Q: Why is it that dogs are not allowed on many trails..but you can walk over horse droppings all day
Most trails in Colorado do not allow dogs...but horses are welcome
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.
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