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post #21 of 25 Old 02-20-2016, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
Yogi, I hate to tell you this but I was told by a GSD rescue that I couldn't have a dog from them because I had sheep and that GSDs were not to be trusted around sheep!

You should have seen her face when I said, "German SHEPHERD Dog - what the heck were they bred for?"

Lol! Both hysterical and ridiculous! Is that the dog from the story? Looks a lot like my boy! It's always funny how much the lambs LOVE the dogs isn't it?

That is our bottle lamb that lived inside for a good 6 months. She was born at <3lbs and had a rough start, so obviously vulnerable. Our other dog wanted to eat her but is well behaved and while they were supervised to be safe they were good friends. Honestly Logo (GSD) really didn't need supervision, in fact he would "protect" her from the cats lol. I trust him as much as you can trust anything, sadly it's unlikely I will have children in his lifetime as he would be the best nanny!

The lamb and him are still good friends though my mother cruely forced her to go back outside with those horrible "sheep" creatures. Poor thing can't figure out what she did to deserve such treatment! Every year I have pictures of lambs climbing all over him. Vicious! I see yours is equally vicious and can't be trusted!

But to keep this on track, this is temperament and training and environment. We have a small "farm" and lots of animals and the dogs interact with them all AND they were all raised like this. That's just how we, and they, live. For animals that aren't used to it and don't have that as the norm it can be a big transition, and a dangerous one.

I would trust a farm dog to go into my flock. I wouldn't trust a pet that wasn't exposed to them. Same with the horses, except that is more for the dogs sake!

My parents got a new tenant who brought her dog and those were my conditions. One, she get along with my dog and not stress him out (he has health issues) and two, she be ok with the "livestock". There are also legal issues if the dog gets hurt, or in the OPs situation if the dog were to hurt someone elses animals.
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-24-2016, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Life got busy and I forgot to check this thread. You guys should stop posting adorable farm animal pictures, you're making me want them! Lol I think we can all agree that 6 dogs and 4 horses are plenty, and quite possibly too much.

Along that line, and just looking for opinions here since I don't believe there's a "right" answer. My husband and I bought the 2 TWH because we wanted them. Wanted to feed them back to health, work with them, ride them, take them camping etc. This was just back in October so it hasn't really been possible to do anything with them other than feed them up and some occasional ground work when weather permits. I guess in a nutshell, in my mind and heart these are "our" horses. 4 y/o mare, 6 y/o gelding. We've already established that these weren't a great choice for starter horses, so we don't need to cover that ground again.

The other 2 are rescues that we took in because my cousin is losing her farm. 16 y/o mare 18 y/o gelding. Even during the winter when it's really just been some groundwork and basic care, I'm starting to think it's too much. But. The older horses are a LOT more friendly. Like to take treats from kids and grandkids etc. They're older, which is what you all said would be better starter horses.

I'm torn. I know I could sell the 16 y/o paint mare prettily easily. The gelding is here for the duration, most likely. He's a pure pasture ornament and most people don't want those. I really don't want to sell "mine" but they're young and would probably sell fairly easily. And they may very well be better off with owners who know more than we do. These are the things my logic are telling me.

My heart is conflicted. I promised my cousin I'd take care of hers. I love mine and want to learn from and with them. Part of me tells myself to put on my big girl panties and sleep in the bed I made. Part of me says keep the ones we bought and rehome the older ones. Part of me says loyalty to family comes first. So...what would you all do?

As for the horses with the dogs, they will never be together. They will always have a fence between them. I'm working with the dogs on a more reliable recall and down/stay type stuff, and I'll probably introduce them individually in a controlled setting at some point, but whether it was a horse or a dog that got hurt or killed, I'd be devastated so I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure it doesn't happen. I really just want my GSD to stop barking her head off every time she sees them lol.
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post #23 of 25 Old 02-24-2016, 09:04 PM
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As far as the GSD barking while training will help sometimes it's just an excited bark and should be left alone.. I guess that's hard to put into words lol, but she will learn it's just not that exciting in general.
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-24-2016, 09:32 PM
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We just got a puppy and he is extremely enthusiastic about horses lol. He loves my TB likes to lick him and lay next to his bucket while he eats but we are constantly supervising not only because he isn't entirely reliable but I don't know what my horse is like with dogs. I know some people who have horses and dogs that coexist quite peacefully and never have a problem just depends on training and temperament.

My local horse page just had this kind of argument about dogs and horses a lot of people were totally against the idea of dogs being allowed around horses because they are naturally a predator.
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post #25 of 25 Old 02-25-2016, 12:10 PM
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I would not be disheartened, you have a lot of animals but they can be taught to behave well, clearly you are willing to do the work. It can be done.

As for barking GSD's well, that's one of my specialties! Teach her a "look" command, which is that she will look at you if you ask it. Teach it really well one on one and then slowly add distractions. The end game should be that you can ask her to "look" at you and wait for the next command no matter where you are or what the distraction.
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