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kaz

Why don't horses like............

Why don't horses like pigs?

We have put the horses into the paddock next to the pigs today - Jazz can see the pigs from her stable but still leapt back onto my toe as I led her in

Bella, the placid coloured who's only aim in life is food, totally suprised me with her reaction - shock, horror  she tried to back out of the field at 90 miles an hour.

Currently the horses are grazing as far away from the pigs as possible with snorts, rears and prances around the field every time the pigs move

(It doesn't help that Pru is in season and the pigs are rather active at the moment )
ClaireK

I was told it was an inherited thing from when they were used to hunt wild boar but not sure how true that is.

My old horse used to literally turn to stone when he saw one and no amount of kicking would make him move.

Claire
Lorrainelovesplants

They dont like camels or bees either.
dtalbot

Or carrier bags!
Seabird

dtalbot wrote:
Or carrier bags!


or killer daffodils or walkers wearing woolly hats - my old horse appointed himself the fashion police  

When I was looking for a horse I once went to see a mare who was  actually very attached to a large boar. TOO attached, she had a hissy fit as soon as she lost sight of him. Needless to say I didn't buy her.
Netty

I was always told it was because the wild boar was one of its preditors and they still have a natural fear of them.
sapphire

My old girl would snort & bolt if she even smelt pigs. At a show one day she sniffed a bacon roll & flew off up the showfield  
12Bore

sapphire wrote:
My old girl would snort & bolt if she even smelt pigs. At a show one day she sniffed a bacon roll & flew off up the showfield  

You'd have thought that she would have been pleased!
sapphire

12Bore wrote:
sapphire wrote:
My old girl would snort & bolt if she even smelt pigs. At a show one day she sniffed a bacon roll & flew off up the showfield  

You'd have thought that she would have been pleased!



  I was pleased she didnt eat it (my other one would have), all the more for me  
flipance

Netty wrote:
I was always told it was because the wild boar was one of its preditors and they still have a natural fear of them.

Quite right, boars were not preditors of horses, but if cornered by a horse, they would easily kill one, so horses have an ingrained fear of them.
kaz

The horses don't mind grazing in the field with a fence between them now but when one piglet wandered into their field when we were herding them into the farmyard Jazz was NOT amused and was trying to double barrel the piglet
debbie

my two don't particularly mind the pigs at all but are not too sure about piglets - unfortunately Alfie spatch cocked on piglet when it got into his field.  Cows now, thats another matter, Georgie Girl hates them - I think it stems from when we first moved down here and we were riding across the moor and a calf came over and tried to suckle from her for some reason best known to itself - hissy fit or what!  Also scary are:  push bikes but not motor bikes, horses pulling a cart, horse being led by a person riding a horse, carrier bags and large square bales of hayledge wraped in black plastic but not round ones
Captain_Dingbat

Once on a trec event, we had to pass a huge field of pigs....horse went nuclear....so as no one was around and horse had medicine boots on...we sorta galloped past them!  
Northern Lass

I've always been told it's the smell - but I don't think it is, or at least not always.

At one time I had a Suffolk Punch mare who kept a big Gloucester Old Spot sow in order with no more than a firm look when required. At the same time my sister's ID cross would be rooted to the spot with her eyes out on stalks when she saw a pig, but didn't mind the smell. The mini Shetland stallion I had at that time hated pigs and would chase them out of the field if he could, but his cousin, who was a gelding, didn't give a hoot and just ignored them.


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