Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
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.