Washoe is not particularly fond of dogs; he has learned to be well-behaved when with humans or being ridden - everything else is fair game. This morning as I went out to feed, the neighbor's dog came bounding over to greet us. The neighbor and I have been working with this puppyish dog to "stay out of the corral", and she tries hard, usually going along the fence line to the corner and then charging over to see me. Today, however, dog was totally on the opposite side of the corral and just came bounding through the corral. Washoe was standing looking at me. Without thinking - and focusing really hard on the dog racing toward us through the corral - I said, "Washoe, get the dog!"
Wow!. I gotta say, I was really impressed with the cutting horse 180 spin he did, launching himself at the dog at a full run. I bet his butt wasn't three feet off the ground, he crouched so low, then just launched before the turn was done, coming to bear on the dog at a full run. Estes, GunDiva's horse, was close by and joined in the fun. Estes is an old hand at the cow chasing thing, so they looked like a matched pair chasing that dog. You should have seen that dog high-tail it out of the corral! I think it might be a day or two before said dog gets in our corral again. Where is that hidden video camera when you want it?