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Horses Having Heart Attacks Over Sheep
Posted 02 August 2005 - 09:50 AM

Debbie - I don't know what it is about sheep, particularly the "big, fluffy" ones but our two Thoroughbreds are terrified of them.

We ride past a couple of places with sheep. The one flock, which is a group that belongs to a hand-spinner and are heavily-wooled, just puts both horses into dead-stop, won't move, "I want to go home now" mode.


The other flock of sheep, which are smaller in general and less-wooly, provide hardly any reaction after the horses have seen them once or twice, even when they get in the road and run away from the horses.

I do think that, with some time, the horses will get over it.


Posted 02 August 2005 - 10:23 AM


We have a horse that lives with our sheep. He moved in with them when his companion died.

He was kept next to them for about a month before he moved in with them. We did have a lamb get kicked at first, but no problems after that. Red had been pining for Bonita, so that is probably part of the reson that he took to the sheep.

He watches over them now, and doesn't like to seperated from them. In fact, the first black lamb that we had in our flock was terrorized until he was two months old by Red who must have thought the lamb was a intruder. Subsequent black sheep/lambs have had no trouble.

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