...sorry, I meant Fizzy!
Black bears are common in the less populated areas of New England. I only saw one last year (they are quite shy), but the year before Brooke and I encountered several. Brooke is okay with anything that runs away from her, so it hasn't been much of an event. What I really do not want to encounter is a moose.Those guys are much more aggressive than bears.
Porcupines do not shoot out their quills. The quills are loosely attached and come off if they are touched.This summer there was a porky that would apparently amble around under the car at night, leaving a few quills as a souvenir.So far whenever I've seen a bear here, they've all been off in the distance, so I've never managed to snap a picture. In this case, I'm just fine with that! The horses definitely don't like them and get really snorty and on alert when they cross around the pastures.
I agree on hoping never to meet a moose while riding. They apparently used to be abundant in the woods around our house because of the wetlands around the beaver ponds, but that was years ago, before we moved in. There is a nature preserve a little way up the road, and it seems they've mostly moved over there, which is probably for the best as there is less traffic.
Seeing a javelina on horseback?! Eek!!
The only other exciting wildlife I've seen while riding was a huge porcupine that ran up a tree when it saw us coming down the trail. I worried about going under it and having it shoot out its quills, but apparently that's really not a concern unless you're up close to it.
Funny how the one universal issue we all have is badly behaved loose dogs...
That's exactly what M said- she was laughing and saying she trusts Fizz's instincts way more than Coalie's. That's the problem with a horse that's generally pretty agreeable I guess- they are willing to listen to their person more than themselves. I believe she referred to him as a "big, goofy dumb-dumb" :rofl: But he really did get them out of that "sticky" situation, even if he didn't know to avoid it in the first place.I’m surprised he willingly stepped in so easily.
I can imagine it would be quite a problem to be a cow-scared horse in your family @Knave! I do often think of your stories when I'm jumping off yet again to pass a cow, and being amazed that some horses are born ready to boss cows around and some just want to turn and run.Lots of horses are scared of cows. Some learn to tolerate it, but they never seem to completely overcome it. My parents have two currently and one past that were scared of them. They aren’t terrible, but they don’t get ridden much because it’s always an issue and obviously a pressing one for us. Lol