If you own a dog and a horse you will need to teach them to behave around each other. This means teaching the dog not to bark at or act aggressively toward the horse, not to chase the horse, and to be cautious around the horse's feet. It also means teaching your horse to be calm around the dog and ignore the dog, maybe even watch out for the dog under their feet. But, what if you want to combine your love for your horse and your dog into a cute trick, such as having your dog lead your horse on a lead line. A miniature dachshund in the UK recently became an internet star, leading a pony around a stable. The little dog looked so cute and confident, and the pony so patient, everyone fell in love with them! Teaching your dog to lead a horse can be an entertaining trick and who knows, might even come in handy someday!
For this trick, you should use a lead line that allows your dog to move out in front of the horse without getting stepped on, but not so long that it drags on the ground or can become entangled or stepped on by the horse. Your horse should be well halter broke and quiet so that the horse obediently follows the dog. Both dog and horse should be well acclimatized to each other, so neither is frightened by the other. Use a safe enclosure with rail fencing and no obstacles that can tangle up the dog, horse, or lead line. You may want to use a clicker to mark and shape behavior. Remember to provide treats for both your horse and your dog to reward them for being calm and obedient.