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Do you talk to animals when you ride?(33 posts)

Do you talk to animals when you ride?Dave Hickey
Jul 3, 2002 10:12 AM
I pass cows and horses all the time. Maybe it's boredom or riding alone, but I find myself saying an occasional "moo" or "hello". I know it sounds crazy. Am I the only one?
yup, I do. Nope, you're not alone! : ) nm128
Jul 3, 2002 10:16 AM
re: Do you talk to animals when you ride?mbologna
Jul 3, 2002 10:17 AM
Sadly, you are not. I do it, too!
re: Do you talk to animals when you ride?gregario
Jul 3, 2002 10:26 AM
I tell squirrels, "don't do it, don't do it...."
i do. i also...._rt_
Jul 3, 2002 10:30 AM
talk to myself. out loud. a lot.

rt - the drugs only help a little bit ;-)
just the moo and whinnieDougSloan
Jul 3, 2002 10:34 AM
Hey, it passes the time. Seems a little unfriendly to pass the horses and cows that are staring at you from behind the fences and not say hello.

yep, and here's a funny one...lonefrontranger
Jul 3, 2002 10:48 AM
I talk to all kinds of animals on my rides, but particularly horses. If I see a particularly fancy mare/foal combination I'll often stop and watch the little one playing for a while.

I grew up on a horse farm and was around horses for most of my life. I guess the habits never really go away. On a ride not too long ago I saw a horse (in a perfectly good healthy pasture) with his head through the wire fence so he could reach the grass on the other side. He wasn't in any danger but it's hard on the fence and doesn't do his mane and coat any good either. This was an annoying habit my horse had; he'd literally "walk" the fence over trying to get to where "the grass is greener", so we'd always yell at him for it whenever we caught him.

So I slowed down a bit and told the offender in my best Voice of Command: "get off the fence!!". Wouldn't you know, he gave me a guilty look and pulled his head right back through, gave me the equivalent of the "equine shrug" and wandered off. Never saw that horse before in my life, but it's amazing how they know the voice of authority. Works with (most) dogs, too.
Jul 3, 2002 10:39 AM
I speak moo and winnie fluently. Also grr, baa, bark, and meow.

If you really want to confuse 'em, moo to the horse or baa to the cow, I swear they don't know what the heck is going on!

Not only do I talk to them...but sometimes they answer...MXL02
Jul 3, 2002 10:40 AM
usually with, "WTF??? Hey, Seabisquit, get aload of the moron riding in this heat...what an imbecile!"
re: Ditto on the moo and whinnie talk (nm)JL
Jul 3, 2002 10:41 AM
yes, but only after 120 miles. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 3, 2002 10:43 AM
re: Do you talk to animals when you ride?tommyrod74
Jul 3, 2002 10:46 AM
I thought I was the only one who mooed at cows when he rode... good to know I'm not alone.
Oh, deerRavik
Jul 3, 2002 10:46 AM
As there are plenty of them where I ride (especially in the early morning) along Lake Michigan near Grand Haven and Holland, I find myself looking out for them (self preservation) and looking forward to seeing them to pop "hello!"
I also greet squirrels and chimpmunks.
You're right, I think it's the quietude ... a little communing with nature never hurts!
amazing animal interactionsDougSloan
Jul 3, 2002 10:47 AM
While I've seen mountain lions, eagles plucking snakes off the road, and dozens of other animal encounters, the most amazing was this.

I was doing a 200 mile solo training ride across the valley and back. Fairly early in the morning, while cruising around 20 mph on a flat, lonely country road, a bird pulled up next to me. It flew right along beside me, very steady, almost perfectly syncronized, for a couple of miles. Yes, a long time. It was almost like that guy who flew the ultralight with the geese (or ducks?). While we communicated nothing, it was sort of cool. It made my day.

do(u)g's body=temporary host for spirit o' timothy leary (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 3, 2002 10:59 AM
The bird...rwbadley
Jul 3, 2002 11:21 AM
decided he would fly ahead of me on the bike. He kept a distance of about fifteen feet ahead, and kept turning around to look back at me. This went on for a good thirty seconds or so.

I thought we were sharing a 'moment'

Then the little peckerhead let loose with a massive dumpage, causing me to swerve off line, barely avoiding being splattered by the foul fowl.

