Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

October 27, 2010

Our Visitor

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I was out back stoking up a good fire in our crusher cone fire pit trying to get a 15 gallon barrel of water up near boiling point when I saw Tucker's ears go up, Boom's ears go up and all three go into startle mode and high tail it to the lower pasture. I figured there was a moose close by, so I snuck up to the hay shelter and sure enough there he was, a young bull. I was very happy not to be on any of the horses! I am not sure how to desensitize a horse to the presence of a moose. I know how to do it with other scary stuff, but a moose is too big to rub all over the horse. Besides, the horse would be long gone!

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texwisgirl said...

Oh wow!!! That WOULD be an intimidating sight (on horse or not!) Didn't know horses are naturally frightened of moose, although I'd understand why a bull moose would frighten them (or a human, for that matter)!

How do your dogs react?

peihome said...

That's so cool!

erm ... what's with the white stuff? lol

Gregg said...

My wife once bailed out of the passenger's side door of my Chevy Silverado at approximately 25 miles per hour because she spotted a bull moose with a full rack in a creek we were crossing outside of Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone to get a photograph. Fortunately she was hurt, my heart slowed back to normal and she got some great shots for our vacation photo album. I never knew she had it in her to bail out of a moving truck.

Having said that, a moose, particularly a male moose is a most majestic creature to look at.

Karen said...

I didn't know that horses were afraid of moose. But I know I would be.

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Julia said...

Those snow kissed trees are so beautiful! It sure changes fast up there. Startling fast. I thought that picture was of a person but NO. Definitely moose.