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post #1 of 12 Old 03-05-2011, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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What does your horse do with your other pets?

I have boxer and a banseji/daushaund mix that I bring with me to the barn.... if the boys (the dogs) are in my car, Citrus likes to sniff at them ( he is curious by nature) but my boxer is terrified of my horse.... if I let him, the boxer, Cactus, would bite Citrus, the horse.... Cactus moves his head but keeps his eye on Citrus....but Cactus has that "I will bite" look in his eye- which is usually a blank stare.... LOL

However, if the boys (dogs) are out of the car, the three of them walk along happily and have even gone on trail rides together..... Tiger, who thinks the world is going to kill him, especially after his coyote attack a month ago, likes to stay at Ctirus' heels.... Citrus does not mind but I fear the day when Citrus kick out....

So how do your non-horse pets react to your horse pet??

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-05-2011, 10:16 PM
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I have a Sheltie, a breed that herds by nature. They've been known to herd children in their family. That being said, my dog has tried to herd our horses since she was tiny. She's still tiny (at only 20 lbs) and she's much older now (just turned 11 years in December), but she still tries to herd them, nipping at their heels and sometimes jumping up to catch their tail. I've tried everything I can think of to break this habit, but once she gets that herding mindset on, there's nothing that can distract her.

My mare, Ginger, could care less most days. Sabrina, my Sheltie, is more or less a fly on Ginger's radar. She only really pays attention to Sabrina when I have grain, and she's at the other end of the pasture. Then all Sabrina has to do is run once behind her, barking, and Ginger will tear out across the field.

Duncan, who will be a year old this month, is a little different. He likes to play with Sabrina, and my poor dog just doesn't want to play back. Once she was sniffing at the ground when Duncan came up behind her to investigate. As soon as Sabrina realized she was being sniffed at by a horse she jumped and bolted. Duncan followed, bucking and running to catch up. Now every time he sees Sabrina in the pasture, and he's not distracted by grain, he runs up to her. I don't think she reciprocates his feelings, because she usually runs to the other side of the fence. Hahaha.
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All of our dogs were raised around horses so mostly they aren't afraid of them. However, we have Border Collies that are used for cattle work so their prey drive is always cranked up to 11. They try to herd the horses occasionally, but mostly the horses just ignore them. If any of them start nipping or getting too close, though, Dobe will not hesitate to go on the offensive and chase them off.

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-05-2011, 10:42 PM
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Shay-la has a border collie that I have to watch around Zierra, after a couple of vindictive brats were getting their Jack Russell after her at a past boarding barn. Ever since, she won't hesitate to go after a dog if she feels threatened, and Tika is known for nipping their heels and trying to herd them (only when we're on the ground, she's fine if we're riding them).

Jynxy however, ADORES Tika. And oddly enough, usually Tika is "afraid" of the horses, but she will let Jynxy whuffle her back and rub her nose on her. Tika also likes walking RIGHT on their heels in winter, and Jynxy is one of the few horses who could care less - it actually really surprised me our first time out! Justus was getting TICKED with Tika behind her and trying to get away, so we put her behind Jynx and we were find for the rest of the ride!

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-06-2011, 09:55 AM
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My horse hates my dog Sarge, he's a Rottweiler, Pitbull mix and is the most sweetest thing but, Beau just doesn't want any part of him. He'll pin his ears back, bare his teeth and go after Sarge. Especially if he's grazing and Sarge runs out to play with him and check him out. Nu-uh.

Beau likes my cat though

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-06-2011, 09:58 AM
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High Five will chase any animal that is not a horse. The barn cat will go out there and sit under him, and he will strreeetccchh his nose down to try and smell it. It's really cute actually.

Gracie is terrified of animals that are smaller than her. The cat will go out there and she takes off like an elephant that's seen a mouse.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-06-2011, 10:22 AM
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When I had pets, I found T, my mare, could care less. If the dog decided to chase, she (T) would run or simply stop and ignore. I'm sure she was sending telepathic messages to the dog "come one step closer and I'll shut that yap permanently".

Walka, deep sigh, simply doesn't know how strong he is. He is very sweet and curious, but unfortunately, has killed a rabbit and loves to chase dogs. It isn't done in malice, he simply doesn't comprehend how big and strong he is. He is the one that will allow the wild turkeys to share his pasture and then start herding them until they all take flight. Then it is a race!

I personally wouldn't trust him with anything small, only because he likes to "touch" things. Those large hooves are not forgiving.

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-06-2011, 11:21 AM
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I don't have dogs but my neighbours do. Their gentler, sweet dog comes over from time to time but if she gets in the field with my ponehs, my girl Dai will go after her. Bebe, the dog, is not aggressive at all, she doesn't chase Dai...she just likes to wander through the field sniffin' the smells with tail a' waggin'. She doesn't even have to get to close before Dai starts after her.

It's kind of strange because Dai is the most timid horse I have ever met...other than with dogs, there is not an aggressive bone in nor hair on her.
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My horse likes to nuzzle cats, but if a dog comes in her paddock she will charge them. She cannot stand dogs, and a pack of stray dogs come up and harass her every so often which kinda worries me. But I shot my .22 near them, and they haven't been back since.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-06-2011, 11:55 AM
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My horse loves the barn cats... A little too much. He tries to groom them like horses do to each other... with his teeth. I'm always terrified he's going to hurt them, because the cats skins are so much more lose that that of a horse so he gets a mouth full. The cats like to rub on his legs and walk around under him, which terrifies me that they will get stepped on.

Siaga and the dog mostly ignore each other. They pretend the other does not exist.

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