Loving the herd life
- Jan 14, 2020
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Oh no, buffaloes are like horses in the sense that they have a strong social order and they defend each others back. If you watch videos of Water Buffaloes, you will note that how close they stay to their herd, almost touching eachother. When grazing they don't tend to spread out evenly on the plot, they stay close always talking softly to eachother.Any idea how they interact with horses? If they back down to horses the same way they back down to cows they probably wouldn't do well at my place. If something backs down too much it gets attacked in my herd.
They are not very cooperative with horses and they are not very cooperative with herding dogs. In Latin America where buffaloes are gaining popularity as well as in their native tracts they are herded by herders on foot. This is because buffaloes are sensitive animals, mistreating them can be counterproductive. One of the cruelest thing you can do to a buffalo is to send herding dogs behind them.
Buffaloes are also smarter than the cattle, they are good learners and know how to avoid trouble. Horses are also very smart, I am sure they will never get in the midst of a buffalo herd. I have seen buffaloes and horses being kept together. Most people who are fond of horses keep at least one milking buffalo for the horse. I have seen them mostly ignoring eachother. However they are both of inquisitive nature, if they are unaccustomed to eachother they may interact a bit.