. 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.