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post #41 of 45 Old 10-31-2012, 10:35 PM
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my neighbors horse was chased by dogs and i think coyotes when he was now he has a zero small animal or looks like a dog no dog gets near him.

I may seem small, but if you mess with my horse, I will break out a level of crazy that will make your nightmares seem like a happy place.
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post #42 of 45 Old 11-05-2012, 12:21 AM
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How about instead of training the dog or being put out by locking it in a stall....why don't you train your horse? You cannot control every dog, but you CAN train and condition your horse to tolerate dogs to some degree that you won't fear hitting the dirt when your horse encounters one......change what you can control.....control what you cannot change......
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post #43 of 45 Old 11-05-2012, 12:37 AM
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Muppet girl has a really good point there; the only problem is that I think the OP said the dog mistakenly went at the horse. All the horses I have had have had to be well used to dogs, as they were used with cattle work. If we were just riding along through a paddock without any cattle the dogs tended to just trot along around the horses, right under their feet even, I ran my dog clean over one day on my horse as he was running along in front and wouldn’t get out of the way of the horse, I couldn’t pull up as I was trying to cut off a cow; taught the little bugger a healthy respect for horses though.
The worst incident I ever heard of with dogs and horses though was from the guy who taught me to ride/train horses. He had bought a nice Arab/Quarter-horse filly and was riding her through the town he lived in (where I went to boarding school, how I knew him) and as he rode past a guys house the guy, sitting on the front porch, set his two bull terriers onto the horse. Yes, that’s right deliberately set them onto the horse. Despite my friend flogging the dogs with everything he had, and the horse doing everything she could do to fight them off they dragged her onto her knees before she managed to bite one and hurl it through the air, which scared it off. After that she managed to get up and stomp the back foot onto the other one’s head, didn’t kill it, but took it out of commission. After that my friend rode his horse up onto the front porch of the house and showed the guy why you shouldn’t set dogs onto horses owned, and being ridden by, former British Army 1st Parachute regiment troops. The horse would chase a dog on sight after that, can’t blame her. But the point being there is a difference between a dog near a horse, and a dog attacking a horse.
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post #44 of 45 Old 11-07-2012, 01:41 PM
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I Fox Hunt and the horses must be trained to accept dogs. Kicking a hound is the deadliest of sins!
So, horses here are well use to dogs -and so they should be as we have 17 about the place and often more at various times.

I agree that you cannot possibly control every dog situation, loose dogs about when you are riding and, as happened a dog running after a horse just because .......!

My Border Collie will trot around any horse being lunged - either behind it or in the opposite direction, I rarely ever stop her because it does the horses good. Fox Hound pups are just ignorant of the dangers horses can do and will play in the loose shed when the young horses are in there.
One of the smallest terriers (weighs about 6lb) will get into a feed bowl in the loose sheds and see all the horses off whilst she eats their feed.

When out riding if a dog runs up to a garden gate barking, the horses take no notice. If dogs run after them when out riding they take no notice. Even the youngsters!

Oh, you can shut dogs up in a stable but majority can jump out with no problem if they are not trained to stay there.
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post #45 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 02:58 AM
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I am sorry you fell off and got hurt, that is never any fun. The owner of the dog should be a little more aware of what their dog is doing.

I have an annoying little one year old puppy. She is insane and hyper. I take her to the barn with me sometimes. She loves horses and tried to play with them, she would never try to hurt them. But sometimes her playing means chasing. She will run at them and then she will turn and want them to chase her. It is a game to her. All of the horses at the barn are used to dogs so generally they ignore her. My horse however absolutely hated dogs, he has gotten better now. He would chase her and strike at her and try to bite her, she would run. She still thought it was a game. Yelling at her does no good and honestly if she gets kicked or bit then she will learn on her own. She isn't going to hurt my horse and he isn't afraid of her. I was lunging him today and she was running around with him. He has gotten better and payed her only a little attention. He will still get irritated with her but now he tries to sniff her and doesn't automatically try to kill her.

You can train your horse to be less spooky around dogs, it just takes time. I let my dog chase Junior while I am lunging him because then I know that when I ride him, if she chases him, he won't run. This has also helped on trail rides. He doesn't spook at the dogs that come running up to fences barking. We had four dogs come out and three of them were standing behind his back legs, sniffing him. Before he would have kicked them, but now he just sort of moved away. The owners were trying to get their dogs, but the dogs weren't being mean so no big deal.

My horse is 23, if I can train him to not mind dogs after a lifetime of disliking them to the extent of chasing them and flipping them over/trampling them, I believe that almost anyone could. It is just a matter of time and patience. My dog is an animal just like my horse. I can control her just as well as I can control him. Both have a mind of their own and and I am seriously not afraid of my 45lb dog hurting my 1100lb horse.
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