Of course horses have a sense of humour. It is just that some humans don't recognise when they are being kidded.
On our yard there is a big shire mare,Tara, who really is in trouble. Hopefully she'll make it. She got caught in the electric tape and both of her hind legs are a bloody mess. When the wounds have healed more she is off to the vets for the fitting of a cast on her left hind. In the interim I have been giving her some TLC. She is a 750 kilo treasure really. It has been painful for me to watch her suffering.
Yesterday I took her out into the paddock where there is some spring grass. Understandably she has lost condition over the last few weeks of misery and she needs some of that green green grass. Getting out was fine, we hobbled along at a snail's pace until she realised where she was heading. Then she speeded up the hobbling. The problem came when it was time for her to come back in.
I went out, slipped the head collar on and gave her a bikkie. She ate the bikkie.
So I said: "Come on then Girl" - would she move? - no, not never, not no how.
She merely looked down at me and said "Nope, I ain't going". And there was nothing I could do. So I left her there.
About an hour later, her regular rider: a nine year old, lightly built boy reached the yard and went out to her in the paddock. Luckily I had left the head collar on. He reached up, clipped on the lead rope and she followed him like a lamb. As the couple passed me by at the gate to the field, I'll swear she smiled at me.
Heavy horses are of course something different. Either Tara agrees to do something or it doesn't happen. And sometimes she tries it on. It is not real disobedience it is just her being mischievous.
I just hope that leg heals. I'll forgive her anything so long as she gets better,
PS That Dracula is magnificent but you know that.