Wally and Kevin!
Back in the day when Kathy and I use to do trail rides, folks would often ask if they could bring their dogs on the ride. My answer was always no! Having said that, when I ride alone or I’m day working for one of the ranches around I always take Kevin the cow dog. So why would I not let anyone else bring their dogs?
Mainly because I don’t know their dogs and don’t know how they are around horses. In this case they were my horses. I was primarily concerned about the safety of those on the ride. Adding dogs to the mix, dogs I didn’t know, added another factor I had no control over. So, it was just easier not to take them.
But you want to take your dog with you on the trail. There is nothing wrong with that, I do it too. However you want to make sure that you are safe on the trail and if you are riding with someone else you have to take in to consideration how they, or their horse, will react to dogs. You can usually work that out with the person or persons you will be riding with, but you should at least consider others you are riding with.
If your horse has been around dogs they will probably be just fine. However if your dog has never been around horses, it could become a wreck.
All that being said, if you come here to ride, I will probably not take Kevin on the ride. Not that I’m worried about him or how my horses will react. But, I do worry how the others riding will react. Some folks get worried enough just going on the ride. You ad a dog and they just can’t stop watch over their shoulder, worrying about where the dog is and, if the dog going to scare their horse.
I want to stay safe on the trail and want those that go with me to be safe as well. Sometimes, in order to minimize problems, I will just leave the dogs at the house..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.