A scary moment!
Yesterday I had quite a scare, which turned to relief. I was at the farm working on the new paddock, and the husband was hanging a gate. We had our 3 dogs there (mini dachshunds) because they needed an outing and they LOVE it there. We do not allow them to go in to the horse's field, though, as the horses are young (1&2) and I wasn't sure what they would do to them. In a moment of inattention my oldest girl Nellie, who is 11 and getting quite senile, slipped under the fence and started barking! We both panicked and ran over there, calling her back. Of course the horses saw us rushing toward the fence and came running over (probably expecting treats). Nellie got scared and started running in all directions, and ended up trapped with the horses between her and the fence. They saw her then and started trotting over to her with their noses down to check her out. All I could see was horse's legs moving and this tiny dog darting back and forth among them, at times she was running right underneath them and between their legs, etc., barking the whole time. The horses seemed just as startled as she was- they were dancing around- I think they were trying to avoid her but she was zig-zagging all over the place, and she finally made it back to the fence and out, scared but completely unharmed. I realized afterwards that the horses had no intention of hurting her, as they had every opportunity. I would have been utterly heartbroken if they had, and there is little chance she would have lived as she is so old and frail and tiny. I know it is rare for a horse to hurt another animal, but Cody is a yearling stallion so I couldn't be sure. All I can say now is "Phew!", and I'm very thankful that my horses are so gentle and calm. They both got lots of hugs and pets after that, and I don't think Nellie will be wandering into their field again.