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        01-26-2010, 03:21 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    My dogs are great on the trail (my property) and either stay in front or behind. They come when called and never run off. I especially like having them with me in the summer to warn me of snakes.

    I hate people who let their dogs roam free. Its dangerous especially if they try to bite you or the horse. I told my neighbor last summer that if her dogs EVER came onto my property again to attack my horses that I would shoot them dead. She knows I wasn't jocking and I haven't seen the dogs since. (I'm assuming she penned them up because they still bark).
         
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        01-26-2010, 07:14 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Every Labor day, I join some friends for a camp out. We ride several hours back into the wilderness and set up camp. This group of friends all bring their dogs and it's almost as many dogs as people. I don't own any dogs. So this is the chance for my horses to get exposed to dogs.

    These dogs are all over the place. In front of the horses, off to the left and right with their noses to the ground, some are right behind the horse and some under foot. I have no idea how they survive and don't get stepped on. But it's not my problem. Horse seem just fine with the dogs running around as out riders. Dogs seem quick enough to not get stepped on.

    So I agree with Kiwigril. Let them teach each other.
         
        01-26-2010, 07:21 AM
      #23
    Foal
    My Aussie Shepherd rides out with me every time I ride.... He got a pretty nasty kick to the head when he was about 9 months old, though it was more my fault then his, so now whenever the horses act up he tries to herd them to correct them for me.... Other then that he's a good trail dog and I won't ride without him when I'm by myself or just have a friend with me.... I've never taken him on a big ride though.... I'm curious to see how he'd behave....
         
        01-26-2010, 07:27 AM
      #24
    Foal
    I forgot to add, sometimes when I ride on my property, I find my cat likes to follow along on the rides too... I think she's looking for chipmunks the dog kicks out
         
        01-26-2010, 08:30 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
    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 like this. :)
         
        01-28-2010, 11:24 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lacyloo    
    I told my neighbor last summer that if her dogs EVER came onto my property again to attack my horses that I would shoot them dead
    Of course the problem with that is what happens when, just for an instance, a windstorm blows down part of the fence, and the neighbor comes home to find your horses munching on her garden. (Something that did in fact happen to me once, though fortunately the horses and I were pretty good buddies by then, so I just led them home and propped up the fence.)
         
        02-08-2010, 10:41 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    I love having dogs out on the trail. They don't go with us anywhere other than the rides around our house though because I wouldn't trust them not to try to "protect" us. We have one who is just learning her way around horses, and she gets shuffled into and kicked regularly while she learns. She is a yellow lab, and doesn't understand that stopping in front of the horses to get closer to the people is not ok.

    I will agree with one poster that it helps having dogs jump in and out of bushes. It gets the horses used to unexpected things popping in and out. My horses normally calm down a great deal after realizing that they don't die even when dogs and deer pop out under thier noses.

    I always find the unexpected is a good way to get horses more bombproof. My horse that I had to sell got to where he would chase deer if they popped out under him instead of running from them. Any horse I ride starts out the ride by herding one of the dogs around so they understand that the dogs won't hurt them. Its the same way I deal with most scary things that move; follow it, get used to it, then learn to ignore it.
         
        03-29-2010, 07:06 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Haven't gone out on the trails-yet-but around home our two dogs (Border collie & Jack Russell) are pretty respectful of the horses. The BC, Nina, got kicked by a Percheron (like, football-booted across the field) a few years ago and she knows very well to stay out of the way. Casey (the Jack) is just terrified because the horse is so much bigger than her, but she usually just trots alongside. I don't know how they'll act when I go out-most likely they'll just run ahead and hunt and sniff around, but there's no way I'm ever stopping for a dog-and both of ours have learned that. The horse has always been fine with dogs, though. She doesn't react to them running under her feet and barking and playing.
         
        03-29-2010, 10:52 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    When we're riding in a group our dog stays in the trailer. When we ride on our own we usually take the dog with us.

    I don't worry too much about other people's dogs on the trail. Both of our horses are inclined to bite or kick a dog if they get a chance. They've taught a few overly eager mutts to stay away from them.

    That being said there's a good reason why most organized rides do not allow dogs. It's dangerous.
         
        03-29-2010, 11:01 PM
      #30
    twh
    Weanling
    My friends always bring their dogs out on the trails, and my horse is pretty much oblivious to dogs.

    This year, I'm hauling my Golden out with me, whether he likes it or not!
         

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