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What is the dog policy at your barn? Comments wanted!

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    What is the dog policy at your barn? Comments wanted!

    For those of you ride at public barns (boarding, lessons, training) what is the dog policy? Are dogs allowed at all? Leashed only? Is it enforced? If dogs are loose do they bother you? For example, if trainer has dog in the ring, do you find it distracting? Does the barn owner or trainer let their dog run loose? Would love to hear opinions of both boarders and trainers.

    Personally, I feel that the owner of the barn could have a hippo running loose. It's there farm and they have insurance. If I don't like that I can go elsewhere.

    What really tee's me off to no end are the boarders that just can't leave the dogs at home. Most are not very well trained either. Now you have 5 different dogs running willy nilly, taking wraps and bell boots out of the tack room and chewing on them, running in and out of the schooling ring, and then before you know it the dogs are fighting with one another. Too much commotion and then you have to write out a check for this aggravation.

    Then there are the boarders that must bring their dogs only to lock them in a stall and now everyone has to listen to barking for the next couple of hours.

    But I keep my horse at home so I don't need to worry about any of this anymore. LOL!


      It's a horse barn, not a dog kennel.

      Quiet, well behaved, well trained dogs that are leashed and observed can be pleasant, but people shouldn't let the wild heathens run free and terrorize kids and horses. Recently I've seen boarder's dogs cause a parent to get a bloody nose when the dog jumped up and three kids to fall off.


        My trainer has three dogs. They are always on leash or in the office, never loose at the barn. She doesn't allow other dogs loose at the barn, and like the adult that she is, abides by her own rules.
        "She is not fragile like a flower. She is fragile like a bomb."


          Boarder's dogs are not allowed at our barn. They may stay inside a car with windows cracked, but that's it.

          Reason? BO's dog has been known to kill strange dogs.

          Personally, I don't care if folks bring well behaved dogs to the barn. And if a dog shows up in the arena and sits by a jump standard, or at the trainer's feet, I have no issue either. It gives me another opportunity to train & desensitize my horse. Where I used to board, an enormous Bernese Mtn. Dog would practice his ninja skills, suddenly appearing at the knoll above our arena. Horse HATED that.

          However, boarders just as easily can have ill mannered dogs. The problem lies in telling Susie *her* dog is allowed, but Sally: *YOUR* dog must stay home. There's always going to be an argument, hurt feelings, or negotiation on what constitutes acceptable behaviour.

          Better to have a policy where No Dogs are allowed.


            Dear god, no barking! Particularly if you bring the dog into a ring during lessons.

            If you can't control your dog, barking or otherwise, your dog should stay home.


              OK, my trainer has a border collie that drives me crazy. when I bring my horse for lessons, it runs around my horse the entire time. So far, my horse has been good about it, but it really distracts me. I think she should put him up if he won't behave - which he won't. I mean he RUNS AROUND MY HORSE THE ENTIRE TIME!!!! What would you do?


                I would tell said trainer that, since the dog is very distracting, and I'm paying her for her time, would she please confine dog?


                  Dogs on leashes are allowed at our barn, and I, for one look, forward to driving up and, in addition to seeing my horses, greeting my canine barn friends. A Jack Russell here, a Great Dane there, here a hound, there a retriever, everywhere a muttly. I love giving them a good scratch and pat before merrily jumping on my caballo. Occasionally, someone will go over to the Dark Side, succumb to temptation and let their dog off leash. It might be momentarily annoying, but it doesn't stand for long, that's for sure. Not for nothing do the other boarders or barn manager have quick reflexes! They will quickly jump all over it and demand that the miscreant put their dog back on the leash. Okay, so once in a while a barking dog in a tack room might give a couple of us something to grouse about (hey, it gives us a needed break from grousing about our horses leaning on the left rein or how much our riding stinks that day.) though I know how much a dog can work its puppy dog eyes and beg please, please, puleeeeeze, to take it to the barn, even if it has to wait patiently in a tack room while the owner goes off for a ride. After their ride, the owners will usually take their dog out on a scent-filled walk in the open space and all's right in the world once again.

                  I don't ever bring my dogs with me, but I love that they're allowed, even if once in a while Some Felonious One needs to be reminded to follow the rules. For me there's nothing better than dogs and horses together. It's part of the pageantry. I know there are dogless boarding barns out there (shivers at the thought) and I'm happy that people who prefer it that way have a choice. I would probably find another place to board if they weren't allowed. Side note, I rescued a so-ugly-she's-cute dog that was abandoned out at the barn and sent to the pound.


                    Originally posted by mimiwenk View Post
                    OK, my trainer has a border collie that drives me crazy. when I bring my horse for lessons, it runs around my horse the entire time. So far, my horse has been good about it, but it really distracts me. I think she should put him up if he won't behave - which he won't. I mean he RUNS AROUND MY HORSE THE ENTIRE TIME!!!! What would you do?
                    How childish and unprofessional. Perhaps a hint about how much "respect" she has for you and your horse? Not to mention the bonehead stupidity of letting an active working breed dog rip around other moving objects without restraint or the direction those dogs crave. That is somebody's vet bill waiting to happen, hope it is hers and not the poster here-or she pays for the equine vet bill that dog creates- maybe trip to the human ER too.

