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post #1 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Horses running scared around paddock?

So this morning was quite interesting...went out to feed like normal, my two horses are literally galloping around the paddock, heads held high. Then they'd stop at stare into the distance. My adjoining grass paddocks were closed off...well Jax decided to ram into the gates to try and run through them. He successfully tore down a small section of my old wood fence in doing so. I finally caught them and brought them in, checked over and they look to be fine...they settled enough to eat:

What's weird is the mini and goats are just carrying on with life as usual while the other two are flipping out! I texted my neighbor to see if everything's alright with her horse. I just can't see any reason for why they're acting like this. They still are some but I have to start working...luckily I work from home so I'm going to be checking in often on them.

Any ideas what could make horses so scared to be running around madly around their paddock?
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 10:00 AM
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What kind of wild life is in your area? Around here, moose tend to set them off, more so than coyotes. If you have bears that could be one.
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post #3 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Coyotes maybe, doubtful any bears, I'm pretty close to road/highway and kinda one of few small farms in a housing area. I've only ever seen deer really.
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post #4 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 10:16 AM
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We've had this happen down at the barn where my horse is and all we can attest it to is there's some terrifying leaf monster.
I would imagine if it were any real threat the goats would have been spooked too.

Have you checked the surrounding perimeter of the paddock? There could potentially be an animal in distress or a plastic bag stuck somewhere.

Hope everything checks out!
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post #5 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 10:17 AM
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or could anyone nearby be doing target practice, fire crackers, running something through the bush that you didn't hear?

We had neighbours at one barn that would go shooting their guns. I don't know of they had terrible aim or were just jerks because thses bullets would go flying off their property and soars over the pastures. They'd even hit some of the trees and bush that was in the pastures. Horses would go nuts. Even the calmest were spinning and running. Took a bit to figure out what the problem was as all you could hear was a whirling as they went overhead. Called the rcmp on them multiple times.
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 10:33 AM
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Agree that a predator would set the goats off too. My horses do this whenever my neighbor gets in a new set of calves. Go figure. It also could be there is a crazy new smell coming down the wind. Goats tend to settle down a lot faster than horses so they may have already decided it was no threat by the time you got out there.

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post #7 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Well what's weird is they've been around gun shots and fire crackers tons and that's never set them off before. They're honestly pretty chill horses, not much spooks them on the trail either. That's why this is so odd for them! When I'm done grooming my morning dog I'll try walking the perimeter though.
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post #8 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 11:49 AM
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Well what's weird is they've been around gun shots and fire crackers tons and that's never set them off before. They're honestly pretty chill horses, not much spooks them on the trail either. That's why this is so odd for them! When I'm done grooming my morning dog I'll try walking the perimeter though.
Sasquash maybe lol .
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post #9 of 19 Old 06-28-2016, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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lol RIGHT? I called my neighbor, she said he horse is fine and in his stall. Really the only thing "off" about this morning is that it appears the middle stand of my electric fence in on of my fields snapped off? Not sure if that would be enough to set them off or not. They've finally calmed back down though. I mean neighbor had her bird out and t was screaming bloody murder....but thats honestly a normal thing, they hear it every day lol!
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Glad to hear they have calmed down. It was probably just your every day Sasquatch.
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