|Barked: Wed Dec 26, '12 11:15am PST |
|Ok, just blew my top. Let's see if "six horses" comes back
That would depend on the horse, now, wouldn't it? How many horses have you worked with? Have you worked with off the track thoroughbreds? Horses with questionable histories? Horses that have previously been attacked by dogs? I think perhaps that you might want to rethink your overly generalized statement.
I have reschooled racehorses for twenty years. I have also been a stallion manager for Egyptian Arabians and Morgans. Moreover, I grew up in NYC, where most of the horses were reschooled racers, and did just fine. I have also been on the backside at NYRA tracks throughout my childhood and into my early adult years.....horses get hot because they know a race is coming. Many back at the barn are pussycats. Probably the best example of this is the recent grand celebrity Zenyatta, who was so amped before her races she could barely contain herself or hold still....that was her legend.....yet on the backside was such a pussycat that her fans could be allowed over to give her a cuddle. This horse, Stoney....you know, the VICTIM?!...... did not bolt until the dog was ATTACHED TO HIS LEG! I will further add that I co-chair a rescue and have been assessing shelter dogs for fifteen years. I have been a Pit Bull advocate for twenty. I have a PB foster right now with high prey drive, particularly towards cats, but I can call him off his drive. Pit Bull leader organization Bad Rap ****recommends AGAINST dog parks in any situation any way.**** I think perhaps YOU need to learn a little more. I have been involved in horses for a really long time, and no, I have not worked with a horse who has been attacked by a dog...chased, sure, attacked?, no....because there are very few dogs who would think to launch a predator attack on a horse. The worst you get it some heel nipping, and they usually try that once and the hoof imprint stuck on their face has them think the wiser of it. Worrying horses would be the most normal complaint. Not attacking. I have assessed Pit Bulls for many, many years and have dedicated a part of my life to them. This dog is no Lennox. PB advocates need to find their champions. They are all over the place. A clueless owner and a high drive dog are not that. Not by a long shot. I will also add, as I have said before, that as a young adult I boarded a horse in NYC, on 89th, hacked into Central Park every day. Loose dogs everywhere. Of every shape and variety. At a walk, trot, canter or nice open gallop around the reservoir. I am very aware of dog reactions in basically an identical setting. For a number of years, daily experience. I am very aware of a range of reactions. This was extreme."
Edited by author Wed Dec 26, '12 11:19am PST
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