I will start with some key points that I think are possibly important factors.
She seems pissy, can I say that on here? If not, I'm sure someone will correct me.
1. She is in heat
2 A new mini Mare moved into the pasture next to her (our neighbors land)
3. She also has a sore near her front leg. I'm going to call it her armpit, LOL
We had a fabulous weekend with her. While our 11 year old son was holding her by her lead Hubby was riding Thunder the QH. As he came close Bama turned trying to see where Thunder went. Well when she turned a little abruptly it startled Alex and he got a little nervous. He called for one of our older boys to come and take the lead/horse. I don't think Bama missed that..
Fast forward to yesterday.. (the Mini moved in Tuesday)
Hubby was watching the horses from the kitchen window. He noticed when the mine (whose name is Waffle ( snicker, snicker) would come near the fence Bama would move quickly, but not a run, over near the fence, but did not go all the way to it, she would stomp her feet AT her. Basically doing things to run her off and show her own dominance.
Yesterday, for the first time, she did the same thing to Alex. He was not in the pasture but was outside alone, across the fence in the yard. He called her over to him and was planning to pet her but she stopped short and did the same thing to him that she did to Waffle. He moved away from the fence. Hubby went out with Alex and she did it again.
I think she is trying to put both Waffle and Alex in their place within the herd. Alex is a pretty small kid and I KNOW she sensed that bit of fear the other day. --
When I got home I went out and caught her. I haltered her, put her on her lead and brought her out of the pasture. I lunged her for about 5 minutes and took her to the barn to groom. Alex held the lead while I curried her, brushed her out and rubbed all of her legs. She was perfect. She let Alex brush her and pet her. -- So we went back to the pasture. Alex wanted to take off her halter and set her free. We he walked into the pasture she DID IT to him again. He startled and ran back out of the gate. -- I had him come back and we did an approach and retreat about 10 or so times. She got so that she would walk up to him and let him pet her.
We stopped on that good note and I released her to graze.
Will someone please give some input, guidance, advice, correction, or opinions.. Is she trying to put Alex and Waffle in their place? Did I handle it correctly (where Alex is concerned)? What should I do or could I do differently?