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.