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    03-05-2012, 11:21 AM
  #151
Yearling
Saskia Squirt gun or real gun, I don't think folks are just willy nilly shooting any dogs. They are discussing the really mean one. Which to be honest are just soooooo rare.

I encounter a lot of dogs while out riding. Usually with their owners out for hike. Most of the owners are very attenative to their pets and get them on lesh and secure them. But even the loose dogs, my horses are used to . We often have 3-4 dogs running along our horses, under their feet zig zagging along the trail with us. My horses just don't care about dogs unless they try to nip them.

Most strange dogs bark and retreat. No harm no foul. The rare dog that comes in and tries to nip my horses heals, usually gets kicked. No need for me to do anything but hold on.

But for those timid riders who are nervous about a strange dog upsetting their horses and getting them dumped. The ammonia in the squirt gun will send the dog fleeing and usually not do any long term harm.
     
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    03-05-2012, 03:23 PM
  #152
Foal
I was out riding on the beach again yesterday with a friend. We were cantering along the waters edge when a lab mix began chase, the owners were about 200 yards away. Tess turned her mare to confront the dog and chase it back to were the owners were. I had stopped and was watching from a distance. My friend and her mare got the dog back to the owners, but they did nothing to restrain or control there animal. I could see the mare was starting to freak out with the dog barking and lunging torts the horse.
At this point I got involved, I charged my horse "Quinn" at the dog and told the owned comely to control his animal and put it on a leash. My horse is very chill and dose not spook even with an aggressive dog. I was having no problem controlling Quinn and keeping the dog in front of him
" Like we were doing some cutting" My friend hand moved down the beach to get her horse to a safer place.
I'm still telling this guy to put his dog on a leash and he's acting like I'm doing something wrong. By now many people are watching so I felt like it was a good time to get away. I charged the dog one last time and went into a full galloup. I looked back to see the dog is chasing me but it was not to close. So I stopped turned and was ready to stomp the dog if it kept coming. Happily it decided to turn and go to its owners.
Later that day I did see it on a leash.
These dogs are a problem :(
     
    03-05-2012, 03:38 PM
  #153
Banned
I think you missed a teacheable moment.

When people started to gather that's when I would have put on my war face and yelled at the top of my lungs "don't ever let that dog near my horse again or I will kill him right in front of you".
     
    03-05-2012, 03:45 PM
  #154
Green Broke
Radly, if these dogs are at the beach unleashed,and it sounds like they are regularly, report them to ACO. All dogs are to be leashed on Public property in Maine unless they are under the owners control. These dogs obviously are not.
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    03-05-2012, 06:25 PM
  #155
Foal
Had that happen to me twice on different horses. The dog was trying to bite my horse. She was freaking out but she wouldn't run away from me...instead hide behind me. I knew the dog so I got off and scared it away. The other one my horses wasn't afraid at all and retaliated by chasing the dog and successfully got the tail. Dog wans't hurt but decided not to bother us again. Depends on the situation. At least you got your exercise walking all the way back to get them. :/ ?
     
    03-05-2012, 07:05 PM
  #156
Foal
That's the problem with a lot of folks who insist on keeping their dogs off leash - most of them can't really control the dog. I'm a Doberman person and always keep mine on leash, no matter what - but what we most often see is an uncontrolled dog attacking our "bully breed," who then is labeled aggressive for defending himself. Infuriating.

Saw a couple of references to bleach/ammonia - it can indeed cause permanent damage if it gets in their eyes, especially if not diluted well. Some folks use dilutions of vinegar or lemon juice.
     
    03-06-2012, 10:22 PM
  #157
Foal
My horse was mauled by two hunting dogs last year :/ It took him awhile to get over the attack and even know he gets iffy if he hears a dog bark etc. Our area has had 7 reported dog attacks on horses in the past 2 years. There has been a lot of attention with he new papers and now our local council is starting to really crack down on unleashed dogs. But it is still frustrating when you see a dog off the leash and the owner doesn't see anything wrong with it :/
     
    03-07-2012, 08:07 PM
  #158
Foal
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Originally Posted by Conrad And Freddie    
My horse was mauled by two hunting dogs last year :/
I'm sorry your horse was hurt.

What kind of hunting dogs y'all have over there? People hunt with hounds here - in my area, they use them to run deer out of the swamps so the hunters can shoot them. But the hounds are skittish shy creatures who'd never hurt a horse or human.

What kind of hunting do they do in your country with dogs? What kind of dogs do they use?
     
    03-07-2012, 08:37 PM
  #159
Trained
One thing that really irks me is poorly behaved dogs, and what irks me even more is the douche bag who should be at the end of the leash.
I don't carry a gun riding so I couldn't shoot it, but I would probably give the dog owner the same treatment with my horse that his dog did to my horse.
I probably wouldn't, but I would think about it.
But if you can't control your dog and it puts my horse at risk, I'm probably going to lose it.
If you're dog comes onto my property and is chasing my horses, I'm going to shoot it. You get one warning, that's it.

TRAINING isn't very hard. The hardest part is training the stupid person, not the dog.
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    03-08-2012, 06:48 PM
  #160
Foal
Hunting dogs over here are used to hunt massive wild pigs and deer, so they are usually a mix of dog breeds that are big, tough, aggressive and agile. The dogs that mauled my horse were both bull arab cross, like most dog here. Bull arabs are usually crossed with mastiffs, danes, wolfhounds and even greyhounds to make hunting dogs, the end result isn't good for any animal that comes across them :/
     

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