which the mule ignored and only went after the predator.
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post #112 of 131 Old 08-28-2013, 03:39 PM
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Great Pyrenees rescue groups often have working dogs available. That route might be a better option for you then getting a pup from a breeder.
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post #113 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I would love a mule! Given genetics, do a majority seem to maintain the same anti-predator drive?

My husband likes the rescue idea with respect to the dog. As we get older, puppies seem more pita than awesome! We will be keeping an eye out. Thanks for the tip!

Does it make me a bad person to root for that mule in those pics? "Yeah! good for you, Mr Mule! Show that (dead) cat who's boss!"

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post #114 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 09:41 AM
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Does it make me a bad person to root for that mule in those pics? "Yeah! good for you, Mr Mule! Show that (dead) cat who's boss!"
Nope. I was thinking the same thing.

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post #115 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 10:09 AM
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I would love a mule! Given genetics, do a majority seem to maintain the same anti-predator drive?

Does it make me a bad person to root for that mule in those pics? "Yeah! good for you, Mr Mule! Show that (dead) cat who's boss!"
Yes, the majority of them maintain the protective drive of the donkey parent. LOL, I've got a young mule in my barn right now that will charge the fence if one of my dogs even gets close to it.

Nope, not a bad person at all, I was doing the same thing LOL.
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post #116 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 11:18 AM
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Yes, the majority of them maintain the protective drive of the donkey parent. LOL, I've got a young mule in my barn right now that will charge the fence if one of my dogs even gets close to it.

Nope, not a bad person at all, I was doing the same thing LOL.
My now deceased mule would get all dogs, mine included, when he could.
He would also get cats, goats, etc. He did mellow out in his old age but before that....you had to watch him.

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post #117 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! I posted an ad on craigslist with Pumpkins story and a warning about loose dogs....and I have already gotten one email from a lady who says her mini was killed THE SAME WAY, and that she is scared to be in her yard because the dog still lives next door, has killed other dogs etc, AC won't step in...and her she is scared to so anything for her safety because her neighbors may REACT.

I wonder how many local people have had this happen???

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post #118 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 02:29 PM
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Wow! I posted an ad on craigslist with Pumpkins story and a warning about loose dogs....and I have already gotten one email from a lady who says her mini was killed THE SAME WAY, and that she is scared to be in her yard because the dog still lives next door, has killed other dogs etc, AC won't step in...and her she is scared to so anything for her safety because her neighbors may REACT.

I wonder how many local people have had this happen???
I'm going to guess that none with guns and a willingness to use them have had this happen, or at least not more than once. Around here loose dogs do not live long, the cattlemen will shoot them in a heartbeat.

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post #119 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to guess that none with guns and a willingness to use them have had this happen, or at least not more than once. Around here loose dogs do not live long, the cattlemen will shoot them in a heartbeat.
Its illegal to shoot it if its not in your yard, so said AC. :(

So theres a narrow window there between hearing a noise, reacting, seeing the scene and shooting the perpetrator. And thats if your gun is loaded and ready. So if you miss the window, dead pony and dog running home to kill another day. :(

Sad thing is, hubby had gone outside when the puppies went nuts that morning, and he didntsee anything. He qualifies expert and can probably shoot the wings off a fly. :(

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post #120 of 131 Old 08-29-2013, 02:58 PM
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I am soo sorry to hear this. That's terrible! :( :(

I really hope that they either put this dog down or get him the heck away from you and your horses!!!!

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