Join Date: May 2013
Location: State of Jefferson
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.