Re: [SRD_MUD] horses
- Hi Blue Jonna,
I have ridden with both Bonnie & Stacy and I share the thoughts they have expressed.
I just want to add that there are so few places left for equestrians to bring their dogs where we aren't required to have them on a leash WHILE riding. I know, it sounds incredible, but this is required in Oregon State Parks. This requirement often eliminates the ability to bring our companions along on rides, so it is SERIOUSLY treasured to have that liberty. I am fortunate that I have succeeded in leash training my dog in this manner and my horse tolerates it. I would like to see an electronic collar be accepted as an alternative to leashing, but that's a whole other can of worms. I support & encourage the canine/equestrian experience which can only be achieved by education & training.
Our mission at OET is to practice "Leave No Trace", so I appreciate the comment regarding droppings. The key to keeping the appearance to a minimum is to keep the horse walking while dropping, and dispersing the piles.
Oregon Equestrian Trails
Chehalem Vly. Chptr.
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From: "blue_jonna" <jbwords@...>
> Hi all:
> This is a 2 part question/statement. First let me say I understand
> MUD stands for multi-user and I'm perfectly okay with that but this is
> about horses.
> First,what about relationships between dogs and horses. What do
> people know about that? My dog, who is very friendly and perfectly
> fine with other dogs, starts barking when he sees horses. We met two
> horses a while ago and their people said they were cool with dogs
> which turned out to be true and therefore no problem. But I noticed on
> Sunday that there were two or three horses around the eastern
> (plains?) part of 1,000 acres which meant dogs had a good view from a
> long distance. My two dogs started towards them but I got them away.
> So I guess my question is how do horse people (Bonnie, I noticed
> you said you were a trail rider..)feel about dogs and vice versa? I
> don't have much experience with this so I'm asking others.
> The second part is that when I went over the trail that led through
> the Columbia channel stream; it was pretty well torn up by horses at
> it's lowest, wettest point. Do folks have ideas about that? (On the
> other side, do horses create trails that dog folks can then walk on?)
> And just for the record, I didn't notice great gobs of horse
> droppings anywhere.