Thinking of becoming a dog murderer...
I love dogs until I'm not on a horse. Then I hate them. They're fine as long as they bark and then run after me and my horse and try to bite her. Then I know that they are there and horse knows it too. No problems. They can follow as long as they want. Just let us know you are there and you have intentions to attack.
But I hate it when a calm, seems to be sleeping neighbour's dog suddenly bolts under my horse. After I passed him 20 times. It gives me a heart attack and you can say that it scares my horse too.
And then the spy dogs... You are riding calmly on a road, on one side uphill. And suddenly something jumps down on the road from the uphill side without any warning and starts to bark and trying to bite horse on the leg. It would give me a heart attack if I was without horse, but since I'm on it, I try to think how lucky I am that the dog didn't jump on the horse while I'm trying to stay on and calm the horse or get rid of the jumping dog.
The dogs are making my trail rides miserable... :(
I can relate! I love dogs, especially my own but our neighbors dogs have chased, barked, bit at my horse's legs one too many times. I went and had a friendly discussion with the owners & they didn't have much to offer in the way of handling their dogs, so it ended with an agreement. If they attack my horses, I mace them. Did it once, they tuck tail and go home when they see me on horseback now.
I felt awful doing it, but I'm not going to have torn up legs & vet bills because they can't keep their dogs in their yard.
This is a good idea :) Mare already kicked one and he is behaving now, but some others are just to quick for her :P
I just wish there was a way to prevent them from jumping suddenly behind my horses. I want a magic flute that would annoy dogs, but not horses :P
Dogs aren't too much trouble for my horse and I. My horse doesn't seriously believe that her kind is a fighty, plant eating species. She spins around, lays her ears back, and bares her teeth at dogs. If the footing is good, we're game to chase some mutts.
At the equestrian park here in town, people in the neighborhoods nearby take their dogs on walks through the cross country course. *headdesk*
We HAVE a dog park. For dogs. This is the HORSE park.
Keep your dog on a leash around the horses and out from under my feet, please.
I'd like to see those people on the horse while their dogs are chasing them... My neighbours even don't try to call their dog back. They just watch and smile. Well, they didn't today when I lost my nerves and yelled at their dog that ran away like a puppy :P I wish I could always win so easily, but dogs don't obey always...
I especially despise when people bring dogs to shows and let them have free rein to run around the showgrounds.
Pellet guns work wonders :)
I can totally relate. My dogs are all completely well trained and two of our neighbors let us use their trails to ride on but Im terrified to go on them. There are eight houses on our private wooded drive and the two houses to our left let us use their trails. Well the second house has two dogs, one from our litter and another small crazy dog that jumps on you all the time. You will be riding along quietly on their trail and all of a sudden theyll come rushing at you barking and everything. Its so SCARYYY!! My sister fell of her horse once. The dogs used to stay back but now they arent afraid to come up and try to bite the horses legs. Now I can't even ride on the neighbors trails next to us either because they come onto their land too...they have even come as far as my trails...its scary.
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