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post #1 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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HELP!-dog aggressive horse

I have a problem I have never encountered before. My three year old gelding is very aggressive toward dogs. I have 3 mini dachshunds, and the other day I had Cody in the yard grazing, and my elderly dachshund wandered out into the yard. Cody went after her, chasing her and striking at her with his front feet, and it was horrifying. He very nearly got her, but she ran under the deck just in time I really don't want my dogs (or anyone else's) getting hurt, but am not really sure how to handle this. I suspect he wasn't being vicious, rather he thought it was a game, because his ears were not pinned, they were right forward like he was very interested and curious, but it is a deadly game and I really want to put a stop to it. If anyone else has had this problem or can suggest ways to stop it I would really appreciate the help.
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post #2 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 03:07 AM
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Im gonna subscribe because i aint heard of a way to stop this before.. the only solution i know is dont let your dogs around the horse, lol.
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My yearling started doing this when I first brought my four dogs over (all the size ranges, two small, one medium and one large dog) and he would chase, mostly the large dog, around with his head low and toss his head at her. Usually this is while she was walking around sniffing or sitting against my leg. When he came up with such a demeanor, I would focus his attention on me and then quickly send him away until he finally approached me(thus the dog) politely.

Until he would approach kindly, I would ease his attention to the dog and allow him to approach her until he became playful/aggressive, in which I would send him away again. This would learn him that if he liked to be near me or the dog, he had to be "polite" about it or he would be sent away.

My big dog does not have a problem nipping the horses on the muzzle if they get to rough, but with little dogs I would suggest a more controlled setting..

You could halter the horse and hold the dog and allow the horse to sniff the dog and if he acts up, reprimand him and once he has returned to a positive disposition, allow him to return. Continue until he is fine with you holding the dog. Then you can move to placing the dog on the ground and so forth.

It's about exposing him and showing him that playing/aggression toward the dogs is not acceptable.

I hope this is an option that helps. :)
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post #4 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 06:56 AM
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The horse is seeing the dog as a predator, which it is. A horse sees well for about the first 12 feet then after that things start to get a little blurry. You are going to have to keep an eye on the dogs. To the horse it is self preservation.
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post #5 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 07:17 AM
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My mare is aggressive too.

But, I flipped the situation. I took the youngest dog that will chase them in the pasture and we chased him. I did not let her bite him, but she had pinned ears and snaked her head once or twice. Fine with me. The dog ran ans finally squeezed under the fence and stayed there. She's perfectly fine around the other dogs that just lay around though, she'll nose them with her ears up.

Other dogs that she's never seen before she threatens to kick, but knows better than to actually throw the kick.

The chasing (walk/trot) gave her confidence that she could move the dog without kicking at it. She's not bothered much by him now and continues on with whatever she's doing, field, inhand, or undersaddle.

Obviously this would work much better woth larger dogs, but if he listens to you 100% in the saddle, I'm not sure why you couldn't do the same. May or may not help. But, it could show him that just by moving toward the dog (without teeth or hooves) will make it leave. No need to exert so much energy when all he has to do is walk that way a bit.
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post #6 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 08:07 AM
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Oddly enough my mare chases and tries to hurt my shepherd, but allow the Doberman to lay in the stall with her. Honestly, how did I solve this? Harley the shepherd got to close for comfort, she kicked at him, I backed her up verbally with a Harley leave it, and he now knows better. It's like chasing cars, don't try to teach the car not to be there, teach the dog the car isn't his to bother.
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post #7 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 08:13 AM
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Market her as is,
"Got dog problems?" "Well I got the horse for you"
I am sure I'm not the only one that would be more than happy with a dog aggressive horse.
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post #8 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I did try the introduction with dog on leash and horse in halter, and reprimanded him and made him back away when he got too close, but will have to keep doing it I guess. My dogs do not chase or bark at the horses, she was completely ignoring him when this happened. It is possible he has been chased by dogs before, I don't know. But my fear is that one of the dogs will wander into the field, or a neighbors dog. I would also like to be able to bring Cody into the yard to graze, without having to constantly supervise things. I still think he sees it as play, as he is a very playful horse. I am thinking of getting a couple of chickens and using those to train him, rather than risking my dog's life, because I believe he will do the same with any small animal! It sounds a bit mean, but chickens can fly out of the way!
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post #9 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 10:14 AM
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Train it with a stuffed animal and a fishing pole with heavy line. It works just use yer imagination
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post #10 of 49 Old 05-01-2013, 10:18 AM
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I had a mare that picked up one of my Rottweiler's with her teeth and tossed her over the 5 foot fence. I wouldn't have thought it possible had I not seen it myself. The dog survived but never went in the pasture again. If this horse wants the dog dead, it will be if it gets too close. Good luck.
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