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    02-15-2012, 06:02 PM
  #21
Trained
Beagles are a very stubborn breed and will follow their nose before listening to you. They have major selective hearing. You bring a beagle out riding with you and 99% of them will go off and do their own thing. The rest of your ride will consist of being stressed trying to find your naughty dog. I vote a big no on beagles.

We used to have one for bunny hunting, shed be gone all day. Pain in the butt!
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    02-15-2012, 06:44 PM
  #22
Green Broke
I have a Chesapeake Bay retriever; I don't think he could run to the mailbox and back. He does do a major service; He was a blood donor today. My husband had a dog at the clinic that needed a blood transfusion and it seems "Norton" volunteered. He is very sleepy right now. "Norton" and "Merlot" take turns being blood donors.
     
    02-15-2012, 06:45 PM
  #23
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If you don't want something extremely active you could do a lab.

They can keep up on the trail my old lab would go all day with us and be relaxed and fine in an apartment living environment.

Edit: plus not as much shedding as the collies
     
    02-15-2012, 06:47 PM
  #24
Weanling
I have an Aussie that I LOVE for trail riding. She can literally go all day, get an hour of sleep and go out again. There have been many days we have gone 20 miles in a day (from various horses, running, etc. all combined) and she was still ready to go! BUT she does have an amazing amount of energy at home too, and I have to keep her enrolled in agility and obedience to keep her mind occupied, so she doesn't pick up bad habits like herding.

There's a border collie and a lab at the barn who are great with horses and on the trail. But I really think it depends on the dog and training. I've met labs (I work at a dog kennel) who I wouldn't put anywhere near a horse who have more uncontrolled energy than my aussie ever has, and I've met lazy herding dogs who would rather stay at home than go out on the trail.
     
    02-15-2012, 07:01 PM
  #25
Showing
With what limited experience I have with heelers, they are significantly lower energy than your standard border collie, but I have just never met a heeler that I liked.

Have you considered a greyhound? I've heard that many of them are content to be couch potatoes when you aren't working with them.
     
    02-15-2012, 07:05 PM
  #26
Trained
Smrobs...greyhounds are good dogs. The only bad thing though is that they have a high prey drive. The "rabbit" they chase on the track, kinda stays with them after they are rehomed. Unless you purchase them from a breeder that hasnt ever touched the track.
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    02-15-2012, 07:08 PM
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Showing
Aah, that's cool...if you teach a good call-back LOL.
     
    02-15-2012, 07:10 PM
  #28
Ink
Weanling
I have a Boston Terrier mix who has two speeds: crazy hyper and sleeping. I'm not sure about taking her out on trails with me though. I worry about her size and lack of experience around horses. Plus I don't have access to any trails at present so it's kind of a moot point I guess.

But I would still say some sort of terrier might be good like a jack russel. Anything that's small but sturdy. They're still energetic but they're little enough that they won't tear up your house while they're running around acting like idiots
     
    02-15-2012, 07:16 PM
  #29
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All I have ever owned was Border Collie crosses that were bred to work cows, so a dog of that nature needs a lot of exercise or they become destructive like smrobs and CLaPorte mentioned.

I have had a Heeler/Coyote cross and same -very work oriented. And I trained a few Queensland Heelers for a friend. They can be very hard headed, definitely not the trainability the Border Collie has.

My dad raised and worked bird hunting dogs when I was a kid, I really like a Brittany. They can hang out and be family dogs but have the build and stamina for trail riding. They usually don't have the desire to herd your horses like a cowdog will since you don't have cattle to work them on.
     
    02-15-2012, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
I have an Aussie that I LOVE for trail riding. She can literally go all day, get an hour of sleep and go out again. There have been many days we have gone 20 miles in a day (from various horses, running, etc. all combined) and she was still ready to go! BUT she does have an amazing amount of energy at home too, and I have to keep her enrolled in agility and obedience to keep her mind occupied, so she doesn't pick up bad habits like herding.
Ugh, yes, if you get a Aussie, be prepared for it to find a neighbors cows, or horses, and herd them -_- We have one Aussie (the rest are now to old) Who goes over to a neighbors, and all naturallly (its truly amazing to watch) herds ALL the cows in the pasture to one big group... But the neighbors don't enjoy it... -_-
     

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