Originally Posted by drizzy
my guess if you tack them up and they turn around to see you, they're somewhat girthy. Not I want to take a chunk out of you, but they're just letting you know they're watching. They could even be ticklish, or they want you to brush harder there. Or it could just be a learned behavior they got from one another if they're close buddies. Left the guy I was riding by a new mare for 10 minutes and she had taught how to paw in unison with her. Hahaha
Perhaps their watching me could be? These horses know, "Saddle = WORK!" They're trail horses and each one will go out once or twice daily (not in the winter; too dangerous with all of the ice and inexperienced riders we get). We actually have one horse, a sturdy Walker named Thunderbird
, who will look "sad" when he sees a heavy-set person approach. There was one instance where a larger person approached. Thunder, who was asleep, looked at the person and then lowered his head in "sadness." It's like he knows that people with bulkier statures will be on him, meaning he has to work a little harder than the other horses. Haha.