Originally Posted by shandasue
I did this for the first time 2 days ago. I was going to a tradeday and my dog went with me. Its about 3 miles on trails and 1 1/2 on hardtop, then a short dirt road. When we were close I put him on a leash because there are alot of dogs there. He done alright because he is so good on a leash when im on the ground but he wanted to walk alittle to close to my horse. And he had to switch sides because he always walks on my right side and he was on the left. He went behind her so it was no problem. If he would have went underneth her I would have just droped the rope. My horse doesnt care what ya do although she does hate dogs but she ushally wont be aggresive to other animals while i'm on her. Doing that could be very dangerous though. Get your dog very well leash trained first then do it from your horse and be sure she's comfortable that close to your horse. When we are on hard top he's ushally off the road but when a vehicle comes I make him get on the inside away from the car beside me and hold my hand down like I would if I had a leash, but there is no leash and he stays. Oh and my horse will neck rein so its easy with one hand, the dog is also 8 months old.
Can someone tell me more about the vibrating collar? I'v never heard of it before and sounds like it would be muuch help. My dog gets destracted alot and that would be a much easyer way to get his mind off other things.
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I'd be careful about dropping the lead too.. it might turn okay 90% of the time, but I've also seen a dog stepped on when the horse stepped on the lead and the dog got trapped.
For vibrating collars, I recommend Dogtra or Tritronics (Tritonics is a little more expensive though). Don't buy a cheap brand as it won't be worth it in the long run (battery life, range, consistency and overall length of life). Vibration Collars from Dogtra.
are some of there's new, expensive but worth it.
Mine is an electric/vibrating but I just use the vibrating option. The collar is completely waterproof, which is good because my dog likes to go swim in the creek, and the remote is mostly waterproof (for rain). I bought mine used for $75 and I have not regretted it, it's been a life saver.