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        05-30-2013, 08:36 PM
      #61
    Foal
    You both seem to be dog owners I wouldn't mind passing.
         
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        05-30-2013, 08:44 PM
      #62
    Green Broke
    Personally, I'd simply walk the dog and ride the horse at separate times.
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        05-30-2013, 08:48 PM
      #63
    Green Broke
    Dog owners are like parents. No dog owner or parent ever thinks Theirs is the problem.
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        05-31-2013, 12:38 AM
      #64
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Northernstar    
    Personally, I'd simply walk the dog and ride the horse at separate times.
    Sure, and when you figure out how to put - oh, say 30 hours - in a day, some of us might have the time to do that.
         
        06-01-2013, 06:36 AM
      #65
    Weanling
    I guess I am the lucky one. My horse and dog are best pals. I take my dog on most rides and I never have to worry about her she doesn't want to leave Jackson's side, in fact she has to ride in the trailer with him. If she isnt with us he is constantly looking over his shoulder for her, and if I come out of the house with my chinks and saddlebags and don't take her, she mopes for days.
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        06-01-2013, 09:06 AM
      #66
    Cat
    Green Broke
    I cringe any time I see dogs when I go on a group trail ride or see them on the public trails. There are almost always problems. And the more an owner claims how well behaved their dog is and is never a problem - typically the more problems arise. I just don't understand the need to bring dogs along. If you are on your own private lands riding by yourself? Sure - go ahead and do whatever you want. But when it involves other people and other horses - leave the dogs home for their safety and others.

    There has only been one dog that I would trust on a trail ride and he was and older boy and seemed perfectly trained. He was with a 4-team hitch and typically just hung out on the wagon but even when he wasn't, he either stuck with his owner or stayed out of the way. A rare well-trained dog. But those owners also never felt the need to take him on a trail ride - only went out if he was on the wagon.
         
        06-01-2013, 02:24 PM
      #67
    Yearling
    May have something to do with where you live. Around here, it's more usual to have dogs along than not - and I'm not thinking just the people I ride with, but riders I meet when I'm out hiking or biking.

    I think there's another good reason to take your dogs riding, at least occasionally. That's to get your horse used to dogs, because you are almost certainly going to meet non-riders with dogs from time to time. Far better, I think, to have your horse think "Oh, just another dog" than to spook at the strange creature.
         
        06-01-2013, 08:48 PM
      #68
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Cat    
    . I just don't understand the need to bring dogs along.
    The sheer joy of spending time outdoors with my 2 best pals is all the reason I need. I also trained my dog to lead my horse, it is a great parlor trick that brings joy to others. The automatic need to discount dogs as riding partners is something I don't understand. To automatically assume that a dog is a problem, well, to me, that shows short sightedness in others. I have been on trail rides with as few as me, my pony, and my dog. As well as trail rides with upwards of 50 people. Never once have I gotten a complaint about my dog. In fact quite the opposite, I have had many, many compliments regarding her behavior on the trail, as well as people asking me the secret to her well mannered behavior. I was just lucky I guess, I got a young horse and a puppy and raised them together.
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        06-02-2013, 07:18 AM
      #69
    Foal
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    I have been on trail rides with as few as me, my pony, and my dog.
    You know, I went on a trail ride / conditioning ride "alone" a couple weeks ago ... just me, my horse, ponying my hubby's horse (he was at work), and my dog. It was really fun, very relaxing, and I enjoyed spending quality time with my 'furry family' out on the trails. Good times. I love having my dog with me on the trails. Plus, it makes me feel that much safer riding alone in remote areas.
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        06-02-2013, 02:19 PM
      #70
    Cat
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
    The sheer joy of spending time outdoors with my 2 best pals is all the reason I need. I also trained my dog to lead my horse, it is a great parlor trick that brings joy to others. The automatic need to discount dogs as riding partners is something I don't understand. To automatically assume that a dog is a problem, well, to me, that shows short sightedness in others. I have been on trail rides with as few as me, my pony, and my dog. As well as trail rides with upwards of 50 people. Never once have I gotten a complaint about my dog. In fact quite the opposite, I have had many, many compliments regarding her behavior on the trail, as well as people asking me the secret to her well mannered behavior. I was just lucky I guess, I got a young horse and a puppy and raised them together.
    Maybe I'd have a better view if the dogs brought along on trail rides around here were well behaved, but most of the time they are not. Little to no recall trained in them and even had one kicked and injured when it went snapping at a horse's feet. I don't think its short sighted on my part not to want to deal with that when I am out on the trail, but rather a short coming of the dog owners that bring dogs out on the trails before they are really trained for it.
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