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post #1 of 31 Old 05-22-2009, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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My horse killed a dog

Apparently, my horse (Snafu) and boss's horse (Raja) were in the indoor arena, and eating some hay scraps, minding their own business. The girl who was working today brought her two dogs, a rottweiler and a daschund. I guess the daschund found a way to slip into the arena with the horses. (Who are both around 17hh. Although, I'm sure ponies are fully capable.) He got too close to Snafu's tail/hind end. Snafu kicked, and broke the dog's back.
The girl is upset, and blaming me. I, at the time, was at school completely unaware. I think she shouldn't have let her dogs run loose in a stable. There would be no way that daschund could have gotten away quick enough on those short little legs. Snafu, has a good reason to be defensive. He was once attacked by a pitbull who bit his nose and hung on while he thrashed around. Not exactly a good dog experience. I feel horrible that her dog was killed, but it's not my fault or Snafus.
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post #2 of 31 Old 05-22-2009, 11:04 PM
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If dogs are near horses they should be leashed. It was the dog owner's fault.

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I agree with you that dog shouls have either been trained to stay away and not bother horses or kept away from them. In my home state it is legal to shoot any dog that is bothering your livestock.

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post #4 of 31 Old 05-22-2009, 11:09 PM
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I'm sorry, for you and the girl. I completely understand that she's upset, but she shouldn't blame you. If the dog doesn't respect a horses space, it shouldn't be near them
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I think that dogs should be on leash around horses, espeically if they are not your horses, or you are in a public barn environment.
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post #6 of 31 Old 05-22-2009, 11:14 PM
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I agree, it is completely not your fault. That girl should have left her dogs at home or had them on a leash. I am glad that your horse was not permanently injured by the pit bull attack, I hear of horses killed by those dogs all too often. I wouldn't be concerned with that girl because the whole issue was her fault for not having the dog leashed.

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I am glad that your horse was not permanently injured by the pit bull attack, I hear of horses killed by those dogs all too often.
I know! I didn't own him at the time, but his previous owner is a good friend of mine and told me all about it. I guess he only had a few cuts on his nose, and that was it. There has also been A LOT of dogs killing horses in or around our area which is scary. A while ago 2 pit bulls found their way into a barn, and took down a full-sized horse.

Which do you think is better or worse for horses and dog attacks? Having your horses in the city or heavily populated area? Or having horses in the country?
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I would think it is worse in the country, because people seem to think it's okay to let dogs run free out in the country.

Last year there were three or four dogs that kept chasing the horses (particullary the ponies) Fortunately they left before theyt were shot
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post #9 of 31 Old 05-22-2009, 11:34 PM
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It both has it's pro's and con's. Having them in a more populated area means that help is closer but it also means more dogs and the opposite is true for the country; fewer dogs and help farther away. Although like Kentucky said, in my area too, it is legal to shoot any dog that is on your property off leash or bothering your animals. That is easier to do in the country than the city (you always have to be concerned about where that bullet ends up).

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post #10 of 31 Old 05-22-2009, 11:38 PM
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Too bad for the dog, it should've had a more aware owner. Dumb girl she was to put her dog in harms way like that. Guilt is why she's trying to shove the blame on you. No worries, it was nobodies fault but her own.
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