I had no idea where to put this topic. Riding? Trail Riding? Horse talk?
So I picked one.
I was always taught that if your horse is afraid of something it is always best to make your horse FACE it and/or follow it to encourage confidence
. Especially in the case of loose dogs on trail,in the ring,etc.
And if needed to chase it the dog so it will back down. I was drilled with DO NOT RUN AWAY FROM A STRANGE DOG (on foot or on horseback)
I am truly astonished that so many people do not know this common piece of knowledge.
One day while out trail riding with my friend and her horse, we came across a GSP who came charging out at us and barking. My friend proceeded to turn her horse around and start heading back but her horse started to prance in place, the GSP kept coming up after us, I told her to turn around but she didn't. This is when I took matters into my own hands, since my own horse was starting to get nervous with a dog barking at his heels.
I told my friend to turn around with me and chase the dog and she responded "I think we will just go"
I turned around,raised my dressage whip in my hand and to this day it is still an inside joke that I "the dog chasing warrior(ess) " has a battle cry of : SHI______T! " ( I don't know what I tried to yell,but apparently that came out first? )
I chased the dog and it ran away with its tail between it's legs back the yard...
I'm not going to lie, I felt triumphant in my victory!
Isn't this common knowledge to not run from a dog that is bothering you on horseback?
Another time a long while ago (again me and my friend were trail riding) a person walking her dogs in the metroparks as we passed the dogs, she asked " what would your horse do if my dogs chased them?
My friend replied " my horse would probably kill them "
Not 2 minutes later after we already passed without incident here comes the same two dogs at full run behind us!
We both proceeded to turn around and chase them back to the owner!
She was not happy with the incident and yelled " WHY DID YOU CHASE MY DOGS" my friend is a Smart Alec and told her " Because I thought you might want to keep your dogs alive,instead of them being stomped or being sued for killing two horseback riders! "
Any dog experiences out there?
Lets here your canine encounters ? (funny or not)