Loose dog spooking my horse, horse is badly injured
Mondays aren't my favourite day to begin with and after yesterday, I hate them even more. I rode my horse first thing in the morning before work. I was in the saddle by 6:30am. My barn's outdoor backs up to a network of trails where leashed dogs are allowed, though many people (including myself) allow their dogs off-leash as long as they are friendly and have a good recall. It's kind of an unspoken agreement between dog owners that if you come across a dog on a leash and your dog is off-leash, you should call your dog back and put it on a leash also to prevent an issue. Everyone seems to operate in harmony this way. I have gone on many trail rides with my horse (and my dog) and never had a problem before.
Anyway, I was in the outdoor having a good ride, until we got down to the far end of the ring, which borders the woods/trails. On the other side of the fence was a dog, about 50 lbs. My horse paused mid-stride for half a second and it "pounced" down into the play stance, with its hind end up in the air and the front legs on the ground. It scared both me and my horse because neither of us were expecting anything to be there. My horse spun and bolted. I took a major digger because my saddle slipped to the side and I fell hard onto my lower back/ribs. My horse panicked from the dog and the saddle slipping around her belly, and took off. The ring has no fence around it and she ran up past the barn and onto the main road during rush hour traffic. She slipped and fell and gave herself some pretty horrific road rash. A few spots are almost down to the bone. My saddle got absolutely trashed...it is a beautiful Stubben Edelweiss that I bought brand new two years ago. Both stirrup leathers came off and I don't even know where one of them went. I found the other one in the middle of the road. My horse ran a mile down the road and then was caught by a kind horsey person who jumped out of their car and by some miracle caught her.
I had to call the emergency vet out at 7am. She cleaned all of my horse's wounds and took lots of x-rays to make sure she didn't fracture anything. My horse is on stall rest for at least a week. My vet bill is going to be almost as painful as my ribs are today...thank goodness she is insured. We were supposed to ride in a clinic at Equine Affaire at the end of this week but I am now unable to go. I also think I aged about ten years in one day. My nerves are shot.
The dog that was in the woods belongs to the neighbour and has a reputation for getting loose and into trouble. My BO recommended I call the town's animal control and report it, but I feel kind of bad doing that since I allow my own dog to be loose in the same area, though NEVER without me right there. She has a fenced in yard and is not allowed to just go gallivanting through the trails and woods by herself, which is what this dog was doing, and has done on numerous occasions before. Would me reporting the dog to the ACO be totally two-faced and hypocritical?