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        06-16-2013, 01:23 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Out for a ride today with friends of friend. Total four humans, five horses, eight dogs - and supposedly one bear, seen by friend heading off through the woods.

    Dogs ranged in age from a couple of ~5 month pups to a grizzled veteran of IIRC 13, who was the most active of them all.
         
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        06-16-2013, 05:44 PM
      #12
    Kmk
    Foal
    I always take my dogs with me! They love running next to the horses. You have to be careful though because some horses don't like dogs. I went out with a friend once who's horse tried to kick her dog every time it got within range. Poor dog didn't even do anything wrong and had to keep dodging hooves when it wasn't expecting it!
         
        06-16-2013, 06:08 PM
      #13
    Trained
    If the dog listens and is well behaved I don't mind riding with dogs. I had a friend (note the past tense) who would bring her dog along and it was an absolute misery. The dog would run off, not come back when called, run out in traffic (you had to cross a road inside the park to get from the horse trails back to the trailer parking) and once ran off to a neighboring farm and chased the guys chickens. I was pretty convinced we were all going to be shot for that one. I absolutely loved the dog at home but on trail........well, her owner and I are no longer friends because of the lack of training for the dog. I also don't hold with kicking dogs when you get mad at them.
         
        06-16-2013, 06:16 PM
      #14
    Started
    My friend's grandma I sometimes go riding with always takes her dogs with her. I don't have any big enough dogs (and ones that aren't deaf) that would go with me, but I would definitely take one if I did!!
         
        06-16-2013, 06:36 PM
      #15
    Foal
    We have dogs that go out with us sometimes but my gelding is very aggressive toward dogs (There was a horse chaser @ the farm where he was raised) so I have to watch him if they get close. He actually tried to stomp a friends dog that got under his feet once.
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        06-16-2013, 08:47 PM
      #16
    Trained
    The dog that I have now is the first one that I don't take trail riding. All the other dogs in my past were trail experts. This dog runs off into the woods, then remembers about us, comes crashing into the path, and spooks the horses. She also may get off on a tangent and just disappear. If we go near the road, she dances in the traffic, happily oblivious to her impending demise. Poor old Blue is not a very bright dog. I make her stay home so that she will survive. I miss my good riding buddy dogs.
    smrobs and wild old thing like this.
         
        06-19-2013, 09:45 AM
      #17
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    If the dog listens and is well behaved I don't mind riding with dogs. I had a friend (note the past tense) who would bring her dog along and it was an absolute misery. The dog would run off, not come back when called, run out in traffic (you had to cross a road inside the park to get from the horse trails back to the trailer parking) and once ran off to a neighboring farm and chased the guys chickens. I was pretty convinced we were all going to be shot for that one. I absolutely loved the dog at home but on trail........well, her owner and I are no longer friends because of the lack of training for the dog. I also don't hold with kicking dogs when you get mad at them.
    I am very with you on this. I find in this part of the country, too many dogs are allowed in arenas and in barns, which can be a little disconcerting especially if they're noisy. Dogs get underfoot sometimes. Horses and dogs get spooky sometimes. I opted out of one barn because there were a MESS of dogs and it was a catastrophy in the making. In fact, one of the dogs had just been stepped on that day and had a mauled paw. I could only shake my head and get on with my search.

    I have my own two knuckleheads at home and I know how they can be, which is predatory. If they see a squirrel, it's ON. Which means they can't be trusted to behave safely at all times in certain situations. Most times but not all. I don't think I would feel very good about a squashed dog. I wouldn't kick them ever. What's the point of that? They don't learn anything but to avoid feet and to fear the person attached to it.
         

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