Flag

Q: Why is it that dogs are not allowed on many trails..but you can walk over horse droppings all day

October 27, 2008 | By Robin W. | 5 answers | Expired: 2108 days ago

Robin W.

Most trails in Colorado do not allow dogs...but horses are welcome

Readers' Answers (5)
Scmar65
Flag

Oct 28, 2008

More than likely, if horses are allowed on certain trails, they ban dogs from those trails for safety. Not all dogs are good with horses and if a dog were to chase a horse, the horse may spook and then cause injury to himself, his rider or even the dog.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Katiemissy
Flag

Oct 31, 2008

Why did zootoo have to put a political hot button issue up on their website? It is really offensive to some of us. How about compassion for another underdog group?

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

Amy C.
Flag

Oct 28, 2008

In most cases, dogs aren't allowed on horse trails because of safety issues. My dogs ride with me and my horses all the time, but they also know not to bark or run up under my horse's feet. I also know that my horses aren't going to kick my dogs because they are used to them. However, I have ridden on trails where dogs have gone nuts when they saw the horses and it causes spooking problems even with horses that are normally fine with dogs. I would never take my very well-behaved dogs to public trails simply because I am afraid that someone else's horse would hurt them. I've seen dogs get kicked and stomped by frightened horses. You have to realize that horses are prey animals and dogs are preditors to them. Even if the dog is leashed, you never know what can happen when animals get overly excited or scared. The areas where trail riders can go are shrinking because of environmentalists who think we harm the land and legislators. There are plenty of safe dog places where horses aren't allowed to go, let the horses have their areas too. It is safer for everyone involved; human, equine, and canine.

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

You might also enjoy:

Got a question about your pet? Get the answers you need from Zootoo's community of pet experts and owners.

Advertisement

Advertisement