                    Many barns it's leashed or crated/contained only and staff dogs are expected to behave or they get confined too. Many other barns boarders dogs are simply not welcome and will be asked to wait in the car. And part of being a professional trainer is devoting 100% attention to the person footing the bill and insuring nobody gets hurt, human, equine or canine.
                    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                      Dogs are allowed at the barn as long as they are reasonably well behaved, they don't bother the horses, and you clean up after them.


                        Need to add this can depend on the size of the barn and number of cliens likely to be there riding or taking lessons.

                        A small, mainly boarding 12-20 stall barn with just a few riding or lessoning at a time is more likely to be more liberal then a 75 stall show and teaching barn with stacked lessons all day-because, for the smaller operation, it can be safely monitered.

                        And I never, ever had a dog running around the ring during a school or lesson, trainers or anybody else's, they set one paw past that gate and they were verbally reprimanded or escorted to the truck or tack room. Simply not allowed.
                        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                        The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                          Originally posted by mimiwenk View Post
                          OK, my trainer has a border collie that drives me crazy. when I bring my horse for lessons, it runs around my horse the entire time. So far, my horse has been good about it, but it really distracts me. I think she should put him up if he won't behave - which he won't. I mean he RUNS AROUND MY HORSE THE ENTIRE TIME!!!! What would you do?
                          Chase the dog with your horse and shout in a low voice "Out of the ring!". Maybe your trainer would get the point.

                          Or stop, and tell trainer in a surprised/concerned voice "oh dear. Your dog is loose and going to get kicked. I'll wait until you leash him".


                            My BO tells potential boarders that "if you don't like dogs or kids, this isn't the barn for you". My trainer makes owners lock up dogs that chase lessoning horses, and most of the boarders police each other's dogs. They only bring out well behaved dogs. There have been a few instances where a boarder has brought out a misbehaving puppy, but then that puppy gets kicked and either learns or the owner doesn't bring it out anymore. It's a standard "rule" that if a horse kicks your dog, it was your dog's fault, so there's no sympathy from anyone when it happens.


                              Originally posted by indygirl2560 View Post
                              Dogs are allowed at the barn as long as they are reasonably well behaved, they don't bother the horses, and you clean up after them.
                              Same my barn. However, I'm out at an off time of day when there is really no one there but me and one friend riding. Would never allow my dogs to be in the ring when others are trying to ride. If I'm by myself, I don't care if they come in with me (they tend to flop down in the middle), but if someone comes in to ride, I leave and go work in the field.

                              My dogs are very social, don't care about horses, and have fit into the rest of the farm dog population just fine. It's even our contract that dogs are allowed, but may be asked to leave if they are aggressive or destructive.

                              I'm at a very laid back barn on 850 acres. Unless it's deer season or snake season, I take my guys out on the trails and then they sleep while I ride.

                              I've had a couple other boarders tell me that now they want a dalmatian after being around mine at the barn.

                              Love my barn...and have never had a problem with dogs at the barn, even when I wasn't a dog owner. I do agree that aggressive, threatening, or harrassing dogs should not be allowed at the barn.


                                Dogs are only allowed when they are on a leash and aren't a nuisance (barking). I sometimes bring my dog out but only when no one is riding (often in the wee hours).


                                  I own/run an upscale boarding facility with 28 stalls and we are a dog friendly facility. I have two dogs of my own, one that prefers to be outside in the barn area from sun up until sun down, and another that is in the barn with me and in the house when she's not directly supervised by me. I allow my boarders to bring their dogs with them when coming to the barn and they do not need to be leashed as long as they can behave off the leash. This means they are capable of getting along with other dogs, they don't bark and they aren't destructive. There are rules though, such as no dogs in turnout paddocks or fields, no dogs in arenas, no dogs locked in tack rooms or otherwise unsupervised, and if your dog causes a fight or other problem it goes home and stays there. Most of my clients go above and beyond to respect the rules and the personal space of other boarders because they are very appreciative of being allowed to bring their dogs. I am also very upfront about the dog policy with prospective clients and I let them know that if they board here they will have dogs around them.
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                                  "The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground".


                                    The last two places I was at did not allow dogs, sort of. It was written in the contract that you would not have unleashed pets, but everyone did anyway.

                                    I personally do not like loose dogs at the barn. I know people raise the argument that your horse should be exposed to different stimuli/etc, but honestly it's kind of annoying to have a young/green/skittish horse and always have to be on the look out for a dog to go blowing through the ring. Or kicking up cats/wildlife right next the fence. I like to expose my horse on my own terms, not every time I ride.

                                    If the dog stays with its owner, doesn't bark/etc, then it doesn't bother me. But VERY rarely does this seem to be the case.
                                    Originally posted by barka.lounger
                                    u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

                                    we see u in gp ring in no time.


                                      We allow dogs but they have to be restrained and never, ever in the ring or in the horse's way what so ever!
                                      If someone brings a dog, so far everyone has been good about keep their dog to themselves, but the minute one is not readily caring for their dog then OUT the dog goes, no second chances here.


                                        I own a dog, he lives in a run behind my house and if out, is on a leash. I expect people that come to my barn to have the same courtesy, dogs on leases ONLY if very well behaved. Or leave them in the car. Do NOT turn them loose! It irritates me when people show up with dogs and just let them out of the car without even saying a word! I have a barn cat, she has the run of the place and if a loose dog chased my cat, there would be one less dog in the world! Sorry, but I have seen terrible accidents caused by dogs running loose around horses. I don't want the liability and prefer dogs stay at home.