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post #11 of 20 Old 11-25-2013, 02:10 PM
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I would just stick the horse in with a pig. My horse is scared of pigs too, but he doesn't really have an option to flip out. I don't give him the chance.

As for cows... He is scared of black and white cows. Very afraid. I brought him to my grandpa's house, where he has two cows which are brown.. And he was completely fine. He let the cows lick him and would stand quietly next to them. But as soon as he seen another black and white cow, he flipped
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post #12 of 20 Old 11-25-2013, 03:32 PM
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This thread makes me wonder if some of these horses are of the Jewish faith.
My people dont like pigs either. LOL Shalom
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Thanks for your input, everyone.

The pigs that we ride past are both sows, and they are huge (and pretty ugly, too. ). We put Luca on a paddock that was right next to the paddock of some pigs once, and he calmed down eventually. I tried riding him along the road that those pigs graze close to, and he freaked out again.

We can't get a pig, my parents absolutely hate them
Next time I ride past the pigs, I'll stop right next to them and wait until Luca relaxes. There's one problem, though. The pigs are right by the road, so if I stop, Luca stands right in the middle of the road. And it's a corner, too. I'll just stand him a bit further up the road, then, where the pig is still close but not AS close.

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post #14 of 20 Old 11-25-2013, 05:03 PM
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The barn where I used to board had a breeding farm at the way back of the property, and there was a pig that lived back there and occasionally had piglets. I'd occasionally ride with a couple of ladies back there, and every time we would turn the corner towards the back their horses would start being really looky.

Whenever we'd get about halfway towards the barn they would both stop and shout at me "Remember! THE PIG!!" as though I had somehow forgotten about its existence since our last ride together I'd just be like... oh yeah... and go back with them because they wouldn't go any farther. My guy wasn't particularly fond of that barn, but whether or not it was the fault of the pig was a different question. I could ride him by it, but he didn't like it and was constantly trying to look at it. Maybe because of the pig, maybe because he'd pick up on the anxiety of the other riders and their mares. It was bad enough that those two ladies wouldn't go near it, but they were mostly arena pleasure riders that probably didn't see any great need to fix the issue.
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post #15 of 20 Old 11-25-2013, 05:09 PM
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Quite a lot of horses are terrified of pigs... I think it's the smell. A huge amount of the horses I've had have been scared of them.
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post #16 of 20 Old 11-25-2013, 05:37 PM
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They used to say that most Irish horses didn't mind pigs because they were often kept with them on farms
I wonder if its because pigs are predators and will eat flesh - boars are really aggressive.
I wouldn't hold out too much hope of desensitizing a horse to pigs - we had a pony that was as bombproof as they come and rode past a field full of pigs almost every day for years but still hated them
The best you can do is teach your horse that being afraid of them is one thing but he has to listen to you and not leap away or try to bolt past
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post #17 of 20 Old 11-26-2013, 12:23 PM
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When my mare was first starting her career as a trail horse I used clicker training (without the clicker, just saying "good") on things that were scary to her. She really got into that and looked for things she thought would be worth a treat if she touched. We went to my friends who had a pot belly boar. I had to stop my mare she was so eager to touch him and win a treat! Very food oriented mare. :)

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post #18 of 20 Old 11-26-2013, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by KylieHuitema View Post
I would just stick the horse in with a pig. My horse is scared of pigs too, but he doesn't really have an option to flip out. I don't give him the chance.

As for cows... He is scared of black and white cows. Very afraid. I brought him to my grandpa's house, where he has two cows which are brown.. And he was completely fine. He let the cows lick him and would stand quietly next to them. But as soon as he seen another black and white cow, he flipped
Hmm... don't pigs have teeth and no problems eating meat? I've heard of pigs eating each other. I don't think I'd lock my horses up with a piggy. My luck things would go very bad.
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post #19 of 20 Old 11-27-2013, 05:25 AM
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It is perfectly natural for horses to be afraid of pigs. pigs will attack horses! that is a fact and not an excuse for them being bad mannered.

Some horses will get to accept them but. In agreement with Cherie, some will not and you can buy a pig and have it wandering around so the horses get use to it but, they will still react to strange pigs.

I use to clip a horse that was scarred from the outside of his knee to halfway up his shoulder where a sow had gored him. Another I know of was put down when a sow tucked him through the lower leg and severed the deep flexor tendon.
Both these were turned out in large acreage with a few pigs.

Instinct can be very strong and to us often seen as unreasonable. A local horse transporter came to take the horses from the riding school to a show. A girl led her pony up the ramp, on reaching the top he spun around, flattening the girl, and charged off. Neither of her sisters ponies would go into that horsebox. All three were the type that if you pointed them at a ramp they would enter without a leader.

I thought there had been pigs in the wagon but the driver said not. What he had carried and because the back was clean and he had not washed it out, was a lion for the local zoo.
Non of those horse had ever seen a lion but instinct was to flee from just the smell. It is much the same with some horses and pigs.
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post #20 of 20 Old 11-27-2013, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by KylieHuitema View Post
I would just stick the horse in with a pig.
I've kept pigs. They may look cute (to some...), but they are scared of nothing, they are brutally strong, they can move fast, and they will eat ANYTHING. Put your horse in with pigs if you want it dead.

- sorry, I know Foxhunter has already addressed this but I had to reiterate because this is important to know -

Apart from that, I can add that in Shropshire where I used to live there were a lot of pigs kept on the farms we rode past. We all 'got our horses used to them' sufficiently to ride past the pig pens without skittering across the road, and we did that through repeat repeat repeat of taking the horse past the smell, under control or in company or whatever was appropriate.

My mare was always snorty and aware when riding past pigs, but manageable. This was the stage most of the horses got to. Only one friend had a horse completely chilled about pigs and she had been kept in a field with pigs in the neighbouring field.

I once heard a lady on the radio tell about being chased by the wild boar in the New Forest while riding out with her horse. She and her horse were well used to riding in the forest, and the horse was accustomed to the smell of the boar. But on that day she had accidentally ridden into a copse and got between the mother boar and her litter. Whether her horse or her were the most scared I don't know but both woman and beast knew that they were fleeing for their lives.
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