A solo ride-out during the summer, past the five o’clock shadow fields plus green meadows, can be glorious.
Pets, especially Dogs also love coming along on such cool trips. Many horse owners share their life experiences with their tail-wagging quadruped and love taking their Fido along. However, you must ensure that your dog and the horse can accept each other.
Gently and lovingly familiarize your dog and the horse. Teach Fido that it is wrong to bite your horse’s tail and nip her (horse) fetlocks (which is common with herding dogs). One of the ways you can suppress this is by giving him a strict “No!” Otherwise, this type of dog behavior might end up irritating the horse and prompting him to respond with a kick.
For this reason, paddocks are a taboo for your dog. Moreover, never let him run free on meadows or chase the horse! He may give a fright to your hoofed creature. Thus, ensure that your Fido is always well behaved and probably lying down whenever you are saddling or cleaning the horse.
This practice should stick to his head. Inject it slowly and keep praising him whenever he gets it right by giving him a treat.
You should also teach your horse the basic rules – no snapping at your four-legged pet, no kicks. Like dogs, you can use a decisive “No!” To negate a bad behavior from your horse.
Practice makes perfect
When you are having a relaxed ride, try calling your dog to see if he obeys. This can be practiced in the yard and with a back-up (such as praise or treat). Teach him that the command “Side” means trotting alongside (it can be on the left/or right of your horse) without swerving far. Teach him this command, slow by slow, and reward him with ample titbits that you can reduce gradually as the drill becomes more and more reliable. Also, make Fido aware that he is not supposed to jump up at your horse. Exercise patience and you’ll finally have those peaceful rides. Both the horse & hound will end up as a great team!