During deer season I like to keep my horses in a small pasture that is right by the barn and close to my house. I used to keep them in their stalls during the day but if I am home and can keep an eye on them, I feel comfortable keeping them in this pasture.
I do not allow hunting and have signs posted and try to keep an eye out as well for anyone that might be out in the woods. (I stay out of the woods during this time-I use binoculars.)
This year I have a large buck and some does that have bedded down in the pasture between my barn and the woods. I’m worried that if they continue to do this they might attract hunters as the buck is a good size. Surprisingly my horses don’t seem to care that the deer are there. Any tips on how to discourage the deer from hanging around? Also, what do others do to keep their horses safe during hunting season?