Dogs and barns seem to go hand in hand. Of course, there are your stereotypical Corgi’s and Jack Russell Terrier barn dogs; those don’t seem to bother me too much. Corgi’s and Jack Russell’s sorta’ fit the barn atmosphere – they’re chill and out of the way, for the most part.
The barn is for riding, not showcasing your pocket dog.
The worst thing is driving up to a barn and trying to get out of your car with a pack of dogs at your door. I don’t dislike dogs. I have a dog, I love my dog. But, I don’t expect anyone else to love my dog, think my dog is cute, pet my dog, or allow my dog to jump on them, lick them, rub on them, or get in their car. I don’t go to the barn to pet dogs. I don’t go to the barn to keep dogs from taking stuff out of my tack box. I don’t go to the barn so that a dog can run out in front of a fence I am going to jump. I don’t go to the barn so a dog can run right in front of my horse as I’m cantering on the rail. I don’t go to the barn to get full of dog hair.
So, for everyone who thinks it is so cute that their dog goes to the barn with you, don’t think everyone else at the barn thinks it’s cute. Even if they don’t say anything – they may even tell you your dog is sweet, nice, or some other compliment – know they are just being nice.
I don’t go to the barn to pet dogs. I don’t go to the barn to keep dogs from taking stuff out of my tack box.
Even more importantly, please spare everyone from having to fake a smile or laugh when you bring your pocket dog to the barn with a new sweater, blanket, coat, or fancy collar. It’s not show and tell. The barn is for riding, not showcasing your dog.
I wish more barns would ban dogs (besides resident dogs) from the property or at least mandate leashes!
Bottom line, there too many damn dogs at the barn.