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        03-01-2014, 05:56 PM
      #21
    Foal
    When I rode my road bike I carried milk bones in my pocket and a can of Halt (pepper spray for dogs) clipped to my handle bars. If the milk bones didn't work the Halt would.
    In my humble opinion you and your horse are within the law when you are riding down the highway or within the highway easement, and the dog owners dog chasing you on that easement is not.
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        03-01-2014, 06:03 PM
      #22
    Trained
    In the US, each state has laws (or none) that control what is done. This gives a good overview for anyone interested:

    Riding on Public Roads
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        03-01-2014, 06:05 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Ditto what everyone else has said. For dogs that run up I actually bring a whip along. The dogs get too close than I whack them. After about the third time down the same road the dogs stopped chasing after me and my horse. That being said you're horse needs to be okay with you swinging a whip off of its back!

    Have fun!
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        03-01-2014, 06:15 PM
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    Originally Posted by Incitatus32    
    Ditto what everyone else has said. For dogs that run up I actually bring a whip along. The dogs get too close than I whack them. After about the third time down the same road the dogs stopped chasing after me and my horse. That being said you're horse needs to be okay with you swinging a whip off of its back!

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    Yep, dogs can be problematic, and that's complicated by the unpredictability of horses. When riding down the road with my friend and her dead broke pony we would always pass this yard with a chain link fence and dogs. The dogs would always run up to the fence and start barking as we went by. Horses never gave it a second thought. We were walking home one day and the dogs ran to the fence, and pony spooked. Nothing my friend couldn't handle, and it was just her jumping to the side several feet. We had gone through this exact same scenario with these same dogs EVERY time we walked by this fence, and I don't think I have ever seen this pony spook other than this one time. Horses are weird and unpredictable- I think about that scenario every time people use the "I trust my horse" excuse for not wearing a helmet

    I, too, carry a whip for loose animals while riding- be it dogs, horses, or humans. My horse is fine with me swinging a whip around him, but whatever that whip came in contact with would not be pleased! On this same note- make sure your horse is ok with dogs running around underfoot. Even if he's fine with traffic, some horses come unglued when presented with a strange dog. Don't want to find that out when you're out on the road!
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        03-01-2014, 06:37 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Bsms, Great post! That pretty well spells it out.
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        03-03-2014, 07:03 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I've always been able to drive off loose dogs by turning my horse and walking towards them. They go from mustchasemustchase to OHMYGODTHATISHUGE!!! And usually leave us alone. ;) Moving away from the dog will encourage their chasing instinct. However, trying to run an aggressive dog off might not be the best idea. Also, my mare doesn't really like dogs...she'd kick or bite if it got close enough.
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        03-05-2014, 01:40 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Our boys are doing pretty good with traffic, although big trucks or a truck with a bouncing trailer will still make them nervous. We ride with traffic, but when a large truck or trailer approaches from behind, we sometimes turn the horses so they can see it coming.

    I am honestly more afraid of dogs than vehicles. DH was chased by two Great Danes last fall who had escaped from their back yard. Dusty heard them coming before DH saw them. He spun around and took off - luckily, DH got him stopped a bit down the road. He went and talked to the owner a few days after it happened and the dogs have not run out again since then.
         
        03-05-2014, 09:37 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by ShadowRider    
    Our boys are doing pretty good with traffic, although big trucks or a truck with a bouncing trailer will still make them nervous. We ride with traffic, but when a large truck or trailer approaches from behind, we sometimes turn the horses so they can see it coming.

    I am honestly more afraid of dogs than vehicles. DH was chased by two Great Danes last fall who had escaped from their back yard. Dusty heard them coming before DH saw them. He spun around and took off - luckily, DH got him stopped a bit down the road. He went and talked to the owner a few days after it happened and the dogs have not run out again since then.
    My horse doesn't like dogs and wants to attack. Danes on the other hand he seems to think are mini horses and wants to treat them like another horse.
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        03-05-2014, 10:13 PM
      #29
    Foal
    If I didn't ride on roads I wouldn't be able to ride much at all, really. That's all there is to ride on here, roads and occasionally the pasture you might happen across lacking a fence or with the gate open. Best avoided during hunting season though. I've only ever had one problem with a dog coming at my horse, some 8 years ago this old lady's lab decided to run up on my mare. It got a prompt kick in the face and has not ever bothered myself or any of my horses since. It's still around, old and grey and missing one eye. (Unrelated to the horse kick)

    Not that there aren't dogs here, they're just used to horses and cattle and the horses are used to them as well. I always take my own dog or dogs with me as well. On the topic of cars, thankfully no one has tried to run me over or anything, though one idiot was speeding along and slammed on the brakes /right/ on my gelding's rear. We got showered with gravel and when he crept past at 2mph my gelding was having none of it. I think the other worst ordeal is when some minivan came up beside a greenbroke mare I was riding, pulled over and a lady promptly got out with her 4 shrieking children that swarmed us and wanted to 'pet the pony'.

    I HAVE however been attacked by other horses while riding the roads though, crazy neighbor had her two horses loose in her front yard to graze. After the fact she yelled at me about how dare I ride down the road past her house and 'upset' her horses. (I ended up having to bail off my mare onto gravel to avoid getting a hoof to the head from her gelding and my mare was run off a mile down the road.) Thankfully no major injuries were suffered.
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        03-06-2014, 03:14 AM
      #30
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    A UK safety advert which is never seen on tv.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHxSz_Hvjk4
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