At the stable I used to work at, they once had a a mini named Nelly. She was very cute, but HATED children. If any child walked by her stall or paddock fence she'd pin her ears and she'd get that snake-y look. Kids weren't allowed to touch her, let alone ride her. So it was our job to try and get her over this, but she also hated being caught.
Luckily, she usually would follow all the other ponies in, if everyone had to come in, but good luck if you wanted to catch just her.
One time, we had to bring all the ponies in, but she wouldn't come. She was eating the last bits of hay in the round bale feeder. So I walked out there to get her, and she suddenly turned evil. As soon as I got up next to her, she reared straight up, bared her teeth, and lunged forward about to bite me. But luckily the round bale feeder was right there, so I jumped in so she couldn't reach me. She didn't care, she turned around and kicked the crap out of the round bale feeder. I yelled for another worker to get me a whip, and she tossed it to me over the fence. As soon as I had the whip I whacked it right on her butt, and her whole demeanor changed. Almost like she was shocked that I would even do something like that to her. I made her work, I stayed in the round feeder, but I made her run circles around me. Eventually I let her stop, and got out and caught her with no problems.
That was only time I have ever felt seriously threatened by a horse, or should I say mini. I don't know what I would have done if she were a full grown horse because she would have probably been able to reach me in the round feeder. She just needed someone to step up, and become boss. Her problems being caught were old news after that event.
Last edited by whitetrashwarmblood; 04-03-2010 at 06:22 PM.