Written by Mary C. Keenan
I live in a semi-rural area and keep 3 horses on a 5 acre property. My colt, Tex, is 4 years old and was born at home. Since Tex was a baby there’s been a crow hanging around, and every evening—he sits on a corral post and makes his presence known. As the colt grew, it was sport for him to chase the crow off the fence. The crow seemed to go along with this game and never got “ruffled” he would merely hop off the fence and fly to a new perch out of the colt’s range. As, Tex matured he dropped the game.
Recently, one evening, about dinner time, I had Tex in the grooming area and the two mares, were in the turn-out and corral area. Suddenly the mares began running, bucking, circling, ears perked—necks arched—bodies tensed—clearly upset about something. I walked out to the corrals and try as I did I couldn’t see anything over the fence—or, behind the property that could have had them in such a frenzy. They continued running/bucking with dust flying and the crow, on the fence post, — having a cawing fit…his noise adding to the mayhem.. I walked the colt into the large turn-out area and removed his halter —still unaware of the problem—other than the horses’ continued running, leaping,….and that darn crow screeching.
The colt, free from halter and lead,– took a few steps toward the back fence. The crow immediately flew off the fence and charged directly into the colt’s forehead–wings flapping, clawed-feet extended poking at the colt between his eyes—screeching “–caw, caw, caw”…..the colt stopped, wide-eyed….. I was stunned—Why was the crow attacking him? — I, again, walked to the back fence, a block wall with bricks on top, to have another look and…. eye level –almost bumped right into a large rattlesnake slithering along the top of the fence….I leaped back and and realized that the crow was protecting Tex.
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