Well... I've been noticing some behavior in Cricket and it is rather... Embarrassing. I havent been TRULY embarrassed by my own horse in like... Ever.
She seems to get along with the two geldings on wither side of her, Willy and Juaquine, quite fine. They sniff once in a while but as far as I see (and I do alot...) they're quite fine with eachother. UNLESS I happen to be in the corral. Then she gets rather agressive. She'll pin her ears at both of them when they come over close to her corral, and in extreme cases she'll buck and kick the corral that seperates them. Every time she has done it, it hasn't been to horribly bad (just ears pinned and teeth bared) and has been way too fast for me to do much of anything about it.
Well, today I was in her corral brushing her and cleaning her udders, when Juaquine pressed his nose up to the corral and nickered. She flipped. She pinned her ears and jumped forward, she shreiked and then proceded to kick the fence. Then she stood between me and Juaquine with her ears pinned and her lips tight as all heck... It was embarrassing because there were alot of people around, and I was so taken off guard by her behaviour I didn't even know what the heck I was supposed to do to correct her.
Has anyone ever had anything like this happen with their horses? It's only if I'M in the corral. If I'm not around, they get along JUST fine. So I'm really confused. All I can think of is that she's being territorial, but wouldn't she be like that whether I was in the corral or not?
I don't know. Share your oppinions I guess... Theres alot of older trail riders at the ranch with older, well behaved horses who are calm and laid back... And every eye was on me like "Look at THAT girl with a crazy-azz horse..."
Yeah, no... She's a good girl. It was very surprising.
"I was eight years old, and I've never forgotten her face when she told me about watching you ride. She told me she saw you, and your horse was dancing in the moonlight."
-- A.C. Crispin's "Sylvester"