Crazy question about groundhogs and horses

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Black Feather, May 15, 2007.

  1. Black Feather

    Black Feather Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ok, this is going to seem groundhogs attack horses??

    I ask because I heard a story the other day that someone's horse died when a groudhog attacked it and bit it's leg. The story goes that the horse beld out from the bite.

    Is there any possible way that this can's sounds way too 'out there' to be true unless it's a crazy freak accident. I've seen some pretty terrible cuts/wounds on horse legs, but nothing that would cause the hose to bleed out.

    Urban Coyote
  2. Hotwings

    Hotwings Songster

    Jan 27, 2007
    southwestern Michigan
    I never heard of this. Groundhogs/woodchucks are certainly no friend to horses or their owners. I hear most despise them, not because they are aggressive but because of the holes they dig in the horse's pasture. Horses can step in these holes and injusre their legs. The only way I can think of a woodchuck biting a horse if it accidently stepped on it.
  3. Varisha

    Varisha Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Groundhogs can be vicious and territorial with other groundhogs, or if another animal actually invades their burrow. I suppose if a burrow collapsed under a horse and the woodie was at home, he may bite and run.
    As for actually attacking, I can't see that happening. Woodies are pretty alert and they prefer to hide rather than fight.
  5. lively Bee's

    lively Bee's Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    We have seen them stand there ground with the cows but never bite one we have also seen ground hogs fight and one or both will be all blood and wonded from the fight.

    i could see a horse dieing from a bite also.
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Groundhogs are viscious critters. They are a pest in the area where we live. I could believe they could bite and injure an animal as to cause death.
  7. xrayman

    xrayman In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2007
    Central IA
    Don't think it'd kill a horse during the fight. But from infections from the bite later on.
  8. Black Feather

    Black Feather Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Yeah, I know that groundhogs are a pain in the butt to horse people because of the holes they dig in pastures, but I never thought of them as being a liability in any other situation to a horses life.

    I've never heard of, or seen a groundhog attack anything....and certainly not kill anything. can believe that they would threaten you if you were very close to it burrow, but I thought they were more of a flight animal, not a fight animal?

    Ok, here is the main question....are there any veins or arteries in the lower part of a horses leg that would cause them to bleed out if lacerated?
    I don't mean get infected later on, but litterally cause the horse to bleed out?

    I've had horses all my life and have never heard of a horse bleeding out from a lower leg injury....maybe I've just had a sheltered life??

    Urban Coyote

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