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    02-25-2013, 04:33 PM
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    02-25-2013, 04:38 PM
I think it all depends on each dog, for 90% of dogs out there.
I could have sworn that both of our roadside specials would have had issues. But one plays with my horse, the other just gets in the way, lol. At first she was scared to death and acted as if she was going to attack them. But that quickly changed when she got chased. Our dogs and horses get along great 99% of the time. I think a good calm horse can teach most any dog to be respectful. :) My 2 cents. :P
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    02-25-2013, 04:38 PM
No idea.
My Pittbull and German Shepherd are great. Chihauhau's not so much.
    02-25-2013, 05:08 PM
I think any breed (usually, not always) could get along with horses. It's not really about the breed, it's about early socialisation, and exposure to all kinds of situations (both horse and non horse related). I personally would never trust a dog 100% with a horse, nor would I trust my horse 100% with my dog (as in, never leave them alone together) you never know what could trigger a horrible situation, which could have been avoided with supervision.
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    02-25-2013, 05:40 PM
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Ditto - it just depends on the dog AND how one trains the dog.

My neighbor's Weimaraner and Black Lab both have terrible manners because all they do is play with their two boys - lol

Until they come in my barn - they learned a few years back "my barn my rules" and they are very well mannered when they come to visit.

The Weimaraner wanted to chase the horses when she was young but my big Sorrel put the slams to that in a hurry - lol lol

I've had Rottweilers, Dobermans, big dogs of unknown origin. My two current dogs are a Dobe/Rott and Leopard Cur/Fox Terrier. Both are very well mannered in the barn.

I agree little dogs like a Chihuahua may not be as well mannered because they seem to be nervous and yippy dogs by nature.

I honestly don't think there isn't any dog than can't be taught barn manners; some may just take more patience than others
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    02-25-2013, 05:44 PM
Totally agree walkin!

Our one had to get nailed in the head a couple months back when she forgot we don't chase moving horse feet (or swinging tails?!) I went to call the horse off, then said, nah, let her get clocked... she hasn't done it since lol.
I would agree that most small dogs seem to be unable to acclimate easily to much of anything aside from couch sitting and being cute. :P Except maybe pugs. They are big dogs in little bodies! But still harder for a horse to see...
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    02-25-2013, 07:11 PM
I think as many other have said its all about training. For dogs and horses, unsupervised can lead to bad deals for all. You also need to have a horse that's good with dogs. A horse and you have to train the dog and you can't just assume that the horse will kick the dog and he will learn. Some will some won't and a kick from a horse can kill a dog or result in something like a seizure disorder (as happened to a great dog of mine growing up).
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    02-25-2013, 07:17 PM
Its all about training. I have had dogs around my horses constantly. Some are worse then others to train to mind their manners around horses. Some are naturals.

I have yet to notice a difference from breed to breed. I've even had a few small dogs that I've seen that are great around horses.
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    02-25-2013, 07:18 PM
I am a believer of the training. Not just based on the breed. I have a Doberman/ lab cross and he is excellent around horses and well behaved. My friends Australian shep cross is terrible and has no manners. The aus/shep cross has been kicked a few times
    02-25-2013, 07:42 PM
My labs were wonderful with horses. I now have a dog that is a cross between a bluetick coon hound and a treewalker coon hound. She is wonderful as far as loving the horses. She has learned to stay out from under their feet. She is great around the barn, but on trail rides, she runs off into the woods and then comes bounding back, overjoyed to be reunited with the horses. She startles them every time. I got tired of her making my horses jumpy, so I put her in the pen when we ride. It would take a shock collar to cure her, and I am not interested in going to that much trouble.

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