But how do you achieve this? Before you introduce your horse and your puppy there are some things you have to consider. Your puppy is young, inexperienced, probably small, at least smaller then he’s going to be, and may be nervous about larger animals. A horse is big, really big, like... the biggest dog your puppy has ever seen! It is not uncommon for a puppy to be pretty intimidated by a horse, and to make matters more difficult, horses can be nervous and spook around a fast-moving, unpredictable puppy, making for a potentially disastrous situation.
Puppies should be kept on a leash and introduced to quiet horses. Often, holding the puppy gives more control of the situation, as well as protection and security for the puppy, and makes your puppy less likely to startle or annoy your horse. Providing positive first experiences with horses will make your puppy feel secure and confident around horses and as he matures he will be able to enjoy and like horses. You can even get your puppy to recognize horses as pack mates if you handle introductions and socialization correctly.
Safety, safety, safety! When introducing a puppy to horses, so that your new puppy will learn to like being around horses, you need to control the situation for your puppy's sake and your horses'. Puppies can easily be accidentally stepped on and horses can easily be startled. When introducing animals be sure to use a mature, calm, horse that is comfortable around dogs and keep horse and puppy on leads to control interaction. You can provide your puppy with treats to create a positive association.