I am currently fostering a rescue horse and am just really getting to learn her in's and out's. I haven't ridden her yet and am working with her on the ground until I am confident she listens to me and earning trust. I am evaluating her too for me to possibly adopt her. I want a horse for trail riding or just pleasure riding, no showing.
One thing I have never seen but made very aware of by the other barn horse owners/fosters is that she absolutely hates dogs and is very aggressive with them even standing outside of her paddock. She tries to get to them and attack them.
Would this be a deal breaker for a trail horse? I know that people walk their dogs on trails that are shared and this is a big worry if we would pass by one on a trail or just riding out in various locations. I think it would be. This little mare has great ground manners and has amazed me at what she isn't afraid of (ex. Umbrellas open, twirling, etc.) and then she is really scared of other things.
Thanks for the opinions.