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  • What kind of a dog do you have and how horse friendly is it?

    I'm so darn close to getting hubby to agree... ok maybe not agree, but not kill me, if I get another dog. But for a change I'd love one that either gets along with or ignores the horses. I've already got one that tries to hunt and kill them. I know it's never a guarantee but just wondering who has what and how they act in a horsey and farm atmosphere.
    Have you seen that picture and logo that APHA put out a few years ago... 'Got a Paint. Got a dog. Got enough.' with the guy on a nice trail ride with his faithful dog at his side? That's what I want!!

    Ok, I'll start. I have a former pound puppy that is definitely 1/2 - 3/4 shepherd and I think the rest is husky. She is the BEST dog in the whole world but she terrible around the horses. House pet and country dog (excellent rat killer), she gets a perfect score. As a horse dog, a big fat zero.

    Note to self: "e's" not "a's" in shepherd

    Caution: I can go from 0 to b*tch in 2.1 seconds.

    [This message was edited by Nikita on Sep. 10, 2003 at 12:36 AM.]
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    I'm so darn close to getting hubby to agree... ok maybe not agree, but not kill me, if I get another dog. But for a change I'd love one that either gets along with or ignores the horses. I've already got one that tries to hunt and kill them. I know it's never a guarantee but just wondering who has what and how they act in a horsey and farm atmosphere.
    Have you seen that picture and logo that APHA put out a few years ago... 'Got a Paint. Got a dog. Got enough.' with the guy on a nice trail ride with his faithful dog at his side? That's what I want!!

    Ok, I'll start. I have a former pound puppy that is definitely 1/2 - 3/4 shepherd and I think the rest is husky. She is the BEST dog in the whole world but she terrible around the horses. House pet and country dog (excellent rat killer), she gets a perfect score. As a horse dog, a big fat zero.

    Note to self: "e's" not "a's" in shepherd

    Caution: I can go from 0 to b*tch in 2.1 seconds.

    [This message was edited by Nikita on Sep. 10, 2003 at 12:36 AM.]

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    • #3
      my dog is a little too horse friendly. she jumps up on my horses, like she jumps on people (shes still a puppy) she then procedes to lick my regumate mare who doesnt seem to care at all!

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      • #4
        I have a standard poodle that is great w/ horses. She is black so dirt is no problem and is truly a wash in wear dog. She has no fear of horses, but will listen and stay away.

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        • #5
          My pitbull hasn't been around horses extensively, but the few times she has accompanied me on quick trips to the barn, she displays interest in the horses, but not fascination. She has a super-low prey drive (trying to get her to chase balls is like pulling teeth) - but I would never, EVER let her wander around a barn unleashed. That rule goes for any of my dogs. Torres, my pit, was totally fascinated by the cattle at my friend's farm, though - ran up and down the fence line barking at them, especially the youngsters who just stood there and stared.

          Our Cairn, who was fiercer than anything I've ever met, was TERRIFIED of horses (the only thing he was scared of). He wouldn't get out of the car & would instead perch on the backseat and whine ... and whine ... and whine.

          'O lente, lente currite noctis equi' - Ovid

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          • #6
            I have a Jack Russell Terrier and he is a fabulous barn dog. Heck, that is what they were bred for. I wouldn't recommend them to everyone, but I am extremely happy with mine and he loves the barn, good with horses, doesn't hunt cats, friendly to people, etc. My Great Dane is an awesome dog, but very barn challenged. It just isn't his thing. Great dog, but he would rather be napping at home.

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            • #7
              I have a Corgi, probably one of the stupidist dogs in the world but i love him so so so much... He gets in fights over and over and over again with my huge german shepard, thinking that he will win each time. And he likes to go in the ring occasionally and only moves if the horses hoof is about a half a foot from him... As I said not too bright but one of the cutest and loyal pups in the world...

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              • #8
                I have a Yorkie but she's not a barn dog. She's met my horse 3 times in her life. While my dog is usually unusually brave for her size, she's scared of the horse. She tries to jump out of my arms if she sees him.

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                • #9
                  Shelty - naturally good around the horses, and loves to hang around the barn. (When it is not too hot of course )

                  Andrea
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                  • #10
                    Golden Retriever...doesn't care about the horses either way. Just wants someone to love her.

                    Blue Heeler...not great with horses. Used to chase and nip. Fortunately my horses don't care about her either way. She usually wound up being chased/kicked/bit. She's slowly learning... She is awesome with kids, though, so I can live with the rest.

