Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Personally, I'm glad that owners bring their misbehaving dogs to my barn (I board). My horses have to be able to deal with a dog running around. If the dog nips, I will not correct my horse for kicking it. If my horse kicks their dog and kills it, not my problem.
But, I expect my horse to ignore dogs, period. I cannot have a kids horse taking off with a kicking/bucking fit because a dog ran behind them. How on earth can I sell a horse as a kids horse if it does that?
If it were my property and I had livestock (including the horses), the dog would be shot. Period the end. A dog that goes into the pasture or nips at an undersaddle horse deserves to be shot.
I love dogs and plan to have many of my own..But, if one takes to chasing livestock, I won't have it. It'll be shot before it could turn away from whatever it was chasing. If it can herd the horses on command though (I know a blue heeler that does), that's a whole different story. I intend to have my dogs trained as such. If I want it to lay outside by my truck, it better lay there until I tell it to move. If I want it to go find the horses and bring em in, it had better do it without bite marks on my horses. If it gets kicked, it was too stupid to be a work dog for me and too bad-it'll either be shot or given away to a no-livestock home.
Phone is dying or I'd add some more, but that's the gist of my opinion on the matter.
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Last edited by Iseul; 04-25-2013 at 10:57 PM.