For many animal lovers, it is the absolute dream: dash through the fields on his horse – and the dog whizzes alongside. But in order for the interaction between dog and horse to be harmonious, you have to pay attention to a few things. What exactly, reveals pferde.de expert Harriet Jensen in the current episode of “Pet-Talks: Horse”, the advice podcast from DeineTierwelt.
Many riders have a dog – and accordingly, the question often arises of how to integrate the dog into everyday life in the stable. “It is important to think about what to do with the dog when you want him to go to the stable,” advises Harriet. “After all, you ride there or you are busy with other things.”
It is also important to check with the stable operator whether dogs are allowed in the stable at all. “That is not the case everywhere,” explains the expert, who owns a dog and a horse herself.
Dog and horse get used to each other slowly
And for good reason: Dogs and horses have to get used to each other slowly. As escape animals, horses are actually designed to flee from strange or dangerous animals. And if a horse panics in the stable lane, it can be seriously injured.
Horses are not necessarily harmless to dogs either. Many horses kick or stomp when afraid. If the dog is hit, it can be fatal.
And what about riding out together? “You should only go out with the dog if you have both horse and dog under 100 percent control at all times,” says Harriet. “For example, I don’t take my dog with me because it can’t be called up immediately in every situation.”
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