It is actually not always something to be happy about. A horse may protect another member of the heard if he feels obliged to help somebody that is weaker, thus, lower in the pecking order of the herd, for example, a foal or a youngster. Alternatively, a stud/gelding may protect a mare in a battle for hierarchy. That means that the horse who is protecting the herd member in question - and that can be a human - is seeing himself as a leader (thus responsible for the well-being of the weaker member) over the one who is being protected. In such cases, the relationships with this horse will go fine and dandy until the human asks something that the horse thinks is disrespectful to ask...
A good thing to remember is to try not to humanize horses too much and not to expect human sense of justice from them.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
Last edited by Saranda; 03-22-2013 at 01:09 PM.