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post #21 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 11:44 AM
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Sorry but seeing as this was a pitbull it had no business being let to chase horses. And no this is not breed bashing, I own a pit/rott. These dogs, if they ever actually catch a horse, will not stop. Luckily my dog got arthritis fast as when she was younger once she found out she could catch deer she routinely brought them home.

And since this dog doesn't seem all that well trained if it was running from the owner when she was trying to catch it, I would be worried what other training this dog lacks. A pitbull is not a breed to let training slack with.
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post #22 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 12:04 PM
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yes the dog is badly behaved and shouldn't be chasing horses. The dog is not the OP's to train or shoot. She can however train her horse to react appropriately to a dog chasing it, because there are more badly behaved dogs than well behaved out in the world whose owners are not going to do anything about.
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post #23 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 12:07 PM
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Sorry but seeing as this was a pitbull it had no business being let to chase horses.

And since this dog doesn't seem all that well trained if it was running from the owner when she was trying to catch it, I would be worried what other training this dog lacks. A pitbull is not a breed to let training slack with.
Unless I am reading wrong - the pitbull was at her previous barn. Not related to this incident.
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post #24 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 12:14 PM
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Hmm not sure.... if a dog ever chased my horse though the owner would be short a dog and not because of my doing.
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post #25 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 12:18 PM
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Sure, might not be the OP's dog to train or shoot, but if it were me, and it looked like any mut were going to bite my horse, I'd be telling the barn owner I didn’t give a **** who owns the dog, it bites my horse, by by fido. Im not familiar with this whole barn owner thing or barns, and it seems from reading posts on this forum there’s quite a bit of politics involved with the whole barn owner deal, I don’t even know if we have barns as such in Australia, we probably do but call them a shed or something, but it seems they (barn owners) provide, for a cost, facilities in which people can keep horses; right? Seems incredibly negligent and irresponsible and a breach of some sort of duty of care if they have some mut running around putting horses and their riders in danger.
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post #26 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 12:25 PM
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Wait! Did I read that right? Did you say the barn owner was actually encouraging the dog to chase the horse? How incredibly stupid is that? I would most certainly have had words with them at that point. That is uncalled for and very dangerous. Dogs in the barn is one thing, I don't think they should be encouraged to chase a horse at any time.
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post #27 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 12:37 PM
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Wait! Did I read that right? Did you say the barn owner was actually encouraging the dog to chase the horse? How incredibly stupid is that? I would most certainly have had words with them at that point. That is uncalled for and very dangerous. Dogs in the barn is one thing, I don't think they should be encouraged to chase a horse at any time.
I believe the OP said the trainer had said "get that" referring to what the OP was doing on the horse but the dog interpreted it as a command to get the horse....
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post #28 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 02:49 PM
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We lost our house at one point in time and instead of selling my horses I took them to a friend's house. She has a dog that chases horses and I told her up front if my donkey kills your dog it isn't my fault. I had no where else to take them and they were kind enough to step up for me but I didn't want any bad blood if her dog got hurt. So they really started getting after their dog and everything was ok but it sure made me nervous. The dog did sneak up behind Phar Lap and Shadow and bite their back ankles a few times. I didn't like it but they would kick at the dog and take care of themselves. They have horses themselves and I am surprised they would even want a dog like that around their horses. BUT their horses and now mine don't spook at dogs at all anymore.
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post #29 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 05:32 PM
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Why don't you take a lead, catch the dog before you ride and tie him up until you finish?

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post #30 of 45 Old 10-25-2012, 06:25 PM
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situational awareness here. If you know theres any kind of dog that is a guard dog/breed is more aggressive, then use caution around them.

All the training in the world cannot prevent EVERY SINGLE situation. Maybe the dog is well trained. Maybe it isnt. Maybe it was having an off day or it mistook a command that it knows.

Maybe the horse was spooky, maybe it was rider fault....maybe all three.


What it all boils down to is the BO being aware of the hrose and the dog, the rider being aware of horse and dog, and then just keeping an eye on surroundings.

These arent inanimate objects were talking about here. These are living creatures that go off of their own instincts, and are also at the same time supposed to go against/for orders that we humans give them.
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