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Dogs and Endurance
Subject: RE: Dogs and Endurance
I'm not sure about one breed of dog being better or worse than others
for riding companions, but I take my Dalmations on some rides with me.
It just depends on the speed of the ride and the type of "distractions"
I might encounter. One of them is deaf and her I keep on a 25 ft.
retractable line since she can't hear me call her back if she ranges to
far away. She heels nicely but can get distracted, hince the added
safety of the line. I only do this on my horse, he is handy about lines
and such and won't bolt if tangled. And I only do this when riding by
myself. I don't trust other people's horses to be as forgiving as mine
when a black spotted "monster" leaps a ditch to chase a jackrabbit,
barking insanely all the while.
Hey Tamara and ridecampers,
I also own a deaf dalmatian. I can't take him out to the stable where I
board, but that's alright with me since he is deaf I won't want him
getting hurt. The very first dalmatian I owned, the breeders had horses
and always rode with the dogs. I also read on a dalmatian web page that
they do some kind of endurance competition. Not sure since I read it
some time ago, but something like 25 miles pulling someone in a cart of
some kind. Now that's endurance for a dog. :-) So all you endurance
rides that want a dog that can keep up with you, consider a dalmatian.
The web pages have lots of information on the breed as they are not for
everyone (usually people with not a lot of time to spend with them and
not a lot of space for them to run). I have loved all my Dals and if I
could I would love to take mine with me on rides.
Julie A. O'Neill
214 E. State St.
Mascoutah, Ill. 62258
I love riding my horse!
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