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Old 09-19-2006, 04:04 AM
 
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I see horses and cattle out at night. A lot people will take their horses into the barns. My brother lives in the country and has two house cats and they go out all night and have had no problems. The lions are usually out on the prowl for deer in the high country and one might occasionally drift toward the cities but usually not. Many people have dogs to alert them to anything coming on their property, human or non-human. Lot of cattle in the area too. I have never heard of any attacks from lions on horses or cattle there.
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Old 09-19-2006, 02:20 PM
 
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I see horses and cattle out at night. A lot people will take their horses into the barns. My brother lives in the country and has two house cats and they go out all night and have had no problems. The lions are usually out on the prowl for deer in the high country and one might occasionally drift toward the cities but usually not. Many people have dogs to alert them to anything coming on their property, human or non-human. Lot of cattle in the area too. I have never heard of any attacks from lions on horses or cattle there.
Thanks, crackerjack, for the info. I'm guessing the variables would be how close you are to town and fencing.

Question for the michinmich: How are you going to move your horses? Will you bring them at a later time, after you have found your place, or board them in CO while homehuning or ??? Large animal relocations are kinda tricky, but we would not leave them, as they are considered part of the family...
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:52 PM
 
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Michinmich,

I tried to edit my post above to clarify what I was trying to say, but for some reason, I was unable to use the edit function.

My question is about the logistics of large animal relocation, and perhaps it needs its own thread. How does one find out about available boarding facilities (to ship the horses to)? Is it feasible to rent/lease a house with horse facilities temporarily (while househunting)? The timing needs to be coordinated, and I can't decide what needs to be done first.

My question to michinmich was about how he was planning to make the move with the horses, but if anyone else has some experience with this, please chime in.
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Old 09-20-2006, 06:02 AM
 
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Abcde, I just want to say that my uncle has horses and had to move a lot of horses years back from one part of Texas to another and he used a horse transport company, you can search Google by writing moving horses and find them. I am sure others may want to add more.
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:06 PM
 
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We have a few mountain lion sightings here in my town (Michigan) and we were told they would stay away from horses in a group. However, I was told the rest of the animals you mentioned are fair game.

I imagine there must be large numbers of them in CO. Does this change their behavior? Do they hunt in groups?
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:24 PM
 
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I would probably ship my horses as crackerjack mentioned and board them somewhere nearby until I was a bit settled in.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:49 PM
 
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MichinMich, the lions still hunt alone. They seem to like the solitary life. The mother lions might have some cubs with her for a while but that is about it. In Southwestern Colorado there are a number of them but don't seem to be a huge number of them. They leave cattle and horses alone. I wouldn't trust sheep being left alone at night so I would bring them in for sure. I have lived in New Mexico and Arizona too and they seem to have about as many mountain lions as Colorado.
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Old 09-23-2006, 08:24 AM
 
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Thanks! This is so interesting. Can't wait to see it for myself! You have been so helpful. I appreciate the help.
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Old 09-24-2006, 02:39 AM
 
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You are welcome MichinMich. I just heard yesterday that a La Plata County official stated that La Plata County, where Durango is located, has more horses in La Plata County per capita than any other county in Colorado. I knew there were a lot of horses there and I would venture to say that Montezuma County, where Cortez is located, would be a close second for horse population. Anyway, your horses will have plenty of company should you move there!
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:20 AM
 
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Default Waiting until spring....

In discussions with my vet and horseshoer, I think I'm going to wait until spring to move my animals. Not only would it lessen the shock of the temperature change for my older horse, but there is the concern about bad weather in transporting during winter time. The next opening for flying horses from here is in November - too late. Winter weather...something I had almost forgotten about.
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