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!
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!