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post #11 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 08:51 AM
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While we were riding down the road, my mare kicked the snot out of a neighbor's dog one time. The whole side of his head swelled up and it looked awful - but it was just nasty bruising and the dog was healed up after a couple of weeks. Neighbor was furious and called the sheriff out, thinking I would be in trouble. He got a ticket for violating the state leash law. Ticket was only $50, but it was enough to get his attention. He kept his dog up after that.

It's funny, because the leash law isn't usually enforced out our way - guess the obnoxious guy really ticked the deputy off.
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post #12 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 09:08 AM
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Our neighborhood doesn't have any really mean dogs. One of our friends was attacked by two pit bulls when he was on his horse. The horse was severely startled and he ended up falling off and getting hurt really badly. The horse stayed and protected him from the dogs. Dogs like that should not be loose. I think that there is a law suit against the dog owners pending.

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post #13 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 09:13 AM
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While we were riding down the road, my mare kicked the snot out of a neighbor's dog one time. The whole side of his head swelled up and it looked awful - but it was just nasty bruising and the dog was healed up after a couple of weeks. Neighbor was furious and called the sheriff out, thinking I would be in trouble. He got a ticket for violating the state leash law. Ticket was only $50, but it was enough to get his attention. He kept his dog up after that.

It's funny, because the leash law isn't usually enforced out our way - guess the obnoxious guy really ticked the deputy off.
I think every state has laws that say you have to keep your dog on a leash if it's off your property. Toss in deputies that get annoyed about wasting their time on calls like this and someone is going to get a ticket.
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post #14 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 04:45 PM
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Face off with the dog first. Like you know, they less aggressive ones will back down. If it doesn't, chase it. Sometimes just walking towards it is enough, other times you'll really have to get after it. Its always kind of awkward when the owner is around, but if their dog is off the leash (or out of the yard), they're the ones in the wrong, in most circumstances.

Once at a state park on a trail ride, a large German Shepard came after our horses.. He wouldn't back off so I got my gelding after him. The dog wasn't quick enough and he got stomped pretty good.. Right as the owner comes around the corner talking on her cell phone. She was furious and threatened to call the cops on me.. Etc.. Until I pointed out that her dog was not on a leash and she was the one violating any laws.

I don't know about the vinegar and spray bottle.. You'd have to keep it at the ready which I think would be a pretty big inconvenience, honestly. I also wouldn't want to let a dog get near enough to reach it with a whip, unless my horse was chasing it down.. That's just my take on it.
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post #15 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 04:59 PM
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I would think that you could put the vinegar and water in a water gun and it would be easier to carry than a water bottle.

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post #16 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 07:20 PM
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I also yell "GO HOME" to try and get the dogs to go away but if they don't we teach our horses to chase them too. It takes some practice, but once the horses understand the dogs will run they seem to enjoy it :).

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post #17 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 09:58 PM
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Generally I face the dog and yell at it, telling it to "Git" or "go home". However that sometimes doesn't work and you have to get aggressive. We do teach our horses to go after the dogs if needed. Having said that though, be prepared for a fight with a dog that won't back off. The scariest situation I had was with a pit bull who would not back off, even when my horse was basically on top of him. Finally got him to back off but not without some wounds to him and my horse as well. Never did find the owner, luckily my horse had rabies shots already. From that point on I have considered carrying a gun. Probably a good idea really, I think I will from now on!
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post #18 of 118 Old 07-31-2012, 10:49 PM
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We've been lucky. All the dogs we've encountered have turned back when we've yelled at them or started walking towards them with the horses. My first pony LOVED chasing dogs, I had to hold her back ;)

Thinking about it now though, figuring out what to do if they don't turn back is a good idea. I don't know why I never thought of it. We have 2 English shepherds that don't bother our horses, but I know if I met 2 similar dogs that weren't trained and didn't know us, our yelling at them or turning our horses towards them would be nothing but a challenge that they'd answer.

When there's more than one dog they tend to be a lot harder to get to back down anyway...
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post #19 of 118 Old 08-01-2012, 12:14 AM
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I've never had a problem with loose dogs before. I usually ride with my dog unless it's a group and either my dog or horse has been enough to deter any animal that's bothering us.

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post #20 of 118 Old 08-01-2012, 12:25 AM
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Like others have said, face off with the dog first and if that doesn't chase him off, then charge him (I prefer to charge at a nice long trot or a lope, that way he doesn't really have time to aim a bite before he gets trampled LOL). There are several things you can carry to ward off an aggressive dog ranging from the vinegar in a squirt gun to a can of stream style pepper spray, though that's a bit more dangerous because if your aim is off, it will really hurt your horse too. I prefer to carry a gun and if the dog won't stop advancing, I'll just shoot it.

However, I know not everyone lives in an area where you can carry a gun, nor does everyone want to. As far as I know, though, air pistols that shoot either BBs or pellets are not illegal anywhere (double check your local laws to be sure, though) and they would inflict some serious pain without actually being deadly....normally. Plus, they aren't nearly as loud as a real gun and probably wouldn't get you bucked off LOL.

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