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Simon Kirby
post May 22 2014, 07:11 PM
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A friend had to fend of a horse with a stick today as she tried to cross the field from Church Lane coming back towards Wash Common. There's a footpath across the field and this horse was kicking and bronking six feet from her and she was understandably very frightened. She described it as a "mad bloody stallion", though whether it was a stallion as such she couldn't be absolutely sure. It was a pretty dangerous experience and people have been badly injured in similar circumstances and she's really pretty upset that this can happen on a footpath.


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post May 22 2014, 10:39 PM
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I hope the woman was in a stable condition.


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post May 22 2014, 10:46 PM
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She OK, that's the mane thing.
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post May 23 2014, 04:43 AM
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Hay!!

This kind of joking is in poor, neigh, extremely poor, taste.
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post May 23 2014, 05:16 AM
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I've run out of original horse related puns.
I mustang out with the wrong people!
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post May 23 2014, 09:42 AM
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Yes, people round here just don't give a dam.
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post May 23 2014, 10:30 AM
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Yes lads, rein it in now. What if the shoe was on the other foot? I would definitely be hacked off.


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post May 23 2014, 10:56 AM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 23 2014, 11:30 AM) *
Yes lads, rein it in now. What if the shoe was on the other foot? I would definitely be hacked off.


I think you've nailed it!
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post May 23 2014, 11:25 AM
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ May 22 2014, 08:11 PM) *
A friend had to fend of a horse with a stick today as she tried to cross the field from Church Lane coming back towards Wash Common. There's a footpath across the field and this horse was kicking and bronking six feet from her and she was understandably very frightened. She described it as a "mad bloody stallion", though whether it was a stallion as such she couldn't be absolutely sure. It was a pretty dangerous experience and people have been badly injured in similar circumstances and she's really pretty upset that this can happen on a footpath.


To add a serious note for a moment.

It is an offence for a landowner to have any dangerous animal in a field with a PROW. It should be reported to the Council (Environment).

It is usually fairly obvious if it is a stallion..... wink.gif
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post May 23 2014, 12:09 PM
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What?..Like err, it has,sort of, 5 legs umm.
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post May 23 2014, 06:02 PM
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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ May 23 2014, 12:25 PM) *
To add a serious note for a moment.

It is an offence for a landowner to have any dangerous animal in a field with a PROW. It should be reported to the Council (Environment).

It is usually fairly obvious if it is a stallion..... wink.gif

Thanks for that Berkshirelad. It was a worrying and upsetting experience. If you're not accustomed to it then noticing if a horse has testicles, especially one that's pronking in front of you, is not the simplest thing in the world. I only mentioned it because I'd have expected a stallion to be aggressive (and really wouldn't have expected to find one on a footpath), though wouldn't necessarily have expected a gelding to be dangerous - but then I don't understand horses at all and they all scare me.


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post May 23 2014, 06:40 PM
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Cattle are the worst for this. I have been charged at several times by a herd. I now won't go through a field of cattle with my dog. I just take the adjacent field/road.
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post May 23 2014, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE (newres @ May 23 2014, 07:40 PM) *
Cattle are the worst for this. I have been charged at several times by a herd. I now won't go through a field of cattle with my dog. I just take the adjacent field/road.

No, I won't cross a field of cattle with my dogs, it can be very dangerous. I run the footpaths through the local fields and I really don't like going into fields with livestock of any kind - I'm not particularly happy even with sheep. I try and have an escape route if possible.


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post May 23 2014, 08:00 PM
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I've spent a lot of time around horses and can honestly say, hand on heart, I have never been given cause for fear. Been nipped a couple of times and got a bit of a squeeze once when a made decided to lean on me against the wall of her stall but that's about it.


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post May 23 2014, 08:20 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 23 2014, 09:00 PM) *
I've spent a lot of time around horses and can honestly say, hand on heart, I have never been given cause for fear. Been nipped a couple of times and got a bit of a squeeze once when a made decided to lean on me against the wall of her stall but that's about it.

If you understand horses, do you recognise this particular horse's behaviour - bucking and pronking six feet from my friend? Was it just excitable and harmless, or was it threatening? Not knowing, it seems to me that the situation was rather more dangerous than I'm happy with.


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post May 23 2014, 10:36 PM
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A wasp or bee trapped under a horse blanket or entangled in the mane will make a calm horse turn nasty and cause it to buck and kick out. Or maybe there were some horse flies bothering the animal. They can cause nasty cuts on a horse and again, make them irritable.
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post May 23 2014, 10:42 PM
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This time of year, probably just a bit skittish, often see it in the spring and most horses see humansas one of them. Probably wanted attention, a bit of play, it can seem intimidating to have a sixteen hand snorting beast challenge you to a race though, especially if you're unsure of your self.


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