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post #1 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Aggresive Dogs and Horses

Not long ago I did rode work. There arnt many houses around where i live but the houses there are they alwasy have dogs! Well i was coming home and our neighbours (if you would call them that) dog came out and tried to attack me and my pony. It seemed to know what it was doing, it lunged for his chest,face and stomach. I didnt know what to do! I decided to out try and out run it which i did, but it was really fast and was keeping up, luckily my horse kicked out at it and hit it in the jaws and slowed it down a bit. I am just wondering what to do! The neighbours where there watching as well!!! and didnt even try to call it off or let alone appologise, i was horrified... However when it wanders on our property its really nice to people, "even though i shoo it off." I cant have agressive dogs wandering on a Horse property. Now im petriefied on riding out as im scared it might actually bite one of my horses. What do you do when a dog tries to attack you whilst riding??

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post #2 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 09:41 AM
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If he is nice to people I wouldn't label him as aggressive. Some dogs have a lot of prey drive. If my HuskyXShepherd gets in the field with the goats or horses she will try to eat them. If my Golden did he would bark but stay a safe distance away. If the dog was off his property I would first discuss it with my neighbor. If it ever happened again I would call animal control. I would get some mace and carry it when I ride. I don't leave the house without it and I ride on the roads all the time.
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post #3 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 09:44 AM
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Since we are in a similar situation, we always carry spray bottles in our trail bags. Just those little travel sized squirt bottles. We only fill them with water but the second a dog gets hit from nowhere with water, they're usual reaction is to run away. It has worked for us several times and we are surrounded by dogs who will attack horses on trail.
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post #4 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 09:51 AM
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Ammonia in a spray bottle works great, even better than water. It won't hurt them permenately, but sure stings the heck out of their eyes and mouth and nose. Sorta like getting sprayed by a skunk.
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Ahhh we started with ammonia in our bottles but one of the dogs owners said if we didn't quit they were going to cause trouble...mostly because the dog stunk like cat pee for a day or two! LOL it sure did deter them faster though
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post #6 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 10:00 AM
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thats funny. I would say if the dog owner got mad, then maybe they needed to keep the dogs at home.
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post #7 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 10:19 AM
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Honestly, I take my horses after aggressive dogs. If I'm not riding on their property and their dog is coming off of it to come after my horse, I consider it fair game. Usually turning your horse on a dog turns the table. Just trotting up after it will send most dogs running with their tail between their legs.

Running away makes most things worse as the horse gets more and more nervous and the dog gets more and more excited at the prospect of the chase.

My horses are not afraid of friendly dogs that can mind their own business. My dog often rides out with me (on my own property, never when we leave it) and its never a problem. But my mare, and most horses I know, can be horribly reactive to dogs that would aggressively get under her and go after her. Some horses react differently to chasing aggressive dogs. My mare seems to get an instant spark of confidence when she's moving towards the dog, my former gelding would actually get very aggressive back and grab a hold of them with his teeth and shake them if he could, often times I had to hold him back. My current gelding thinks its a game and is always ready to go.

If people are out there, I don't change what I do. The dog left their property. I wasn't on it. I've never had a dog get seriously hurt or killed, sure it could happen, but I'm willing to take that chance. If they ask questions or get pissy, I tell them that their dog chased me first and left their property. There's leash laws off of the home property so they can bugger off and train their dogs better or confine them. Leash laws are in place to protect livestock, pets, and people. A loose dog is a hazard.
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post #8 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 10:36 AM
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I would take a little airspft gun (one of the ones that really hurts, or a bibi gun) preferably a hamdgun, and shoot it as many times as you can before it runs away.

Or I face the horse at them and yell geeeeeet home! Most country dogs around here understand those words because most people that say it to them follow it up with a bibi gun.
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I halt my horse and shout at them if you run they chase and your both in a position to cause an accident. my horse strikes out at dogs but people around me are quite good about keeping there dog away

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post #10 of 79 Old 09-06-2010, 10:55 AM
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That's why I like to ride with the crop. I've heard stories about dogs (mostly pit bulls) attacking riders in local park (well, may be they wanted to play, who knows, still scary!), so while it's not the best protection it's still something you have in hand. Although in general I never run into the issue - dogs either well behaved or the owners take them on leash when they see me approaching.
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