Let’s talk about... dogs
Pooches on the yard — does it really grind your gears or do you love the pitter-patter sound of paws following you into the feed room? We asked on Facebook and this is what you said...
I DON’T SEE THE PROBLEM
I think it’s great when horses are introduced to well-behaved dogs. I’m happy to welcome other people’s dogs on the yard if they are used to horses, or if anyone has puppies looking to be introduced to horses for the first time. Common sense is needed for everyone’s safety, though. Clare Taylor My horse doesn’t mind dogs running around the yard or going into his field. I think it’s good to get them used to dogs because they’ll always meet them out hacking. Jackie Coyle My horse is used to dogs. He’s even stayed still while a Labrador ran under him. He’s also used to my terriers running alongside him or playing with his football — and we’ve even carried a terrier home while out on a ride. Louise Horwood
I’M NOT CONVINCED
It’s good for horses to get used to dogs, but they need to be controlled. We have people coming to our yard with their dogs and while the majority are on a lead, the odd one or two aren’t and people ignore signs about dogs not being allowed in certain areas. Jane Hall Unfortunately, there is always one or two people who refuse to teach their dog to be a good citizen. I will not board at a yard that allows non-livery owners’ dogs to roam around. Debra Linboe My issue is with unobservant owners who allow their dogs to mess and not clean it up. A run around the yard while mucking out is a lazy alternative to a proper walk. Good owners and their lovely dogs are always welcome if they act responsibly. Lynne Evans