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        11-21-2013, 12:37 PM
    Green Broke
    If the horse gets a chance to, that dog will be toast under her front feet. Just the way it is. The dog is interacting in the photo in a confident I won't back off way and the horse is reacting with the attitude that you will back off if I don't kill you with my front feet.

    Riding should be fine.. if the HORSE is trained well and YOU are a good rider and can make the horse pay attention to YOU. Loose? Keep the dog(s) out of the horse pasture. Horses will kill dogs.

    I have had horses that would never lay a hoof on a fox hound out fox hunting that would kill a dog (any dog) loose in the horse pasture.

    You will NEVER trust this mare with that dog. I will never trust ANY horse with ANY dog.
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        11-21-2013, 12:38 PM
    ALL of our horses MUST accept dogs in and around their area. The only exception is in the horses stall. I say this because I live in an area where stray and free ranging dogs are the norm, and it is just part of life. Also most if not all of our horses are used to some extent or another to work bird dogs. And I have 2 rather large livestock guard dogs that are everywhere on our farm.

    I have found that introducing the dog and horse through the fence, or on lead leaves too much of the situation in your hands, as the moderator, or alpha..... My suggestion, which has worked for ALL 17 of our horses plus a few burried out back, and at least a hundred dogs that have come and gone from our place, is to let the dog and horse figure things out on their own. If you have a big enough pasture id say let them intermingle on their own. I promise within a short period of time the dog and horse will work out a set of boundries they can both live with. The only thing is that you need to be sure that the dog is smart enough, and fast enough to get out of the way if your horse decides to charge. They will never feel eachother out with you dictating every encounter.

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        11-21-2013, 12:42 PM
    Based on that photo, the only thing that dog and horse will be 'feeling each other out' on will be the death of that dog by that horse.

    I had a horse who hated dogs. He would eagerly stomp any canine slow and stupid enough to get in his way. Not my fault if someone's dog is allowed to roam free and my horse decides to make pate out of it. You don't want your dog in danger, don't let it roam.
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        11-21-2013, 02:56 PM
    Green Broke
    I don't have any advice, but wanted to throw in that I used to lease a jumper that HATED dogs. The dogs (all small, yip yip dogs...) would try to chase him when I would turn him out.
    They learned not to do that REAL fast.
        11-21-2013, 03:54 PM
    I don't have much advice either, I have horses and I have a dog, and every one gets along, Nova (the dog) got kicked once by a horse so she respects there boundaries now. I used to have a mare that was labeled "the dog killer" if she was out in pasture and not being handled and there was a dog out there she would charge at them and literally stomp them. Under saddle or being handled from the ground the mare kept her manners and would listen to me and not harm the dogs, but as soon as she was put back to pasture if there was a dog around she was after it. Needless to say we never had a fox or coyote problem lol. Point being some horses just plain and simple don't like dogs. If you value your dog or fear for its safety keep it at home.
        11-21-2013, 06:13 PM
    The dog Kuruk looks threatening in this photo to a few people who responded here, so let me explain that he is part malamute (curled tail) and that his ears folded back is a very sweet submissive expression for him! If he was threatening (intense excited predatory testy playful aggressive) his ears stand pointed up so stiff that it wrinkles his forehead and makes his eyes beady. I swear my dog's ears pinned means the opposite of my horse's ears pinned!

    On that note, Kuruk does love to greet the horses, sniff noses over the fence etc. The filly Koosah comes up to greet him too and puts her head way down over the gate to hang out with him. He is just sweet and gentle with her (as he is around cats, birds, and other creatures) Sahale want's to boss him, to put him in his place, all of her body language is alpha mare stuff.

    I suppose time is the answer here....

    dog, friends, get along, horse, trust

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