"No. NO! This way! Come ON!"
February 6, 2013 10:26 AM   Subscribe

posted by DU at 10:30 AM on February 6, 2013 [7 favorites]

The horse clearly doesn't understand that the dog is jerking him around. If he did, I think this video would be pretty gruesome.

The dog doesn't understand what's going on, either, I think. He thinks he's playing tug of war, rather than yanking on something that's attached to his friend's face.
posted by grobstein at 10:32 AM on February 6, 2013

Smart dog knows how to get a horse to play tug-o-war. "Look, LOOK! Grass! OK, ok, OH!! LOOK AT THE GRASS OVER HERE!"
posted by carsonb at 10:32 AM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

I wonder what is going on in the dog's head...like what is his goal? Is it YEAH TUG OF WAR WHEEE or TIME TO WALK I KNOW WALKS I CAN DO THE WALK THING or BIG DOG I WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO WALK GRRR or what?
posted by The Whelk at 10:33 AM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

Anyone who's ever seen dogs and horses together knows they're bros.
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:35 AM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

That is basically also how I walk horses.

posted by WidgetAlley at 10:45 AM on February 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

"Dude, what's your rush? There's all this choice grass here to be eaten."
posted by arcticseal at 11:05 AM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

It seemed like the dog understood that the horse was feeding on the grass. What I don't get is why the dog kept making the horse switch from one side of the road to the other. There's something else going on there. Is the horse walking the dog?
posted by fuse theorem at 11:09 AM on February 6, 2013

If that were a bridle instead of a halter, I'd put $5 on the horse.
posted by workerant at 11:11 AM on February 6, 2013

Given any excuse I will post this dog and horse playing video. This has been one of the better excuses!
posted by Erasmouse at 11:20 AM on February 6, 2013 [14 favorites]

What I don't get is why the dog kept making the horse switch from one side of the road to the other.

My professional dog-interpreter analysis of the situation is that, yeah, the horse was feeding and the dog recognized the opportunity to play tug-of-war. Tug-tug-tug! The horse knows that tug from being led by a human and eventually moves on from the grass patch, effectively ending the game of tug-o-war. This might be putting too much on that collie, but I think it knows the horse needs the grass to much on before it'll 'play' more tug-o-war. So straight over to the other side of the road, horse says, 'mm grass!' and dog says 'yay tug! tug-tug-TUG!' and the cycle repeats.
posted by carsonb at 11:27 AM on February 6, 2013 [3 favorites]

Adding some speculation to what carsonb said, if this is a work dog there's probably a bit of "I'm Doing A Job!" mixed in - i.e. the dog's (possibly self-selected) Job is "lead horse to grass", with the added incentive of "yay tug" play once the horse gets there. Eventually horse acquiesces to the tug, which it probably perceives as being led, so "yay tug" temporarily becomes Time To Do My Job Again for the dog, ad infinitum.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:39 AM on February 6, 2013

So basically someone has invented a perpetual motion machine.

(is it a perpetual motion machine if it's grass- and dog-food powered?)
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:52 AM on February 6, 2013

It's dogs pulling horses all the way down.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 11:57 AM on February 6, 2013

That is totally unsafe and could get that dog killed.

The dog should use a chain through the halter over the nose as a hackamore to give him more control if the horse gets spooked. Additionally, the dog should be careful to position himself so that if the horse spooks it doesn't run over him.

You really shouldn't give your dog a horse until they learn the basics.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:00 PM on February 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

I once bought a horse that liked to play with sheep. He would pick them up by the fleece, swing them back and forth to get some momentum and then let go. He could sling a full grown sheep quite aways. When we saw this and went out to rescue the poor stupid panicky sheep he picked one up, threw it the dog and ran away. And that folks is why you should always video everything at all times.
posted by fshgrl at 12:35 PM on February 6, 2013 [11 favorites]

I love the part where the horse decides to go along with the dog and starts trotting toward the camera, and the dog is clearly on one side of the camera and the horse on the other with the lead in the middle, and all of a sudden it cuts so that you don't see the gruesome footage of the cameraperson getting clotheslined at knee level.
posted by darksasami at 12:35 PM on February 6, 2013 [3 favorites]

Ha! My dog's useful. He can load the cranky horse in the trailer, duck under the barrier to avoid getting trampled, and then load the easy-going horse and duck out under his belly. He also jump up on the rock crib and on to the back of a loose horse. Jumps up into the saddle on his own. You need a heeler to be useful.

I'd go out and video him on this sunny day, but I'm at work.

No Sir! Was just working on the Excel spreadsheet. No problem!
posted by BlueHorse at 2:29 PM on February 6, 2013 [3 favorites]

I think the dog is simply acting on one of the Basic Principles of Dogdom: when possible, bite your leash. If there's an animal besides yourself attached to it, that's fine. But really: bite your leash.
posted by the sobsister at 6:38 PM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

That dog is a dick. It is the Lucy van Pelt of dogs, forcing that poor horse into a life of Charlie Brown-like servitude and humiliation. A cat would never pull this shit.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 11:33 AM on February 7, 2013

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