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I saw John Wayne do it with the reigns in his teeth at a full gallop. It was bad guys and not elk and oh of course it was a movie. On a serious note as someone else said it's all about the horse and seasoning.

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It is VERY hard on a horses ears.
In mounted cowboy action shooting, ear plugs are used and the rounds arent fully louded rounds.
Horses hearing is much greater then a human so imagine what a firearm going off with the muzzle in same line as your ears within 2ft from your ears and times it by 10 , thats what a horse hears.
Lemme do it to you first then maybe id let someone do it on a horse of mine or one we guide off of.

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My Father in law has horses he swears are tolerant of gunfire, and he hunts with them all the time. Once about 4 years ago when i was with them I had a chance to shoot, not off the horse (I dismounted first because they tend to not stand completely still), but I waited too long and the deer went into some trees...still kicking myself for that one.

I wouldn't shoot off of just any horse but just like a dog they can be trained to tolerate it.

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Romey wrote:
It is VERY hard on a horses ears.
In mounted cowboy action shooting, ear plugs are used and the rounds arent fully louded rounds.
Horses hearing is much greater then a human so imagine what a firearm going off with the muzzle in same line as your ears within 2ft from your ears and times it by 10 , thats what a horse hears.
Lemme do it to you first then maybe id let someone do it on a horse of mine or one we guide off of.

Uh, no thanks, I'll take your word for it. Think

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Never tried it as I like riding on the horse--Buddy shot his 44amg at a raven in AK while we were riding home to camp with boo meat-- had a bit of a rodeo for a few minutes but worked out ok-- we always left horses staked out a ways away from shooting area.

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I have to much respect for my horses to do that. Like what was stated before it is hard on the Horses ears. When they have a few times better hearing than us and it hurts our ears, just imagine what it does to him. I always just dropped the reins and the horse walked about 15 to 20 feet away and waited for me. I once chased a Deer on foot for a mile or so (Wounded) and came back and my horse was still there waiting for me. If, I couldn't take a horse hunting it wasn't much use to me.

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If you're into history at all, I recommend reading "My Life on the Plains" by George A. Custer. He wrote it about his experiences in the late 1860s as a series of newspaper articles.

One story he related was the day he decided to go buffalo hunting. He said the technique was to ride alongside the buffalo and shoot them from the saddle with a handgun.

On this particular day, he was out on the plains alone, spotted a big bull and took after it at full gallop. He got alongside, drew his gun, cocked it, aimed...and at that moment the bull lunged over at his horse. Custer instinctively grabbed the reins/pommel for stability, and in the process touched off a round right into his horse's brain. The horse dropped, he flew off, and was left alone on the plains miles from camp in indian territory, with a very ticked off bull buffalo on his hands.

The buffalo left and Custer carried his saddle back to camp on foot. He's not around to put in his two cents worth, but that's the opinion of one of the more accomplished cavalry soldiers the nation ever produced (granted, he was an egomaniac with questionable judgment -- but a talented horseman nevertheless).

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Great story-- sounds like some bear stories we used to tell/ hear when i lived in AK.

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Well they used to hunt buffalo with lever actions from horses but that was at close range and now days would be considering harrasing wildlife which is illegal. You can't herd animals with a horse then shoot em so that's out.

That leaves a little longer distance shots and my honest opinion is that it probably wouldn't be very ethical...just a personal opinion. Others have talked about the impacts/reactions of the horse but the reason I wouldn't think it would be a good idea is that you increase greatly the chance at a bad shot. That horse moves at all at the last second then you risk an unethical shot placement. All it would have to do is shift it's weight and you have a gut shot animal and with elk they can go miles before expiring.

I wouldn't risk it. Just my 2 cents.

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Shootin' off a horse and you'll have a rodeo, that's for sure! Not recommended. Unless the horse or mule have been acclimated to it the shit will fly!!!!!

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