BNI MENTAL HEALTH BREAK: “Dogquestrian” odd couple June 22, 2022 by BareNakedIslam 7 Comments h/t Liz
Grace Joy says
I love this! I am a dog person, and will admit horses scare me a bit only cause I have minimal experience with them. I have a dog (Doc) and a free-roaming rabbit (Dizzy, who liked to hop in circles when I first got her and is also litter box trained). Doc MUST have everything that Dizzy has, especially when it comes to food. Hence, Doc gets some lettuce in the morning, some carrot, apple, or pear in the afternoon, and a bit of rabbit pellets in the evening. Of coarse, they both will eat hay and an occasional banana as a treat. If I don’t give Doc any, he finds a way to thief some behind my back (sometimes done purposefully to watch his methods). It’s a fun dynamic.
As always, thanks Bonnie for the gr8 video!
Bugsy, what I find amazing is that he allows the dog to jump on his back at will. Horses are prey animals, and their inherent instinct is to run away from or buck off any predator, like a mountain lion, that jumps on its back.
Wow! Horses are prey animals? Never thought of it like that, but ya. All animals, including humans, are prey especially when small. Still surprising, seeing as how huge they are. You think maybe because the dog was a pup when started and the horse knew it wasn’t a threat? Maybe trusting the owner?
Yes, and their main defense is their speed. They are often attacked in the wild by the big cats. And yes, trust is the main issue and all the time they spend together since he was a puppy.
Usually, when a person falls off a horse, the horse gets scared and runs off. When I fall off my horse, he stands there and puts his face down to mine as if to ask, what are you doing down there?
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