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Cat grabs horse’s tail and hangs on as horse gallops off

Cat grabs horse’s tail and hangs on as horse gallops off

This cat grabs hold of a horse’s tail and hangs on even though the horse gallops off. I can understand why the wanted to do it. It was a moving object just like a cat tease and something which a cat would be compelled to play with. However, he or she should have let go sooner. Eventually she lets go about 50 yards or more down the road and you can see her running off. It appears that she was unhurt but it could have ended differently. It’s an interesting little video because it’s unique but of course we have to fear for the cat’s health.

It is certainly possible that the cat and horse were friends which may have encouraged the cat play with the tail. It is quite possible that it has happened before when the horse was stationary, perhaps in stables. Cats and horses are often friendly towards each other.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Cats that have been very seriously injured when hit by cars are often seen to gallop away at speed, appearing unharmed. Broken spines, a shattered pelvis, broken long bones can all be momentarily over ridden by the power of adrenalin. I hope that cat wasn't harmed.

    The cat only seemed to let go when the dog caught up and presumably had a nip at the cat, maybe sharp enough to distract the cat away from clinging on?

    The blow from that horse's hock, the snappy hyperflexion of the cat's spine during the rhythm of the panicky cantering, look enough to have caused some injury, if 'only' soft tissue bruising.

    All equines can kick out/buck as they flee, the startle reflex is profound. Maybe this is a regular event, maybe the rider was kicking the horse on and out of its panic?

    Cows can kick forwards too. Piss a cow off enough and she will kick out in all directions at once with her rear end.

    It is a curious video. The cat looks determined and also seems to know how to get safely into the very small blind (ish) area that equines have right up close behind them, especially when there is a rider onboard. I suspect this cat might have a bit of a hobby larking with horses.

  • Oh geeze! I understand how his claw can grab without wanting to. I know from years of brushing that horse hair is very thick and difficult to pull a brush or comb through unless wet. The horse did give one minor kick but only in effort to get the cat off. If a horse wants to hurt, it stands still and even backs up, not runs off. Also if you're close enough the leg just pushes, but that cat was in real danger. I doubt he'll ever do that again. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. I've never actually seen it until now.

      • To be clear, a kick does it's damage at leg length where the hoof is and moving it's fastest, like a whip. Upon closer examination the cat was pretty close (above the hock) the whole way and it just went for a thrill ride, which if that's what it meant to do is very funny you have to admit. One time deal, unless that cat is just nuts.

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