Border Collies have a natural herding instinct. This is why they are the most common dog of choice as modern sheepdogs and, to this day, the most popular method used by farmers to move their livestock. You may have a herd of horses that can sometimes be tricky to move from one field to the other and feel you could do with a little help. This is where your loyal and eager companion comes in to help you out.
Your Border Collie can learn to work as a team with you to herd your horses and will adore the chance to please you. You will be able to tell if your Border Collie has the instinct he needs to herd by his desire to play fetch. If this comes naturally to him, the next step is to teach him to obey your commands and focus on his work.
Training him to herd will be fun and exciting and once you start seeing your Border Collie transform into an expert herder, you will be glad you put in the hard work.
For the herd of horses, preferably start with around 3 – 5 so that it’s not too challenging for your dog. A lead rope and halter will be required for the first method in order to tie the horse up.
Finn is very good at obedience and agility but around my horses he loses his mind! He will not recall, go down or place. He doesn’t seem to hear any commands. I have reverted to leash training but can’t seem to get through to him at all when he is near them.
Thank you for the great picture of Finn. I suggest working on Finn's commands while near the horses, first without paying attention to them. Make a few trips to the stable to work on obedience and get it fine-tuned to the point of excellence and then, reintroduce the horses. Here is an article from a horse website (maybe join a horse forum, too for advice). https://ihearthorses.com/6-important-tips-for-keeping-dogs-safe-around-horses/ After Finn is heeling, and staying in place at the stable, try The Slow Introduction Method, starting at square one with the leash on as described in the Wag! guide here. Enlist help from a friend or family member as well. https://wagwalking.com/training/behave-around-horses All the best and good luck!
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