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    02-05-2014, 06:35 PM
Whoa, what's all this about? You guys don't really think it's okay for a dog to be running around biting horses on a public trail, do you?

I think people who have dogs that will attack a horse in a public riding area should have the dog on a leash (and the law agrees with me.) Besides ... that's just plain manners. It has nothing to do with a person's skill level at riding. Public spaces are for the enjoyment of the entire public, not just a few members.

Dogs that are well-mannered are awesome and welcome around me and my horse anytime. Dogs that attack are not.
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    02-05-2014, 07:00 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I've learned that it's best to leave the dog at home. They create more problems than it's worth.
I have to disagree with that.

I would never go again on a trail ride without my dog, she chases whatever (other animals) comes close or aggressive towards the horses away and takes care of "her" herd.

Well that might be because she is half Border Collie, but she sure takes care of all those "non listening" off leash dogs around here that are thinking about chasing or bugging my horses.

I so enjoy taking my dog out on trail and beach rides and would not want to miss it at all.
They way I got her listen perfectly to me and my comands is a shock collar, I used it about 5 times and that was all it takes.

So I think it was worth a few shocks to have a great dog life like her....

Think she agrees:

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    02-05-2014, 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
So I say hi & ask about her dogs & horse by name, but it wasn't until my friend came in and started chatting that I got her name. And I can't remember it now, though I do the critters.
I find that is because most folks are calling their dogs name all day. "here Fido, get over here" But we are not necessarily calling peoples names all day.

I remember names that I repeat.
    02-06-2014, 12:04 AM
My dog and my horse are trail buddies too, they love each other! But it can be a problem to take the dog near residences or roads if you don't have complete control. I longe the dog and horse together too, but the dog will only go clockwise -- it's so funny.

One note about attacking dogs, there is a rottweiler in my neighborhood that charges us whenever we go by his driveway. After a while I was prepared for this (can't let it stop me from riding) and I started playing chicken with him. He never gave up and eventually the owner was contacted and asked to control the dog (mostly because a pedestrian could have been hurt!). I can see both sides of that issue, but out in the backwoods, a dog is a real help when you are riding alone.

Does your horse live at your home? My dog and horse spend a lot of time together just across the fence from each other, and I walk in the pasture with the dog all the time too. Here they are grazing together.
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    02-06-2014, 03:57 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
I find that is because most folks are calling their dogs name all day. "here Fido, get over here" But we are not necessarily calling peoples names all day.
No, in my case it's because I generally like dogs & horses better than humans, and so pay more attention to them
    02-06-2014, 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by ecasey    
Whoa, what's all this about? You guys don't really think it's okay for a dog to be running around biting horses on a public trail, do you?
Of course not. Did anyone say it was? What we said, I think, is a) it doesn't happen where a lot of us ride; and b) since you can't control other people's dogs, any more than deer, bears, or mountain lions, you & your horse have to learn to deal with the possibility.

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