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post #1 of 7 Old 12-16-2012, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Crazy Jeleous or Something else?

Lately (the past couple weeks) I have not been able to spend much time with Bunny, as by the time I get home its dark and freezing and I've been sick. Well yesterday I went out to spend some time with her, as soon as she saw me she came flying up to the pasture gate, but stopped fast as soon as she realized Willow (Our new mare) was following. Bunny turned on a dime, flattened hear ears and gave Willow the meanest look possible. Of course, Bunny being in charge Willow quickly backed off.
After going into her stall and giving them each a couple flakes of hay, Bunny was constantly on edge, watching Willow, and each time Willow would start to come into the stall (we have two, but she wanted in with us, haha) Bunny would chase her out, come back and give me a kiss then go back to eating.
This went on for a couple hours.

You may say she's just an attention hog, but she dosn't do this with anybody else. Actually she dosn't really care for most other people, and if you don't have treats she wanders off to find something else to do.

When I went inside, I grabbed the saddle pad because it needed washed pretty bad. As soon as she saw it she must've have thought we were going on a ride, her ears pricked and she whinnied as loudly as she could, prancing around in her stall waiting for me to let her into the barn area. I felt so bad! It was adorable but she was visibly put off when she realized I wasn't taking her out.

Well I mostly just wanted to share, but if you can come up with anything other than her being jeleous I'd like to hear it. Haha.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-16-2012, 07:58 AM
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Alpha mare behavior when it comes to the other horse, as well as the fact that horses have NO friends when it comes to food. She may like going out under saddle. Some horses do.

Sorry, but you trying to anthropomorphise her behavior into 'jealousy' just doesn't pass the sniff test.

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She does this without food, as well though.
But I know what you mean.

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Shows me that you are not the leader!
If I want to fuss any horse then I will and if another tries to chase it off then I show that one who is leader.
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Shows me that you are not the leader!
If I want to fuss any horse then I will and if another tries to chase it off then I show that one who is leader.
She doesn't chase her off if I decide to mess with her. Example: I went up to Willow and lead her into the other stall, told Bunny to Stay, and she did. She definatley wasn't happy but she gave me my space. Its only when Willow tries to come without me asking her too that she chases her off.

I am leader with both horses.

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I'll play along with her being jealous, lol.
My pony bosses my mare around, though, when I'm in the same area with them or close to them both, I don't allow any squabbling. I don't want to be accidentally ran into or tripped over.
Mine aren't happy about ay equipment unless it's to stuff their mouths full of food. =D

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She is generally very tolerable with Willow when by themselves or with other people around. Its just with me.
And with the being run over, she's careful (I know.. she's a horse, but she is) and only walks when she is close to me but once out of my space she will start chasing Willow off.

Bunny definatley prefers going in a halter and bareback, but if it means going to "work" (play for her, haha) she'll put up with my crazy need for a saddle and bridle/bit. :b

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