The horses keep any daytime predators out. They've chased off dogs, cats, a rooster that didn't live here, and my sister. So they do a pretty good job. The night time predators I'm starting to worry about. My farm sits right in between both of my uncle's properties. And it's mostly wooded. The horses really enjoy clearing out the brush so as they clear it out I just expand the fence. And now we're
Getting pretty deep into the wood.
Now on one side of my farm, my one uncle has about (no kidding) 20 dogs. All of which hunt rabbits and raccoons and they bark pretty much nonstop. One of them did get out one time and he just wanted to play with chickens (he was an old dog but young at heart)and my my alpha mare did not approve of that. So he got the boot pretty quickly.
My other uncle has 2 dogs. His dogs are deathly afraid of the horses so although they do roam around, they will not cross that fence... Like ever!!
So my question is, do I need a dog myself? I haven't seen any signs of a raccoons and I know for a fact that we don't have owls. But I'm worried that as we venture further back, we might run across some varmins that need to be guarded against!