My 20 year old mare is like this. She is actually a very sweet girl from a distance. She's been like this her whole life... When I spend QT with her, I stand in her stall and talk to her. She loves it. She HATES being touched and rubbed. Its very strange, she will stand for grooming, but you can tell she isn't pleased about it. When I go in and talk to her, she will occasionally come over and give me a sweet nudge on my hand, but that's the extent of it.
The way I see it is that horses, like people, have different personalities. Some people give and like hugs and are in your bubble all the time, and some people like to be left alone, or just don't like to be touched. Blaze doesn't like to be touched. She's fantastic on the trails, I have never had a problem while riding her...
She would just prefer a good conversation over a back rub. Its just who she is :)
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