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.