Dogs on the Trail - Page 3 - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 33 Old 01-26-2010, 03:21 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Florida, GA line
Posts: 1,249
• Horses: 2
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).
lacyloo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 33 Old 01-26-2010, 07:14 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 1,282
• Horses: 4
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.
Painted Horse is offline  
post #23 of 33 Old 01-26-2010, 07:21 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Western Pa
Posts: 201
• Horses: 3
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....

"Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious."
skittle1120 is offline  
post #24 of 33 Old 01-26-2010, 07:27 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Western Pa
Posts: 201
• Horses: 3
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

"Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious."
skittle1120 is offline  
post #25 of 33 Old 01-26-2010, 08:30 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sonoran desert
Posts: 698
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwigirl View Post
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. :)

Rachel

dashygirl is offline  
post #26 of 33 Old 01-28-2010, 11:24 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 1,615
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacyloo View Post
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.)
jamesqf is offline  
post #27 of 33 Old 02-08-2010, 10:41 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: TN
Posts: 744
• Horses: 4
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.
SmoothTrails is offline  
post #28 of 33 Old 03-29-2010, 07:06 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 670
• Horses: 0
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.

Last edited by ilyTango; 03-29-2010 at 07:09 PM.
ilyTango is offline  
post #29 of 33 Old 03-29-2010, 10:52 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 366
• Horses: 0
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.

Trails
www.TrailMeister.com
The Largest Source of Validated horse trail information
Trails is offline  
post #30 of 33 Old 03-29-2010, 11:01 PM
twh
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 395
• Horses: 0
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!
twh is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Taking dogs on the trail snoggle Trail Riding 24 09-11-2009 02:00 PM
Our dogs... RoCru Other Pets 11 08-20-2009 08:07 PM
Two dogs horsepainter Other Pets 1 06-10-2009 08:43 PM
Dogs? firemom1 General Off Topic Discussion 15 07-21-2008 03:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome