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post #41 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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My aunt had a horse named Mariah. That pony was 13-14hh. When my aunt was putting a gelding in a field, she had to go through a field with a stud in it. Well, the stud didn't like geldings so he came charging to kill this gelding. My aunt was trapped in-between and her mare Mariah came flying to protect her owner. That pony fought off a 16hh stallion. She kept kicking at him when her got close and she walked with my aunt till she got to the other field. When my aunt released the gelding she looked neck and saw her mare trotting off as nothing had happened.I would definitely call that protective!

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post #42 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 03:28 PM
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Well, there certainly are cases when horses can be protective and some of you have shared really great stories! But I'd like just to point out that sometimes a horse that seems being protective can really be dominating. For example, I once experienced my gelding protecting me from a new horse in the herd. He chased away fiercely the newcomer gelding and tried herding me away from him at the same time. In fact, what he was telling to the gelding was - "get away from her! She's MINE." And to me - "you move where I tell you, it's safer there, and I know better."
And how is this different from human behavior?
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