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

January 11, 2011


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Posted by PicasaThis is a picture of my Border Collie's hip. After 5 years of harassing the horses (read: trying to make them go where they don't want to go), and 36 kicks, plus a stabbing by the front feet of Tucker, one of the horses finally got his teeth on him.

Boots is stone deaf as a result of the kicks, so probably didn't hear the horse coming. By the looks of it, the horse grabbed him and shook him. The bald patch is about 4 inches in diameter. Other than the big blood blister, no damage was done.

All the moisure in the hair was melting snow.

I say "ouch" 'cause Biz got her teeth on me, just above the belt shortly after we got her. She didn't do it again! She got elbowed hard in the neck within the 3 second time allowed. Beyond 3 seconds, horses apparently don't know why they were punished.

I suspect the herbivore turned carnivore was likely Tucker as she has a short fuse when it comes to annoying type dogs.
Posted by Picasa They do look innocent, don't they?
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Farmchick said...

That does look like a bad spot! Am surprised, being the owner of a Border Collie, that the dog was slow enough for the horse to get in a bite.

peihome said...

Oh my! That looks very painful.

You'll know who the culprit is if Boots is avoid a particular horse!

Our ram pinned Ruby against the wall last summer - she was not impressed!

texwisgirl said...

Oh poor baby!!! Mine go after the horses too and have been lucky to only get swiped by the hooves - not enough to break bones. But I always worry. Poor deaf sweetheart!

Cathy M. said...

Poor thing. Horses can be real bullies can't they?

Starry Dawn said...

I am following your posts, Ian.
I hope all goes well with all of you.
The Winter there has been too hard, I guess.
Boots is a very beautiful and lovely dog.
I feel sorry for what has happened to him.
He is a very cute baby. I pray for his complete healings. Have you taken him to the Veterinarian for his health care, Ian??
If he is deaf and has been hurt so many times, maybe, he should retire with his activities with the horses, and spend a more peaceful kind of life in your home. Please, give him a big hug from me, and tell your dog that I am praying for him for his complete recovery from my corner of the world.
God bless you, your family and all your lovely animals!! Take good care of them, Ian.
I hope the weather gets better for you all.
All the Best,

Child of God said...

Ouch! Looks painful. I have a horse that is mostly blind and when anything sneaks up on her the first reaction is to squeal and kick like she has been bit by a swarm of bees! Anything within reach of her hooves goes flying.
I have a boarder collie that likes to harress the horses but she stays at a safe distance. :)

I will pray for your dog!
God Bless,

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

I was in a public petting zoo once and admiring a shetland pony. I sweat that creature looked left and right to make sure no one saw and then she bit me on the thigh.
I had huge teeth scrape marks across my whole leg but the skin wasn't broken. So I didn't tell on her ;)