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I think wild pigs have done my horse in, any thoughts

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  • LOl...No Reese...not my animals, my neighbor has a Belgian Mule that will catch and munch on small snakes once in a while. I find it hilarious, if a little odd looking.
    Giddy-up...they are creepy looking, aren't they? This is one of the few animals that can be as creepy in personality as they are in looks too.
    And's illegal in all states to feed or protect any non-native animals as they're considered destructive pests. These are more destructive than average...just their lifestyles cause all sorts of issues with their rooting and wallowing. They eat enormous amounts of high fatty natural foods, depriving native animals of calories they need to survive. They have a much higher successful birth rate and more of their young reach adulthood, overpopulating areas and removing natural food sources for animals that are supposed to be there. Like the silver carp in the Mississippi many states they're considered a "shoot on sight" animal and most states have organized hunts trying to erradicate them. They multiply too fast, they can be dangerous to have around, they're next to impossible to contain and they destroy ecosystems.
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!


    • Well, then, can't the pig-feeding neighbor be turned in for encouraging the beasts? Should be easy to catch them in the act. Or maybe have someone from the DNR visit them and explain to them the error of their ways?

      Be better if the pigs ate THEM. Morons.


      • I told dh about this thread last night, and he asked if I remembered the pig shoot here a couple of years ago. Which I must have blocked out of my mind - maybe that was back when I too thought "pigs? Babe? Stupid excuse to enjoy a hunt?"

        Apparently the pigs were getting totally out of hand and doing some major damage JUST UP THE FLIPPING VALLEY from us. A bunch of the ranchers planned a massive "pig shoot" weekend or two. DH and one of his friends from the city planned to join it, but had to miss the opening shoot. Turned out the ranchers & friends hit the "pig" areas in force, and elminated a lot in just a few days, so dh missed the boat.

        Knowing pigs are in my large county is one thing: but in our valley? Likelihood of a close encounter just went up a notch. Thanks for the thread - thinking this through is helpful. The fear factor alone would have unseated me on a ride; at least I won't be out there thinking "what is that really funky smell, let's check it out...".


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          Well the ponying seems to be working for my guy. His frist trip around the farm, as we approached the area where I had most suspected he would have encountered them, he became more and more anxious, until he had a blow up. I sat on the horse I was riding (insert the thank god for drat cross icon here) who stood placidly while my guy, basically lunged around him at a hysterical trot and Pepe le pew Canter for 15 minutes.

          You could see it slowly dawn on him that the other two horses he was with were staring at him like, "what?" and he slowed and slowed and slowed, until he was standing there quaking. We kept going, ponied all over the place, crossing our tracks over the DOOM SPOT 3 or 4 more times. Byt the last trip, he was still snorting, but otherwise very calm. Last night and this morning, he seemed back to his old self in the field, to lead and to go out, and his pony session today was very, joyfully, boring. Only a little snorting, otherwise as quiet and can be.

          BTW, the horse I was ponying him off of, and the other horse with us were 4-year-olds. I told Sam, who is 11, he should have been embaressed, but I suspect he would have said they were too young and dumb to know better.

          As far dealing with the pig issue, I ams still takling to fish and game. Will keep you posted on what occurs.
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          • I am following this to see 1.) what the miracle answer for you will be, and 2.) how the training you are doing is going. Sounds like the impromptu training you are having to do will be paying off in other ways along the way, as in trail, and the scary things we see on the roads. Way to go!
            "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



            • Oh, my God! I'm in Washington and have NEVER seen anything like those pictures. They look like something out of a horror movie! He's probably freakin' out..I would be. Poor guy. I have no advice but Run like heck if you see one!
              When two hearts race, both win.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by Chief2 View Post
                I am following this to see 1.) what the miracle answer for you will be, and 2.) how the training you are doing is going. Sounds like the impromptu training you are having to do will be paying off in other ways along the way, as in trail, and the scary things we see on the roads. Way to go!

                Thanks for the kind words, but you know the irony here is that I knew something was really wrong when he wouldn't hack out on the trail. He's always been a tricky ride in the ring, so when I had a bad day in the ring I wasn't overly fussed, but it was when he absolutely refused to go out on the trail I knew something terrible was going on. At one point I was so horrified by his behavior on the trail, I actually thought, "Oh, my God I wonder if he's going blind." Now I feel pretty confident that he was just trying to tell me that MONSTERS were on the loose.

                I'm going to try to ride him tomorrow and see what happens. Cross your fingers.
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                • Originally posted by Beasmom View Post
                  Hmmm, forgot about Hannibal. Howdja get the italics, BTW?
                  [ i ] remove the spaces between the brackets and the contents and you have the codes to turn italics on and off [ /i ]

                  [ b ] same with bold [ /b ]

                  Too bad there's no [pigs] code to get rid of the beasts [/pigs].
                  Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
                  "When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother


                  • ---"I'm going to try to ride him tomorrow and see what happens. Cross your fingers."---

                    Is someone going out with you? If not, how about ponying a little more first?


                    • Original Poster

                      No worries, tomorrow's goal is a quiet WTC in the ring, with company. If we achieve that, then we'll do that and ponying for several more days (or as long as he needs, which ever comes first). I'm neither that brave or that stupid.
                      Phoenix Farm ~ Breeding-Training-Sales
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                      • MistyBlue- sorry, didn't catch the part about it being your neighbor's mule... but still, I've never heard of anything like that!! Is that a normal thing for Belgian Mules? Or mules of any variety?

                        I would love to see a picture of that, it sounds hilarious (although I still maintain that it's gross!)
                        Originally posted by Martha Drum
                        ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.


                        • Reese, I have no idea if that's common for mules. I've never had a mule...I've seen goats pick up and play with small snakes...I don't think I've ever seen a goat eat one though.
                          I just thought it was weird as heck and hilarious seeing a great big adorable mule walking arouond all relaxed munching with the tail of a garter snake hanging out of it's mouth. The owner ran over and yanked the snake out of his mouth and griped that she has to watch him because he does that once in a while. Maybe it's just her mule, I dunno.
                          You jump in the saddle,
                          Hold onto the bridle!
                          Jump in the line!