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Kelly

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Christmas Day Drive and a German Shepherd!

Since hubby left for a trip yesterday I took Stormy to TRT Main Park for a Christmas drive. He usually works every Christmas so I am usually out with horses doing something fun. Luckily it turned out to be a beautiful day with a high of 50 degrees. I was debating whether I should drive Stormy or Breezy at the park yesterday and decided to take Stormy for a nice and relaxing drive plus I didn’t want to over do it with Breezy. And I am so glad I took Stormy! A man’s German shepherd got off its leash and ran straight for us. I saw it coming and quickly got out of my bike. Stormy handled it like the little champ he is! He didn’t bolt or do anything stupid, he did flinch but that is to be expected because the dog was in his face after all. My neighbors dog is always charging the fence barking at the horses, so Stormy is desensitized to this, but when it happens away from home and with unfamiliar dogs you just never know how things will turn out. I did get my kicking leg ready and was about to kick the dog but it ended up on the opposite side and the man was pretty quick to retrieve him. I really need to have my mace ready at a moments notice because that could have turned out really bad especially with the bayou having such steep banks right next to the trail. If we started to head down the banks of the bayou we would probably end up in the river, I don’t think Stormy would be able to stop us once we get going down hill, he is just too small. Other than that our drive through the park was fun and uneventful.

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I'm so happy you chose Stormy and he was such a solid champ for you! And the guy was able to get to his dog quickly. And no one was hurt. Whew!
I know nothing about using mace. Is it difficult to aim properly when in a hectic situation? If the dog is at the horse's head, can it be aimed to hit the dog and not the horse?
I have used my whip on dogs before that harrass my horses.
Pretty scary--definitely consider that An Adventure!
 

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Mace would work best if you could intercept the dog before it got to your horse. If the wind is blowing against you, you can't use it. And it would be a challenge to use it if the ruckus has already started. A whip or a stick might be better in some situations. I know someone that walked(no animal) with a BB gun because of dogs. Sometimes a stern voice is enough. But shutting the dog down before they start engaging is what you want, for sure.
 

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I’m thinking of getting bear spray, it says it shots up to 30 feet. I wouldn’t aim it any where close to my horses head. You can also get a holster for it. And you’re right Dragon Hill, it all happened so fast that I’m not sure I would have even had time to grab the mace or bear spray.
 

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Yes, we must deal with it before it escalates. I have never had a dog charge full on me without warning. The ones I have dealt with approach more stealthily. I have time to smack them or point the whip at them with a stern NO. If the owner is there, I stop my horse and wait for him to call back his dog. If the dog is alone I stop and wait till he backs off. Usually walking away is best--if you try to move off quickly it incites the dog again. If dogs are loose in yards, ALWAYS walk calmly past that yard. Usually they are just protective of their territory and don't bother us if we are calm.
 

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