Nah, edit out the last bit! Don't blame the dogs for being dogs - shoot the owners & find the dogs a RESPONSIBLE home!
What's crazy is some dog owners seem okay with their dogs being shot, or at least shot-at. I've been having trouble with dogs running down the road chasing my horse when I ride, and that's what the owners asked me, Do I carry a pistol!? Um, no! (And to give them credit, they DO seem to be reinforcing their fencing.) I have dog pepper spray and a Dazer type device on order. Sigh. I just pray nothing ever attacks my horse in her pen when I'm not around. When I'm riding I would defend her with my life, even if that means me getting bit.If something attacks our horses I'm shooting it. I'm not concerned with what it is or if/who owns it. Horses safety first priority.
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Yeah, dogs can be a huge problem. About every other animal on the planet will run away from an approaching horse.....bears, mountain lions, coyotes, you name it. Dogs are the worst because they run TOWARDS you and are often fearless of humans and horses. Dogs and dirt bikes are probably the things I fear encountering on trail rides the most. If I can get through the neighborhood and onto the forest, the rest of the ride is peaceful. Luckily dirt bikes are a rarity. Dogs, an every-ride concern. Even if they happened to be penned up you always have to expect them to be out because you never know when they will be.