1 > i walked around the barn so my dog would get use to the horses.
i also let him get very close to the horses. it's the
socializing and and early training for the future around horses.
2 > holding him up to look at the horse in the face
was another part of socializing and training. the training
and socializing leads to the dog being off leash
around horses because he knows how to act.
3 > holding your son up to a horse is good training.
he won't be afraid of horses and he probably won't
jump at them. i held my children up to horses and i did expect them to learn how to interact with them. my children had horses by the time they
12 yrs, old. i knew early training around horses would
help them in the future.
4 > the OP owns horses. the OP had their dog since
it was a puppy. i think the dog should have been taught how to act around horses by now. the dog is 15 months old
and raised around horses. the difference in waiting is now you have 15 month old dog that doesn't know why to act around horses that it was raised with.
5 > i don't think the Op's horse is boarded.
6 > you said " perhaps her schedule was different and she didn't go home before going to the barn" what does that mean??? she didn't go home before going to the barn, wwwhhhaaattt?
7 > i don't think this is 1st time the dog is off
the leash around horses.
seems like you're trying to make an issue
out of this post or you didn't read and understand the post.
obviously you don't anything about socializing
a dog and horses.
1 > Walking your dog around a horse barn as a puppy and letting it off leash at a farm to be loose around horses are two very different things.
2> Holding your puppy up to look at a horse can not be compared to a young adult GSD off leash around them.
3 > I've held my 10 wk old son up to my horse so horse could sniff him and he could see my horse, but that doesn't mean when he's 18 months old he'll be expected to know how to safely behave and interact with one.
4 > Regarding why the poster "waited' - what difference does it make now? If she'd adopted an adult she'd be in the same situation and need training advice. There could be a number of reasons why the dog wasn't around the horse as a puppy.
5 > Perhaps the barn she boarded at didn't allow dogs (most around here don't), perhaps she was nervous of a young pup and large horse,
6 > perhaps her schedule was different and she didn't go home before going to the barn, or
7 > perhaps she is just now letting the dog off lead and the problems started.