The mountain lion, also known as a cougar, is a large cat that lives primarily in the western half of the United States. They are considered very dangerous predators, but the truth is that Cougars are shy and prefer to avoid humans, rarely attacking humans and horses.
Humans and horses are not considered ideal prey because the Cougars prefer to focus on prey that is small, easy to catch, and has the least threat. In general, lions cannot attack horses unless food is very coveted or childish and unfamiliar with hunting. Inexperienced cougars chasing horses quickly realize that this is not a good idea, as the horse’s best defenses are kicks and sharp razor hooves.
As already mentioned, adult horses are suspicious candidates for mountain lion attacks due to their size, but foals and miniature horses can be at risk. There is evidence and some videos showing how lions usually prey on wild horse foals under the age of three months. According to experts, mountain lions are attracted to small animals with a jerky gesture like a foal.
Below, we have selected two clips, a cougar and a baby horse. In the first clip, the mountain lion tries to take a two-day-old foal while the mare is immediately chasing him. In the second clip, the rider curses and chases the lion trying to hunt. Both clips are commented by a video uploader that gives his or her opinion about what is happening. Must-see!