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post #21 of 28 Old 06-21-2011, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove View Post
We HAVE a dog park. For dogs. This is the HORSE park.

Keep your dog on a leash around the horses and out from under my feet, please.
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post #22 of 28 Old 06-21-2011, 02:01 PM
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I was riding Katie on a quite road yesterday. Near the end of this road was two German Shepherds, luckily one was chained up but there was still one getting close to us and barking like a nut. I managed to shoo it away, it was still scary though

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post #23 of 28 Old 06-29-2011, 10:33 PM
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The hiker's dogs that are running loose usually aren't the problem for me. Most of those dogs have never seen a horse, so if I have my horse take a step towards them they will run off or their owner will call them. The worst dogs I have been around on the trails are unfortunently other horse rider's poorly trained dogs. Some people don't seem to realise that not all horses are OK with dogs running under their feet, behind them, chasing them or otherwise being annoying. And because these people are also riding they don't have physical control over the dog. These dogs aren't afraid of horses and most other riders look at me like I'm crazy when I warn them (politely) that Gypsy will kick dogs. I don't have a problem with people riding with their dogs if they are well trained but for the most part they aren't.

As for getting rid of unattended dogs, I prefer chasing them off if I can. I can see the squirt bottle working sometimes however I know dogs that will try to drink the water or snap at it.
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post #24 of 28 Old 06-30-2011, 10:46 AM
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I remember someone let their little tiny lap dog lose out on a bridle path. That was clearly marked for horses. It got under some horse's hooves and ended up getting stomped on. The owners, of course, were upset and blaming the horse and rider. The horse and rider, after trying to be nice and apologize but still tell them their dog had been A. Off leash and B. On a bridle path rode off shaking her head. People... I don't even let two of my own dogs around my horses because they weren't raised around them.

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post #25 of 28 Old 06-30-2011, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove View Post

At the equestrian park here in town, people in the neighborhoods nearby take their dogs on walks through the cross country course. *headdesk*

We HAVE a dog park. For dogs. This is the HORSE park.

Keep your dog on a leash around the horses and out from under my feet, please.
That would seriously tick me off.

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post #26 of 28 Old 07-04-2011, 08:28 AM
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Ah dogs... have a few stories.....

I was out on a ride years ago with my friend on her greenbroke 4 year old. The golden retriever at one of the houses neighbouring the trails took off out of its yard and came after us. The 4 year old was quite freaked out and I charged my horse at it. Most dogs run like hell when 1200lbs of horse comes bearing down on them, but this one stopped, turned around, and tried to dart around my horse to get to the younger one. The owner, meanwhile, was shouting at it but it couldn't have cared less. My horse and I were facing down the dog, slowly push the dog back towards its house, using side-to-side cutting horse maneuvers to prevent the bloody thing from running round behind us, either for the 4-year old or my mare's heels (although if it had tried the latter, it would have been a harsh lesson as my horse knows how to aim a kick), and all the while the owner was screaming at it ineffectively.

Another time, myself and another rider were on trails in Forestry Commission land, with thick walls of trees on either side, when this German shepherd came tearing round the corner, off leash, flat out run. The other rider's horse spooked and the dog went after them, at which point the horse started bucking and kicking out at the dog. The rider came off (she was fine). This all happened within seconds. As she was coming off, I finally reacted and ran my horse at the dog. That changed the dog's mind about chasing the other horse and it veered off, back to its much-embarrassed and very apologetic owner.

One of the liveries at a barn I used to keep my horse at had a collie puppy, wild and hyper as collie puppies are. Now my horse is usually fine around dogs so long as she's not being hassled, so I don't mind when other liveries have their dogs about. On one afternoon, the puppy was running about while I had my horse tied up outside the barn. I was standing a few feet away from the horse, chatting to someone, when the puppy bounded up and jumped on ME. My horse's ears went flat back, the tail swished, and the threatening hind foot was raised. I thought my horse's protective reaction was cute, except it would have been decidedly less cute if she'd thrown a kick. Puppy went back into its owner's car.

I say 'usually' fine with dogs. She takes each dog as they come, which is pretty smart. At a different yard, the owners had a couple German shepherds who lived in a big kennel on the yard most of the day. When the dogs were out of the kennel, which was not that often as far as I could tell, they were fine with horses. But when they were in the kennel, they would jump up against the side of the kennel and bark and bark and bark at any horse which walked past. As the kennel was on the way to the arena from the stable block, this was a fairly regular occurrence. My horse never spooked or worried about the dogs' antics when we walked past, but you'd feel a very slight, almost unnoticeable, annoyed twitch of ears and tail. She wasn't afraid or upset, but she was probably thinking, "stupid &*^&**^^& dogs won't shut up." In the evenings, the owners let the dogs out for a run. The horses were out late one evening as it was summer, and one of the shepherds ran into my horse's field. It could not have cared less about her and was just sniffing for rabbits in the field, but the horse thought it would finally get its come uppance for the all the jumping and barking, and CHARGED the thing, flat out run, ears back, teeth bared. Poor dog had never been so scared and was through the fence within seconds.
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post #27 of 28 Old 07-11-2011, 12:29 PM
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I'd gladly raise my dressage whip at em.. After all, a good hit will teach em ;)

But yes, what interesting stories!
I've only come across 2 dogs trailing, one who was kind enough to pick his dog up (Which I thanked him for of course!), and the other one was when I wanted to go back to the barn with my friend. This big dog walks up to me and my lease horse, and started barking. I got off and just shouted "GET" and he was back on his way. Stupid dog..
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post #28 of 28 Old 07-11-2011, 02:04 PM
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I'm a little partial both ways. I pretty much have my dogs with me 24/7 except when I am at school or at work. One dog is an old pro around the horses, while the other is younger and learning. But my dogs are almost always off leash, but they are never wandering around. My dogs are either within 10 feet of me or are in a down stay in the shade somewhere sleeping. If I am riding by myself they are following me in the arena, but if they're other people are around they are sleeping outside the arena by my horses pen (always in view). I always pick up after them, and they never go anywhere near anyone else or their horses. They also don't bark.

Now I got chewed out the other day with someone saying I was a lawsuit waiting to happen and that I was a horrible person for taking my dogs off leash around horses. Also that dogs were required to be on leash (I have discussed with BO and she is fine with my dogs off leash). My dogs were both sleeping inside my horses pen at the time. I just don't get where some people get their nerve.

At the same time I have had a friend gotten seriously hurt after a pack of dogs charged us while we were trail riding. Her horse spooked and she got dragged down the road. I have also had tons of experiences with horse people that let their dogs do everything and anything, making it so people who DO keep their dogs well controlled to be strapped down by misunderstanding and laws. Which are needed, sadly.
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