Not true at all. All of my neighbors have dogs. Loose dogs. Loose dogs that bark and growl and approach, chase in some cases, my horses when I'm riding down the road. My horses are trained to trust me and go forward, even when their instinct might tell them to run away and get the hell out of there.. Barking, growling dog = threat. However, as a reasonable person, I understand that my horse and I are near their turf. I understand that dogs often protect what's theirs.. Which is why I ask my horse to go forward and ignore the dog. Until they become a threat. Then, as far as most horses are concerned, its fight or flight and frankly, where an aggressive dog is concerned, I'd rather have a horse inclined to go after it than run away. I don't know if you've ever been on a runaway horse, but it is dangerous. If a horse feels its life is threatened, no amount of one-rein stops will stop it. When a dog is in the thrill of the chase, it probably won't stop either. My dogs (that I love) leave my horses alone and my horses leave my dogs alone. Do they respect each other? No.. My horses just accept them and my dogs have learned to stay out of the way. My horses accept other dogs because I expect that of them when I'm handling them. Many other dogs haven't learned to stay out of the way. I ride by my neighbors' places probably 4 or 5 days out of the week.. For the last 10 years (granted most have had new dogs since then, through no fault of my horses). Their dogs still come to the road and approach my horses. I will continue to chase them off when they come too close until their dogs are either trained (by the owners) to respect horses or trained (by me and my horse) to stay out of the way.
Originally Posted by colocityboy
PS the dogs are stock animal friendly, including horses. Short of pack mentality over riding training they will not hassle other horse. But I will not tolorate the reversed either. Advise?
ETA; I have never had a dog of mine killed by a horse. I've also never had a horse of mine injured by my own dog. I do have enough sense to realize that most dogs are not used to having horses around.. So some "bad" behavior is to be expected really. However, no matter how many times I chase my neighbors dogs down, their dogs are still
agressive and approach my horses. I think it probably will come down to the dog getting scared enough to leave them alone, which might mean they stepped on, but really, what's the alternative? I'm not about to start avoiding riding where there might be dogs.