                    Almost forgot my puppy...lab/heeler cross. I haven't taken her to the horses yet. She's so goofy I'm sure she'll get kicked at least once.

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                    • #11
                      Sheltie: scared to death of the horses
                      Black Lab: used to run along with the horse when I rode, until she ran in front of us and got trampled. She then stayed away.
                      Spitz: my ditch dog, greets the horse, friendly, but stays out of the way.

                      Be all that you can be forever. Be an organ donar.
                      I\'m not crazy. I\'m just a little unwell.

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                      • #12
                        Here are some of our dogs:

                        www.starbornhavs.com

                        We have one retired stud dog whose job it is to go to feed horses with us. If we are sitting around with company or are unusually late going to feed he will come remind us it's time to go.

                        We also have a Sheltie/Border/Golden mix farm dog that goes with us on the trails and is comfortable around the horses.
                        www.HistoricHousePreservation.com

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                        • #13
                          I have a really cute black and white (blue roan) English cocker spaniel. She is a spoiled only-child-at-home and thus is not a good barn dog. She is jealous of the horse and wants to explore, all without regard for the fact that she could get stepped on. My horse, however, loffs her!! Here's her picture:

                          http://community.webshots.com/photo/...82970978ouTYbq

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                          • #14
                            1 Rottweiler, 1 Great Dane/Shepherd, and 2 boxers. The rottie is perfect! She has been going to the barn every day since she was 10 weeks old. She loves to go out and graze with my horse or just lie next to him. The mix I got when she was 7 months old and she is really good and figured out the routine (& pond) quickly and has actually become quite protective of the horses and barn. The boxers are great and the bonus with them is the extremely short coat so they clean off easily and shed so little its barely noticable.

                            It is definitely easiest to start with puppies so they grow up around the horses and you can correct problems before they start. Another thing to think about/consider is to consider what the dog was bred for and steer clear of herding breeds. While they can be great dogs, especially well trained ones, if horses running and playing their natural instinct will be to chase and be nippy.

                            Good Luck!

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                            • #15
                              Off topic: Farmdad, your dogs are adorable!!! I especially love the one on the main page - too cute!

                              On topic: We have a Westie who we don't usually take to the barn, but another person we know brings theirs and he seems to do well there. Westies are adorable and loveable....but that white coat might be a problem at the barn.

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                              • #16
                                I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback. She's an AWESOME barn dog. She has no desire to chase the horses, and she sticks close to me all the time. Riana goes to the barn with me daily, accompanies me when I gallop and goes on trail rides.

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                                • #17
                                  butkrustag. I have to ask...how DO you pronounce your name? Or is it one of those that isn't meant to be pronounced? Sorry to ask but I did a double take when I sounded it out in my head.

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                                  • #18
                                    We have a black German Shepherd mix who came out of the woods one day about six years ago & she has turned into the best barn dog ever. She has such a sixth sense when a horse isn't feeling well and with the new foals - she'll watch over them all day. Our other barn dog is a Doberman who we adopted from the Doberman Rescue and he also has turned into a marvelous dog around the horses. I think a female dog - what ever breed you choose - would be the place to start as they have more of a nurturing attitude.

                                    "... one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith; spread your arms, hold your breathe and always trust your cape." ~s&g clark~
                                    \"... one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith; spread your arms, hold your breath and always trust your cape.\" ~s&g clark~

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                                    • #19
                                      I have a Royal Moravian. These dogs were bred in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire region and were used extensively and exclusively by the royal court as their carriage dogs. Mine stands about 14 inches at the shoulder, has a long rough weaton colored coat and a gay tail.He is wonderful with the horses (naturally) but they are very rare in this country.

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                                      • #20
                                        I have an English Springer Spaniel. She was kind of a wuss at first, and doesn't pay a lot of attention. She would sniff the horses, then just kind of look at them and sit down in front of them. HULLO!!! Our family has had several Springer Spaniels, and they aren't the brightest dogs in the world when it comes to horses. Lol. There are two JRT at my barn and they are fabulous barn dogs, right from being puppies, they were very aware and well behaved. Neither chase the horses or get in the way. One goes on hacking with the owner, but the other is old and can't handle long hacks. In general, I recommend them!!! They are awesome, fun dogs.

                                        *Trinity* & *Spartacus*

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