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post #11 of 18 Old 06-27-2008, 03:51 PM
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No offense to your beautiful collie! I shouldn't have said such a rude stereotype statement... That's like someone saying that my QH can't do dressage...which is dead wrong. I apologize.

I guess the rule of thumb is...there is no rule of thumb...I would get the dog very young that he can learn proper socialization around the horses from the beginning.

But in my personal experience I love the laid back labs!
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-27-2008, 04:08 PM
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We always had labs growing up. We had a lot of skunks and racoons in our area and they would bark and bark till we would come out and take care of the problem. We never had problems with them chasing or getting after the horses but would love to come along on trail rides (often would flush out the scary birds!!! hahaha) Our black lab female was around 55lbs I would say. very good minded dogs.

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post #13 of 18 Old 06-27-2008, 04:15 PM
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I wasn't mad! I was agreeing on the shephards but not on the collie... teehee, but mine is a collie collie, not a border collie and I think those are herders arent they? Anyway...I like labs too... My brohter has a lab... and i like corgis... but I dont have one....
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-03-2008, 09:57 AM
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I Like the Lab / collie mix idea.
Good, quiet minds and natural protectors.

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post #15 of 18 Old 07-07-2008, 05:09 PM
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the farm where i keep my horse has had aussies [australian shepherds] the whole time i've been there and they are the cutest animals ever and about the size you're looking for. you can even go for miniature [sp] hahaha.

the owner of the farm is also an aussie breeder and her dogs are trained, but with just a little bit they come when called, they stay by her side and really only chase the horses when they need to be like if some stubborn horse won't come in. she tells them to get the horses. it's not really that they just go out there and chase. they walk in and out of the horses legs in the cross ties and my old horse that spooked at everything would just put his head down to their level and sniff them. they don't hurt a fly.

Shepherds are the most loyal so i would have to go with aussie, but i'm not sure about border collies i've only seen one.

i would have to agree with the labs, i have two and love them to death but i'm not sure they'd be very good on a farm with horses since they are hunting and water dogs. i would stick with the farm instincts if i were you.

that's just my opinion.
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-07-2008, 11:26 PM
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i have always had australian shepards. wonderful dogs with horses, people and kids...and other animals.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-09-2008, 01:14 AM
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I Highly suggest a mutt dog (YELLOW LAB MIX) . i personally have a half yellow lab half white shepard and he is great around the horses and out on the trail. Hes still a pup only 11 months.....and hes awesome. I learned that it is easier if you raise the dog around horses. My younger horse had a harder time adjusting to him but now there the best of friends. Good luck with your new dog.

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post #18 of 18 Old 08-09-2008, 05:16 AM
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I'd say that almost any dog is OK, as long as he's trained properly. Small dogs would be a "no". My cousin (who has the qh's) has a Jack Russel names "Snappy" that truly lives up to his name. I'd say a "no" for him.

I'd actually suggest going out of the big busy town to a pound out in the country. Many of the dogs you find there came from people who either owned cattle, horses, or some other types of livestock. And also ask questions.

I don't like people going to breeders and stuff to get dogs that aren't for shows, just because there are so many dogs in pounds and spcas and humane societies all over the world, who are GREAT dogs, and just want some love. (most of the purebreds I know are VERY snooty patooty)

I would highly highly HIGHLY suggest you getting some mongrel mix. One that preferably has either some lab, or some hound in them. A bit of shepherd is OK, as long as it's balanced out by hound or retriever. Most of the hunting dogs tend to be OK around horses, seeing as most of them were bred to hunt alongside them. Just a bit of socialization, and learning that nipping the horses is bad, (sometimes it takes a soft kick from a horse) and you've got a great dog.
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