Most horse farms have a dog or two. It’s important that your horse is properly introduced to your canine friend. While the two can usually live in harmony, you never quite know how they’ll take each other. Always practice caution and never assume anything!
Tips for Introducing Dogs & Horses
- Your dog should have basic obedience! They should listen to your commands. If the situation gets questionable, they should respond to a sit or down signal. Your dog should also remain on a leash until you’re certain everyone gets along.
- It can be helpful to let them see each other from afar first. Your horse can be in their stall or pasture. Casually walk your dog around the farm to get them acquired with the environment.
- Ask a barn buddy to assist with the introduction. Someone can hold the horse and the other the dog. This allows one to be taken away quickly, especially if things take a turn for the worse.
- Read the situation carefully. If there’s any aggression or nerves, then reduce the pressure. You can take one further away or even try again at a later time.
- Positive interactions should be rewarded with a praise and pat.
Things don’t always go as planned, so take it slowly. Remember, safety first! You don’t want anyone getting hurt.