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post #21 of 161 Old 02-20-2012, 08:19 PM
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No I don't think so, because if it were my dog, I wouldnt want some trigger happy horse rider shooting the crap out of her..
Then I suggest containing your dog, and not allowing them to become a menace to other people and their animals :)
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Then I suggest containing your dog, and not allowing them to become a menace to other people and their animals :)
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Okay people, time to calm down, go back to the topic and stop talking about age and who knows better - both ways. Please remember that Horseforum.com is for constructive discussion.

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Hey, since the law is on your side, feel free to kill as many dogs as you want. And when they make a new law that its okay to steal, Ill be sure to do that too. Because even though its wrong, I wont get in trouble for it, so its all good.
Stop talking down to me because you think Im younger than you.
And when a dog attacks your child at a time when you're there with a weapon I'm sure you're going to worry about the well being of the dog?

I've had dogs attack a horse, and draw blood. I've shot same dogs later when they made the mistake of coming after my horse when I was going out to hunt, so I had a shotgun with me at the time. And while the shot didn't kill the dog I hit (number 6 field shot), it was just because I a light round for the hunting I was doing. And dog that my mare kicked didn't die only because she caught him on the side and not the head. Owner called cops. I showed deputy my horses rear pastern and that was the end of his questions for me. Funny, I never saw those dogs out on that dirt road again. Probably shoud have gone hunting down there earlier and taken care of it before any horses got bitten to begin with.

No, it's not the dogs fault, it's the owners. But if the owners are not willing to maintain their dogs safely then they must accept what happens.

If my dogs had no manners, were allowed to run loose and killed any of a neighbors stock then I'm liable. If my neighbor kills my dog to protect his stock then he's perfectly correct in doing so. People who are going to own animals have to learn and accept the obligations that comes with owning that animal. If not, then don't own one.
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Did you locate the dog owner? It might be an isolated incident, not making it right but....Things do happen.

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It may be legal to shoot a dog that aggressively attacks you, but if you can do so without actually killing it, wouldn't you prefer that? Such as an airsoft pellet gun (don't make much noise so maybe wouldn't spook the horse so badly).
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And when a dog attacks your child at a time when you're there with a weapon I'm sure you're going to worry about the well being of the dog?

I've had dogs attack a horse, and draw blood. I've shot same dogs later when they made the mistake of coming after my horse when I was going out to hunt, so I had a shotgun with me at the time. And while the shot didn't kill the dog I hit (number 6 field shot), it was just because I a light round for the hunting I was doing. And dog that my mare kicked didn't die only because she caught him on the side and not the head. Owner called cops. I showed deputy my horses rear pastern and that was the end of his questions for me. Funny, I never saw those dogs out on that dirt road again. Probably shoud have gone hunting down there earlier and taken care of it before any horses got bitten to begin with.

No, it's not the dogs fault, it's the owners. But if the owners are not willing to maintain their dogs safely then they must accept what happens.

If my dogs had no manners, were allowed to run loose and killed any of a neighbors stock then I'm liable. If my neighbor kills my dog to protect his stock then he's perfectly correct in doing so. People who are going to own animals have to learn and accept the obligations that comes with owning that animal. If not, then don't own one.
As I've said, it depends on how aggressive. If you or anything is actually getting attacked, then yes - do whatever it takes. But alot of dogs don't see many horses, &when they do, maybe they just get excited. So why shoot it if theres a way to get them to leave without getting so violent.
Id kill a dog in a heartbeat if I really needed to, but for one that just SEEMED aggressive….....

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I don't think anyone was immature, except for a few snarky and bullish remarks. As a forum there are all ages who post here so we need to be open to many different ways people relate experiences and thoughts. Being a bully is just as bad as displaying immaturity.

I happen to agree that driving the dog away is a better choice. Lest perhaps it is seriously going to hurt someone or an animal. But just to go off and shoot a dog who is barking at you is excessive.
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Frankly I'd just say the horse needs to be desentitized more, especially if all the dog did was bark and run at it. My mare doesn't much bat an eye at my border collie running up behind her, swinging from her tail, running right under her.

Now if some stranger dog came up and acted aggressive, she'd give them a hoof to the face. One of her favorite games is 'let's trample the dog' which we actively play any time some stranger dog comes around getting in our way.

Just was well, bringing my own dog along with me when riding helps too. She runs loose, she runs all the coyotes and foxes we might see. She also keeps back other dogs, she'll either fight them or just distract them until the horse and I are farther away.

Edit to add that I agree with the above poster, driving the dog away is a much better method than just shooting it just because it spooked your horse.
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Frankly I'd just say the horse needs to be desentitized more, especially if all the dog did was bark and run at it. My mare doesn't much bat an eye at my border collie running up behind her, swinging from her tail, running right under her.

Now if some stranger dog came up and acted aggressive, she'd give them a hoof to the face. One of her favorite games is 'let's trample the dog' which we actively play any time some stranger dog comes around getting in our way.

Just was well, bringing my own dog along with me when riding helps too. She runs loose, she runs all the coyotes and foxes we might see. She also keeps back other dogs, she'll either fight them or just distract them until the horse and I are farther away.

Edit to add that I agree with the above poster, driving the dog away is a much better method than just shooting it just because it spooked your horse.
Out of curiosity, why have you not trained your dog to behave more appropriately around horses?
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