When dog meets horse

As a border collie owner, I often find myself wondering what type of human Holly would be. Would she be an intellectual? A teacher? A leader? Soldier? No, I have a sneaky feeling she would enjoy being a prison guard or a bodyguard.

At just over a year old, Holly’s farm dog genes are really kicking in (every time Holly tries to see off a farmer’s land rover, cattle, or more recently, horse-the-farmer-is-riding, I hear the shout above the urgent barking: “that’ll make a nice sheepdog”). She wants to herd: to control, guide, bend to her will. But she mostly wants to protect the pack (members and territory) from danger. Unfortunately, anything big or unusual that moves is considered by Holly to be dangerous.

So, we are out walking and pass by a field. Two horses wander over to see who we are. Holly goes batshit at them. These cob mares really don’t give a monkeys what Holly does, so I let her have a little bit of exposure therapy. Here’s what happened.

blog-2223“I’m keeping my eye on you!”

blog-2225“Am I bovvered?” also: “are you going to give me a scratch then, human?” (sadly, no – Holly won’t let me).

blog-2229“I’m gonna get you, you evil dangerous monster!! (and stay away from my Human)”

blog-2232“Oh my god, it looked at me! Abort charge!!”

blog-2241“I’m watching you… (what do I do now?)”

blog-2265“Oh my god!!!! There’s another one! I need reinforcements! … why don’t they run away?”

blog-2282By which time, the horses decide to liven things up and take the game to Holly. “Wheeee!”

blog-2359“Sod this, I’m going to play in the river”

So – prison guard – control, punish, escort? Or bodyguard – protect, escort, defend? I suspect the human Holly would enjoy both those jobs.

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About Yasmine

After working with horses for many years I came to my senses and got a 'proper job'. I now live in Weardale with My Taller Half, a mad border collie and 5 chickens. Still wishing I could spend all my time in the great outdoors
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4 Responses to When dog meets horse

  1. mickcgorman says:

    I love the pictures. 😀
    I have video of my Collie, Indy, chasing horses on the farm when he was 12 weeks old but now he goes around the edge of the field if there are horses in it? I am guessing the horses taught him a lesson between 12 weeks and when we got him at 9 months? 🙂

  2. LMAO ‘Batshit!’
    Great blog mate with really good pics, like i was there. Great to read and funny…ha ‘Batshit!’

  3. sally holmes says:

    Beautiful pics!!! X

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