A horse was savagely mauled by a dog at Hillary’s Beach on Saturday with skin and flesh ripped from its stomach.
Blake Weller said the dog charged out of nowhere at his horse Ku as the pair emerged from the water.
He was thrown from the horse and almost trampled but managed to hold onto the reins during the five minute frenzy as families with young children watched helplessly on.
Mr Weller said he tried to whip the dog to keep it away but it managed to take a bite out of Ku’s side.
Ku is a prized horse who had a promising career as a show jumper that was now in doubt.
The wound is on the horse’s side where a rider’s foot would sit. Mr Weller said it was unlikely it would ever completely heal to a point that Ku could compete.
He would also now need to come up with the veterinary fees, which would be at least $1000.
In a Facebook post that attracted nearly 1000 comments in less than four hours, Mr Weller said the owner was lucky his dog was not killed.
“All I wanted to do was spend time with my horses at the beach.”
Mr Weller said what hurt the most was that the dog owner didn’t apologise for the attack, which he has since reported to the local ranger.
“Dog owners need to take more responsibility … is it really that hard to put a leash on a dog?” he said.
“A lead costs $2 versus thousands of dollars in veterinary fees.”
Mr Weller said it was lucky the horse wasn’t being ridden by a child or the outcome could have been even more disastrous.
According to the City of Joondalup’s website, dogs are allowed to be exercised at the Hillary’s horse beach, which is just metres from the dog beach, but they must be restrained in the mornings.