Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
The trouble is that some dogs turn it into a habit to chase horses. I have worked on cattle stations where dogs were used extensively, and if they worked as they were supposed to they are one of the most valuable things anyone working cattle can have and I have been told by dog advocates that 1 good dog is worth at least 3 men on a horse (I had a cattle dog when I was a ringer, but he got a kick in the head from a bull when he was still a little fella and figured heeling cattle was for suckers after that so he wasn’t much of a cattle dog from then on, but he was my dog and I loved him and had him for 16 years (even if he did end up being more just a pet than a work dog); but then he never turned into a horse chaser either. And for example, my uncle used to have a little place of about 38,000 acres and he could muster the whole place with only him on a horse and a posse of dogs, he had, and has, good horses, dogs and cattle. But if any of those dogs got into the habit of trying to heel horses instead of cattle their days were numbered. A good work dog is worth its weight in gold, but once they make chasing horses a habit they cross an unforgivable line as far as I'm concerned; a bullet is what they get.