Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
This isn't a funny, cute story anymore unfortunately... The caribou somehow (we have NO idea how) managed to get into the pasture with the horses this morning. A man walking his dog by the field noticed him in there and that the horses were running away frantically and he got in contact with my BO and the Wildlife guys right away. (Wildlife was called yesterday but had been planning to wait until this afternoon because they didn't think it was an emergency.)
A couple horses were hurt. Apparently the caribou tried to mount one of the mares who was in heat and she kicked out at him, and he gouged her rear leg with his antlers. It's pretty bad, down to the bone. It's bandaged and vet is out working on it. Our lead horse (bless his soul) stood up to him and tried to fight him off and got a bit of damage as well, but nothing serious. I guess he managed to chase him away for the time being since he was not around when the BO got there.
When I got there I was in shock. The horses are all matted in sweat and very spooky. I took my mare to the fence to check her over and she was snorting and dancing the whole time. (She's okay, but scared.)
Wildlife asked for the area to be cleared so they can find the caribou more easily. The plan is to move the horses up the road to the field directly behind my BO's house so they'll be under careful watch and away from where the caribou is. (They were going to be moved today anyway in anticipation of weather.) We have a hurricane coming in tomorrow which is adding to the stress on the horses.
Not a great situation. :(
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