Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Horry County, South Carolina
• Horses: 0
OK, as a lifelong dog trainer/handler/owner, this is something that's always puzzled me.
Horse people are completely comfortable with half-ton prey animals, possessed of lightning reflexes, who could squash them like an insect and go right back to eating grass a second later.
But y'all are ready to haul out the automatic weapons over a dog?
Nope, I'll never understand it.
But really, most of the time, just be proactive and pleasant and everything will be fine.
I live in the land of the free-range canine, where no one has ever heard of a fence, much less built one. Here's what I do:
*Clop-clop-clippity-clop* Oh, look, horse, do you see that dog there? He's quite handsome, isn't he?
Oh, you must be the watch dog! Look what a nice job you're doing!
99.5% of the time: *wagwagwag* *big goofy canine smile* Why, yes, I am and thank you for noticing! You and your big dog have a nice day now!
Yes, there is that 0.5% of the time that things turn out differently. In my case, in about a half-century, that's amounted to two dogs. In neither case was anyone, canine, equine, or human, injured. And no firearms or other weapons were necessary!
Last edited by FirstLightFarm; 02-23-2012 at 08:18 PM.