My mare is 4 years old and has been off the track for about a year. Since I've had her (2.5 months), she has had the weirdest habit of stretching ALL the time- usually once each time I see her. She bows like a dog if I stretch her legs out after tacking up, or just whenever she feels like it. She never does it when I'm picking her feet or riding or in a dangerous place like that- just if I'm getting the saddle or putting on my helmet...I think she is going to lay down, but her hind legs always stay upright. Whenever the farrier comes, she always does this- up to 10 times in just a trim. It's like she is going to lay on him, but she is just stretching. Our farrier is AWESOME, so he just laughs it off, but I'm starting to think this is a bad habit.
Why would she do it more when she sees the farrier? Has anyone ever experienced this? Could this be like cribbing where she gets a really good feeling from stretching, so she keeps doing it? Should I just laugh it off, or is there a way to stop it? I've tried a smack on the belly and a firm voice, but I'm not there every time she does it and I usually just get a grumpy look from her, but she keeps stretching.