Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
Seconds count when you are confronted with a animal meaning to take you down.
I've seen quite a few wild animals out riding and never felt threatened by ANY of them. Could it happen, sure. But I'm much more likely to die of cancer or a car wreck. I think the risk of wild animals is wayyyyyyyyy over-rated.
You've never ran up on wild hogs have you? They don't take a lot of time to threat assess - they have horrible vision, but excellent sense of sight and smell - and if they think you're there to threaten them or their piglets, they'll attack first, ask questions later. They're getting brave enough to kill people in their own front yards now and I've had a boar square off with me and Trigger on the trail. I was really wishing I'd taken my husband's advice and carried my shotgun that day.
When my husband rides with me, he brings his Judge pistol. He wants me to start riding with my 12 gauge loaded with slugs - specifically for hogs.
In my area, both the ranch workers aka cowboys, and the trail riders, are usually carrying, simply because of the hogs. Big predators like coyotes, big cats like mountain lions, and bears are still too shy and in too few a number to jump a horse and rider. Hogs are a whole 'nuther story.
Aside from that... the ladies I ride with are always packing. I have my 12 gauge in my trailer... because we're not going to be attacked by anyone, or anything, in camp or on the trail without some serious retaliation. I'd rather have it with me and not need it, than need it and not have it.