I yelled an obscenity in Kite (the type of bird) and he flew off.
lesson: never draft a bird ? nmDougSloan
Jul 3, 2002 11:22 AM
reliablyterry b
Jul 3, 2002 11:20 AM
especially the rabbits which I encourage to get off the road. also wave at the the hawks and eagles I encounter.
horses and cattlemr_spin
Jul 3, 2002 11:24 AM
Usually I whinney and moo. Cows seem to appreciate it more than horses. I also once tried to reason with a full size mountain lion that was snarling at me.

Last week I was waiting for a friend to fix a flat, right outside a corral. There was a horse there who seemed to want attention, so for some reason I said "How old are you?" The horse shook it's head a little, lifted up it's right foot and put it back down again. One. That seemed reasonable to me. But being a natural skeptic, I had to ask again. This time I got no reaction. Ah, oh well, just coincidence, I guess....
Rattlesnakes........Dave Hickey
Jul 3, 2002 11:31 AM
Rattlesnakes will sleep on the road at night because the pavement is warmer than the ground. Thankfully, cars have usually take care of them by the time I pass them. There was an article in our local club paper last week about a guy that passed a rattler and the snake struck his back tire. He rode a little further down the road before he changed the flat.
Gobble gobble Gobble!SnowBlind
Jul 3, 2002 11:33 AM
Wild turkeys everywhere on Sacramento bike trail.
What sound does a deer make?
Jul 3, 2002 11:38 AM
A startled deer will make a loud snort and/or stamp their front hoof in alarm, but they don't vocalize to my knowledge.

Bull elk, on the other hand, make a loud, high-pitched squeal during the rut. It's a little strange to hear something that big with such a squeaky voice, but I've heard them quite a few times up in the foothills around here.
A young deer will bleat for it's mother. nmMel Erickson
Jul 3, 2002 12:56 PM
re: Do you talk to animals when you ride?ericd
Jul 3, 2002 11:49 AM
You're not crazy for talking to animals. If the animals start talking back, you may need to be evaluated by a professional.
what do llamas sound like?TomS
Jul 3, 2002 12:01 PM
I moo at cows sometimes too :-)

But my favorite farm animals these days are llamas. There seem to be more and more of them around here, and they just look so cool; their ears bounce when they eat, and they have that "i'm about to trip over something" look when they run.

But I have no clue how to talk to them! So I might say "heeeeey llama" but that's about it...
Same as an Alpaca (sp?) :) - nmJL
Jul 3, 2002 12:43 PM
Was that the Dali LLama? :) (nm)theBreeze
Jul 3, 2002 3:06 PM
all the time...(nm)EpicX
Jul 3, 2002 3:06 PM
re: Do you talk to animals when you ride?cp123
Jul 3, 2002 10:42 PM
horses yes.

As a horse owner myself who tends to his highness twice daily, I had a recent "moment" that made me feel all gooey on the inside.

I let the horse out during the day and as I was riding home from work and into the property where he is, i called him from the front gate. He heard, put up his head, called back and came running down towards me - like something out of those soppy horse movies. Anyway, I continued to ride up the driveway. He raced down to the front gate where i had called him from and stood there looking confused. So by now, i'm half way up the driveway and i call him again. He charges straight up along the fence past me and to the top gate. He stands there making noises as if to say "come on, what's a horse to do, I'm staaarrrrrving!". Then turns back around and comes charging back to where I'm still chugging up the driveway. then he walked along the fence next to me grunting and nickering the whole way to the top. It was really special.

I'm just waiting for them to try speaking english back.(nm)James
Jul 3, 2002 11:49 PM
I hate the way a herd of cows will always...Leisure
Jul 4, 2002 12:25 AM
simultaneously stare straight at you as you pass. It's like out of a horror movie, they're waiting for you to go around the corner as they plan your demise.

My sister ran came around a corner on a trail and scared a baby moose off the thing. She proceeded to finish the trail and told a couple guys at the end what she had seen. They responded that it was still there, and she turned around and sure enough the baby moose had followed her all the way to the end of the trail!

Wish I could have seen that one.
bark/howl with the dogs, wistle to the squirels,meow to cats nmishmael
Jul 4, 2002 6:49 AM
it lost it's nut!indianabob
Jul 5, 2002 5:47 AM
Sure, dogs, cows, horses,

but last fall, I came across a dead squirrel in the road, curled up, with it's acorn sitting on the asphalt about an inch from it's mouth. I remember stopping and saying, "aw, poor little guy" a few times. And, yes, it was a little funny.