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post #31 of 77 Old 04-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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One more thing...I encounter LOTS of dogs...of all shapes and sizes. Some are penned or leashed but there are plenty of loose dogs who will rush at you. So make sure your horse will be ok with that. I have had a couple of close encounters...although I believe 99% of dogs are friendly I have actually had one attack my horse once. Thank heavens we got out of there quickly and no one (canine or equine) was seriously hurt. My horse was a LIFESAVER, despite the scary situation he never panicked. I ended up having to jump from his back and chase the dog away.

I also had two dogs rush me (last week) like they were going to attack (no barking) but they ended up chickening out when my mustang turned and postured...(as if he was going to take them on himself lol) And just yesterday we had a JRT take off out of someone's yard and after us - straight across a busy road. A car came flying over the hill at that point and although we were well off the road the dog wasn't and we had to shout and wave at the driver to stop. The dog completely ignored his owner (who was attempting to retrieve him)...we had to break away by galloping in the opposite direction before he finally turned back and went home.
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One more thing...I encounter LOTS of dogs...of all shapes and sizes. Some are penned or leashed but there are plenty of loose dogs who will rush at you. So make sure your horse will be ok with that. I have had a couple of close encounters...although I believe 99% of dogs are friendly I have actually had one attack my horse once. Thank heavens we got out of there quickly and no one (canine or equine) was seriously hurt. My horse was a LIFESAVER, despite the scary situation he never panicked. I ended up having to jump from his back and chase the dog away.

I also had two dogs rush me (last week) like they were going to attack (no barking) but they ended up chickening out when my mustang turned and postured...(as if he was going to take them on himself lol) And just yesterday we had a JRT take off out of someone's yard and after us - straight across a busy road. A car came flying over the hill at that point and although we were well off the road the dog wasn't and we had to shout and wave at the driver to stop. The dog completely ignored his owner (who was attempting to retrieve him)...we had to break away by galloping in the opposite direction before he finally turned back and went home.
Loose dogs are an issue with me also. 3 of my neighbors have dogs right up the road from me that chase cars. The owners are sitting on their deck watching their freaking dogs chase cars down the road. Really? It's not the dogs issue it's the owners. I had a Pittbull, (nothing against them, I've met really good ones) and another dog come running up on me from behind. I'm not scared of many dogs but my horses doesn't have that Mustang toughness. I jumped off and my dog tried to protect us. Which also made me worry about her safety with it being an unattended Pit. The owner showed up in a few minutes and called the dogs back. Super scary, but not sure how to prepare a horse for that!
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post #33 of 77 Old 04-02-2012, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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post #34 of 77 Old 04-02-2012, 06:28 AM
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Our horses are kept a 5 minute ride from the city. We ride along highways, into town, we rode to the mall once. We ride to the local takeaway for lunch, to the lake for a picnic, i've ridden to my house and friends houses.

Main thing is, know your horse, and know your own reactions. Most accidents I have seen are when the person freaks out or gets nervous and the horse picks up on it. I have stood on a traffic island in the middle of a road while a bus pulled up about a metre in front of my horses nose - I sat there like nothing was wrong and he reached out to sniff the bus - Yep, an Arab :o Lol!

Know how to settle your horse if they get worked up, know how to relax and bluff your way through a scary situation, know how NOT to tense up and grab ahold with reins and legs, know how to divert your horses attention to a different tak is something happens. Basically, have a well trained horse, a capable rider, and know your horse. You can't control what other people do but you can control how you and your horse react.
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post #35 of 77 Old 04-02-2012, 08:51 AM
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Choose your road carefully.

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post #36 of 77 Old 04-02-2012, 10:39 AM
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Painted Horse, I think we all want to run away to Utah now.

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post #37 of 77 Old 04-02-2012, 06:05 PM
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Sorry, Couldn't resist. I don't ride on roads much, So the few I do, don't have much traffic. More often than not they are dirt or gravel.



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I'm moving to Utah...............

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post #39 of 77 Old 04-02-2012, 11:23 PM
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No No, Don't move. We have too many people already, Just come visit and spend tourist dollars
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That sounds familiar Painted Horse:

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