These all gave me a good laugh!
A couple weeks ago I was mucking out the pens and doing some extra pen maintenance. I have one rope that I sling across the opening like a stall guard so I can go in and out under the rope without open and closing the gate. (the rope is at equine chest level)
So after, I grab my boy, saddle up and start warming up in the arena. I am trotting when I hear hooves right behind me. I'm thinking, "Who the heck is tailgating my horse?" I turn around and to my surprise find Dutchess trotting single file right behind Jake. Very surprised, I head to the gate to close, with Dutchess following behind still closely. Testing her undying faith to my gelding I continued to go outside the arena, ride back to the pens, (I found the rope still up) hop off and open the pen, walk Jake through, and viola! Dutchess was back in her pen without me needing to do much of anything. I got out and CLOSED the door to her pen and latched it. ;)
The rope was taught at low chest level. I thought she couldn't go under it, and I had been 100% sure that she was NOT the type to jump out. Apparently she did one or the other and followed her lover. Hehe Instead of wandering off to find the grain, or food she chooses to follow me while I work out Jake. Haha I don't know how long she was following me at the trot. XP