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        03-22-2013, 07:45 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    No protecting, but mine are pretty loyal/faithful/respectful. Even though they've thrown me off because I pissed them off, or an accident has happened, they've not once run away after the fact. As nice as it would seem to have a horse protect you from harm, I have to agree with Saranda, the horse is seeing him/herself as the leader, which will cause you a lot of problems in the future if this horse continues to act as the alpha and treat you as the omega.
         
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        03-22-2013, 08:57 PM
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    I have a mare that will stand between me and the rest of the herd when I give out hay or grain. When the rest of the herd is full of beans I appreciate this. I don't mind using her as pass interference. I don't think that means she loves me, I don't know that she regards me as someone needing protection either. I think it just means that she wants to be first to the grain/hay and heck if we both benefit from that then all the better. When we both benefit its called mutualism. She gets grain/hay and I don't dodge heels all the way out.
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        03-22-2013, 08:59 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I train the lead horse of the herd to 'protect' me when I am feeding oats. I would be hauling two five gallon pails of oats and I would position the lead horse at my side (he/she would get to snitch from the pail) and they would keep all the bucking and kicking horses away from me.
    For sure, the horse is protecting their oats, but at the same time they are keeping me safe from random flying hooves.
         
        03-22-2013, 09:23 PM
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    I have seen a horse protect a person once in my life. My daughter was with her borrowed/ work lease horse and a horse that had serious beef with her horse got loose. Her horse was tied and she was along side him. As the other gelding charged him, her gelding turned his side to the attack and protected our daughter. He took a full on hit in the side. Blocking our daughter. I feel if he wasn't protecting her he would of spun to kick at the aggression.
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        03-22-2013, 09:33 PM
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    My horse will shoo the other horses away if I'm carrying a bag or pocketful of treats, but it's no more than pinning of the ears. If he went after them, I would go after him, because all it is is the 'pecking order' of the herd. You need to be on top of that pecking order, because if a lead horse goes to put you in your place it will end very, very badly unless you're able to quickly and effectively deal with the situation. Horses are herd animals, but they don't feel love in the same way humans do and it's very dangerous to treat them like you would a human or a dog. This isn't 'pretty pony fairy tale land', as much as we might like it to be.
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        03-22-2013, 09:44 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Whenever I bring my horse in from the pasture, the other 2 race around, sometimes extremely close to me with hooves flying everywhere. My horse would block me from them when they get to rowdy. He senses me getting scared and turns his body into my own wall of protection.
         
        03-22-2013, 09:45 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    When my mom was a teenager, she worked with a very notable trainer in the area retraing OTTBs into show horses. Once she rode her favorite, a sweet three year chestnut Bold Ruler granddaughter, into the backfield by herself to read like she always did. Missy got stung by a bee, and started to bolt. My mom was on her back, and fell off, getting her foot caught in the stirrup and about to get dragged/kicked on her helmet-less head. She yelled the filly's name, and Missy stopped cold and let my mom right herself. Missy VERY easily could of killed my mom, and Missy only had about two months of training on her. That was the only time my mom ever fell off of that horse.

    My mom has told me this story countless times since I was little, and she was devastated when her Missy's owners sold her as a broodmare. She was going to buy her, but shattered her shoulder/collar bone getting thrown off of another TB and was laid up for months.
         
        03-23-2013, 12:32 AM
      #18
    Foal
    My horse doesn't protect me, but the one and only time I've fallen off of her, she waited for me instead of running back to the barn, but she's also very respectful.

    Sometimes when I'm gone for long periods of time, she'll come up to me in the pasture, but not always. She's always been hard to catch, but she's been easier since the move.
         
        03-23-2013, 12:41 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    A good thing to remember is to try not to humanize horses too much and not to expect human sense of justice from them.
    Even better is to remember not to expect it from most humans.

    I wouldn't say my horse is protective of me at all (not that I need protecting), but when I'm riding her I get the impression that she thinks I'm her idiot child. When she's not tacked up, she can be downright ornery. When I'm on her, about the only deviation from good manners is the occasional refusal to do something that's new to her, like crossing a creek.
         
        03-23-2013, 03:04 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    I don't know if you'd call it "protecting" but when I had "normal" falls I'd get right back up and Misty wouldn't let me catch her, she'd bolt off to the nearest patch of green grass. However, when I had a horrific fall and was very seriously injured she REFUSED to leave my side until she was dragged away by my dad.
         

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