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post #11 of 16 Old 11-07-2013, 11:26 AM
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Be careful with the little dogs. I've had 2 that would stand very quiet and act like they weren't bothered and then aim a killing stomp with a front hoof at a dog snarfing down some grain in a pan or some horse doo. Very much calculated on the horses part. Close as I've ever seen a horse tell a lie.

Had 2 others that would actively attack stray dogs or coyotes but not bother my dogs.

Most of the others would just kick an annoying dog. Couldn't care less unless the dog gets under their feet or sniffing at heels.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-07-2013, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
I have him and the horse in my avatar trained to go after dogs, if we ride by a house and their dogs come a-growling.

I simply wheel my horse around to face the dogs, drop the reins and say "get them!". Down go the snaking heads and the dogs head back to their yards.

None of this happens without a command from me.

Sometimes the owner of said dogs is arrogantly standing n their porch, doing nothing, that's when I holler there's a leash law ya know and thank you for putting your street number on your mailbox--------------blesssssss your harrrrrttttt
Don't know about your local laws, but hereabouts, if the dogs are in their yards, you'd be the one in the wrong.
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-10-2013, 08:47 PM
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My mare and my mule don't like dogs. I do nothing to discourage it. Specially when people aren't controlling their dogs on the trail. And besides, it's my mules' job to rid the farm of stray dogs. ;)

When I live in Texas we had these rotten dogs that would charge us and chase us up the road. Even if we would just stand there, they would circle and growl at us. I finally decided to wheel my mare around and charge the dogs. Darn near ran one over the first time because they didn't expect it. After about a month they'd get up and see it was us and go lay back down.

And.... the laws here in Washington, California, and down in Texas still uphold that a dog doesn't even have to be on your property, just agitating your stock. And you can take action - what ever that may be. The law's normally on the stock owner's side.

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-10-2013, 08:59 PM
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You shouldn't have a problem under saddle and you may even be able to get her to tolerate your dogs. Willow was dog aggressive when I got her. She will still chase and kick strays and coyotes, but she now tolerates my dogs and pretty much ignores them.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-11-2013, 03:19 PM
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If you can control her on the trail, you're probably fine. Just be careful, because even if you're technically in the right, you could end up with a mess if she hurts someone else's dog. My mare is pretty tolerant but will charge at our ditzy border collie if she runs too close in front of her. We have run at dogs a few times on the trail so I guess she got the idea from that.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-11-2013, 04:38 PM
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It's never a good idea to think you'll be fine with an aggressive horse. If the op is on the trail and runs across a dog, just because it's under saddle doesn't mean it won't do anything wrong. That kind of thinking could get the dog, horse, rider, and dog owner seriously injured. My suggesting has already been stated about trying it in a controlled environment and air on the side of caution. A full grown horse is hard to control when it's got an idea in it'd head and decides not to listen to you especially when you're not confined in a fenced area. I just wanted to say don't assume it will be fine. Some horses are but others are not and I don't suggest anyone ever think they will be fine when it has been stated a horse attacks aggressively.
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