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        01-21-2010, 07:17 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Poor Skip! Can't blame her for not wanting to go anymore. Sounds like she was a well behaved trail dog though.

    I have little patience for dogs that cross directly in front of my horse. I usually haul T up short to avoid trampling them, but I am rethinking this maneuver. Since T is losing her sight, I think I'll just let her step all over the dog, and if the owner has a problem with it, I'll just remind them it's a HORSE CLUB trail ride, not a dog club one. And poor T can't see well anyways! (yeah, I talk tough, but I'll just keep hauling her up short so as not to hurt the dog)
         
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        01-21-2010, 07:27 PM
      #12
    Trained
    ^ oh definitely - Part of the reason Skip was so good is that when she was young, my horses didn't attacl her, but also didn't stop for her. If she was doing stupid things (under their legs, etc.) they would run her off, but if she was in a good spot, they left her alone.

    I know - It's so disappointing that I can't take her out now, and she gets so much less excercise.
         
        01-21-2010, 09:53 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I havent trail rode with my guy yet, but have been working on desencitizeing him to stuff we see on the trails, including my dog. He hates dogs because the last barn he was at the trainers dogs would chase and nip at them in the pasture. Jag my husky is all over the place but will stay away from horses. One minute he's there and the next he's gone and pops up on the other side. It has helped Fed tremendously for not spooking at every little bit of movement. I wouldn't dream of taking him if he tried to nip or bark at the horses.
         
        01-21-2010, 09:59 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    We have a 9 month old Collie I am trying to get comfortable enough to go out with me. He was fine but then he got zapped on the nose by the electric tape on the paddocks and gets nervous out at the barn but is getting better with regular visits. Our trails are private and our barn is small enough I know when people are out on them. He's very attentive and respectful of horses so he knows how to keep his distance but still listen.
         
        01-22-2010, 08:01 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    CecilliaB, sounds like you have the makings of a good trail dog. He doesn't see nipping and chasing horses as a sport. Also, listening to your verbal commands is so very key, especially when you are way up top on a horse.

    Only nine months old. So lucky to have many years of riding together in your future. Miss having a good trail dog. No time in my life for one now, but hopefully in the future that will change.

    I've heard of some people putting a bell on the dogs collar so they can hear where he is at all times. Have any tried this? I know when I ride alone I have one on my horse for different reasons of course.
         
        01-22-2010, 12:25 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Walkamile- The idea of the bell is a really fantastic idea! I am going to find one this weekend for him.

    He's the best dog I have ever owned. My children lay on him when they watch movies, play with his ears, my daughter always hugs him from behind and he puts up with it all. He's pretty close in personality to the Lassie portrayed in the old shows and movies ;)
         
        01-24-2010, 10:09 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I don't really have any stories per-say, but I would like to say that I do like having a dog go with me. A good dog, that is. I don't own a dog myself, but several of my friends do and they bring them with on the trails.

    I feel like a dog helps keep me more in-check with my surroundings. It's easy to relax and put your guard down if you're just plotting along nicely and listening to the birds. But a dog will be sniffing about, checking out the trail ahead of you, etc. Often times I've had a dog see things before me or my horse because he was way ahead of us on the trail and let me know there was something up there.

    But that's just me.
         
        01-24-2010, 04:17 PM
      #18
    Banned
    My dog after a hard day on the trail
         
        01-24-2010, 07:52 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    LOL! So there's a dog under all that hair, eh?

    Very cute! Many times it's those little guys that are fiercer than the big ones.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:26 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    I love having a dog to take out with an unconfident horse, my young QHx found things a lot less scary after Bosley my Choc Lab had peed all over them. My philosophy on horses and dogs together is let them train themselves, I don't get involved. If Boz wants to be stupid enough to walk in front of my horse she has every right to walk over him. If he was stupid enough ( and he Never has been) to try and nip her heels she has every right to kick him. I was doing stock work a fortnight ago, the guy I was with had seven working dogs with him, he expects his dogs to get kicked if they get to close to the horses legs and they generally don't. I ignore them and so does my horse.

    I have encountered a townie walking her three dogs and she was concerned that her dogs would go my horse, I just reassured her that if they did she would kick them to death and I would let her. She got control of those dogs really quick.
         

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