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    09-07-2009, 04:38 PM
We take our dogs with us all the time. We raise Border Collies and use them on cattle so they HAVE to be trained how to behave around horses and on the trail. On average, we will take anywhere from 4 to 9 dogs at a time (we have about 20). One of ours is the "alpha male" and will growl at any strange dog that comes up but won't do anything but posture unless we tell him to "catch hold" (that command is used mostly on cattle though). It is pretty easy to train our dogs to respect horses because I just take them when I am riding Dobe. He is more aggressive than any dog I have ever seen and if the dog tries to bite or even gets too close, then Dobe will kick, paw, and bite. He runs dogs off out of our pasture. I like for my dogs to stay either a few feet behind my horse or out to the side but still stay close. Some of the places we ride, it is easy for a dog to get lost because the plants are so tall and thick.
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    09-07-2009, 06:13 PM
My dog goes with us when we ride and she is only about 20lbs. She's a jack russel mix and has a TON of energy. It is the only way to tire her out! She runs off sometimes to chase a bird or something but she will come back. I only take her on trails near my house so she knows where she. She used to be my neighbors and they just let her run wild outside (until I stole her) so she knows her way around. I don't think she attracts other dogs any more than the horses do. She'll just run away from them if they approach her, poor girl. She does get over excited sometimes and trys to play with my youngest horse which pisses him off. I think it is a good thing though because it is desensiting him to crazy dogs who may show up on a trail. All of my neighbors let their big dogs run wild and we often get chased and Andy has been alot less spooky since we got the dog.

Once when I was riding at a place in the mountains the ranchs owner brought his blood hound and it chased a bear away from us, I was very appreciative!!
    09-08-2009, 01:16 PM
Here in Oklahoma, you can't take your dogs to the state parks and/or equestrian trails unless they are on a 10' leash. That makes trail riding with a dog in tow difficult at best. We did take our old "Blue" with us when we rode around the 2-mile section. She would poop out on us after about the first half mile or so and head back for the house. We didn't have any dog issues, with or without her.

The dogs we have now I would not take anywhere on horseback. The daughter's two big dogs are undisciplined and uncontrollable. She keeps them chained up all the time or they would run the horses to death. Our two dogs are kept in a fenced in yard when they are not in the house. We let them out to meet the horses when we first offloaded them. Husband's big boxer/pit mix panicked and ran back onto the porch and hid under the porch swing. My little Llasa/terrier mix sniffed a few times and got bored with the whole thing (he's old). He does love going poo hunting, though! (Big dog has since gotten used to them being around and will sniff noses with them, but she still runs to the porch if they so much as sneeze in her direction, the big coward!)

As for bears - I would rather imagine the big mean looking boxer/pit mix would head to the next county if we ever encountered one. The little Llasa/terrier mix thinks he's a rottweiler in disguise and would probably try to tackle the bear. I think we will just leave them at home...
    09-08-2009, 09:06 PM
I've never taken dogs on trails with us because I heard they attract wolves. Not a problem if you have no wolves in the area I guess, but seeing as we do I think it would be safer to just leave them at home for now.
    09-08-2009, 09:38 PM
Here in Oklahoma, you can't take your dogs to the state parks and/or equestrian trails unless they are on a 10' leash. That makes trail riding with a dog in tow difficult at best. We did take our old "Blue" with us when we rode around the 2-mile section. She would poop out on us after about the first half mile or so and head back for the house. We didn't have any dog issues, with or without her.
Well I don't take my dog anywhere I have to trailer my horses. She just goes with us when we ride on the trails down the road.
    09-08-2009, 10:38 PM
I bring my little jack russell! Actually she follows some of the way voluntarily and she just runs next to us, its quite cute =]
    09-09-2009, 09:23 AM
I frequently hear hunters talk of taking dogs hunting with them when hunting for Coyotes. The Coyotes view the dogs as a competitor and seem to approach in an effort to drive the intruder from their territory. This is a distraction technic so the hunters can get a shot at the wylie coyote. I assume the same process would work for Wolves.

But the trick here is that the human must be out of sight. And usually they have to work at being scent free so the coyote doesn't see or smell the human or they take off. I assume with a human ( or several humans) riding on horses, They would not be very Out of Sight. I would assume that as long as your dog stays reasonable close, they would be safe from the wild predators. And of course size makes a difference. A coyote may run in to investigate a strange dog. But as it gets close and realizes that the strange dog is 100lb German Sheppard, they leave, If it's a 20lb pooch, they continue to attack.

The friends I ride with often bring their dogs. They have a bunch of mixed breed mutts. Dalmations, heeler, border collie, sized dogs. And even a lab or two. The dogs run along with us on rides and chase birds. I don't mind as it has taught my horses to get along with dogs.
    09-09-2009, 06:32 PM
My Border Collie goes with us when we ride down the road or head out to the Flinthills. I don't take her to "public" trails tho. She'd be fine, I just don't think it's a good idea.

A few years ago my Bassett X and my Lab X always went with us when we rode down the road. They are too old for that now.

Here's the Border Collie, Tessa
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    09-10-2009, 12:00 AM
I think that dogs can be good on the trail, but only if they are very well behaved and respectful even when they meet horses and riders they don't know. Especially in public trail areas. I for one HATE when a dog wants to bark at my horse half the day or surprises him and runs up under his feet. On a trail, I want my horse to have fun and he won't if a dog keeps him stressed. I do think some dogs make good trail partners, but I did want to add my two cents about those really annoying ones.
    09-10-2009, 08:35 AM
OMG, Tessa is gorgeous. I love prick eared BC's with wide blazes. Do you use her as a working dog or just a companion?

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