Originally Posted by Kiara
Another thing to consider though, a lady at our barn went for a ride down the road and a dog ran out and attacked.
A very real risk - some (not all) dogs that haven't been exposed to horses before seem to think that they look like giant intruders that must be defended against. And some are mortified of them and either shy, or run away.
We had a dog that was very clearly looking to eat us take a bolt at us a few months back, but thankfully came to a very abrupt stop at the end of his leash...I'm surprised it didn't snap it's own neck actually considering how fast it was bolting towards us. I don't think it would have ended well should he have not been leashed.
I was REALLY glad both our horses are level headed and have been exposed to dogs, as aside from a shudder and a snort they both stood their ground....but I was prepared to be galloping off full tilt if need be.
You can't count on every dog owner having their unpredictable or dangerous dogs leashed, though. It's yet another risk of riding in populated areas, or down roads.