Originally Posted by Tobysthebesthorseever
Ok thanks guys!! It's all been really helpful. I guess I could start with my calm 65 lb dog (he'd probably be afraid of the horses-LOL!!
One thing I've done to get dogs & horses used to each other is to groom them with the same brush, so that each has a bit of the other's smell on them, and they associate that with the pleasure of being brushed.
Of course you can only apply this to your own or friends' dogs, not the barking critter down the road, but I think it does help the horses to learn that generic dogs aren't really threats.