I saw something odd this afternoon. I was shoeing a gelding for a trainer because he had a guy coming to buy him. So I put some new shoes on him and we had him looking real good. I hung around afterwards and soon the buyer showed up. He was a nice colored man.
Well, the trainer had the horse saddled in his indoor arena, and so we went in there to look at him. This horse was terrified. He snorted like they do when they see a coyote. Ears perked, nostrils flared, and bug-eyed. When the trainer climbed on, this horse struck into this high-headed, quick-steppin' trot and never took his eyes off the black man. The guy wasn't loud or jumping around or anything. The only thing he did was when the trainer put the horse into a spin or rollback, the guy would do a dance. I guess it was his way of showing approval. He really liked watching him spin.
So really it seemed like the horse was scared based on appearance, not behavior. The horse wasn't scared of me at all and cooperated well for shoeing.
Has anybody ever seen this?