I've been working with the same group of horses since this past winter and have gotten really close with them and we have a great trusting relationship. Everyone in the herd is really sweet and I never felt nervous around them. Lately there's been some new horses put in the herd, but since the other horses like me so much the new ones accepted me right away.
A couple weeks ago I went out there and there was a new paint out with the herd. We had people coming out to the ranch for the opening and I was in charge of cleaning up all the horses so I greeted the new guy but didnt pay him much attention. I had just grabbed one of the young mares we have and was giving her kisses and saying hello, when I noticed the new paint come up behind me. I was turning to see what was up when he lunged for my face. I was able to turn my head just in time that he took a chunk out of my ear and not my face. Needless to say I answer back with a decent right hook and he took off into the pasture.
I left, obviously, so I could get my ear cleaned up and change my shirt. When I got back I found out the the paint was a STALLION YEARLING that they put in with the herd until the got his own area set up. Wow, thanks for the warning .
Now my problem is that I've been really jumpy around horses ever since. I just started at a new ranch and I'm having problems bonding with the horses because they don't understand why I'm so nervous. Every time a head comes toward me I have to try not to flinch. Its rediculous, and I'm fine with the horse I already know, but I need to get over this stupid fear. Does anyone have any advice?