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post #1 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Protective Pony?

Does anyone have a horse that is protective of you? Like you are their special person, and they will protect you from suspected harm?

Our geese like to come into the horse's pen and nibble at her grain. She doesn't really care, and will just push them out of the way, and continue eating. Some times the geese attack people, because they are not nice geese, but they have done their job fighting off coyotes, foxes, stray dogs, etc. I have even apoxied our girl goose's beak back together after a fox attack..... So that's why they are still here....

But, the other morning, Star was eating, like normal, here come the geese, and as I turn to walk away, they come up, start beating on me, bitting me, and attacking! All 5 of them!!! I hear the hoof beats come galloping, and as I turn around, throwing geese off me, there is Star, kicking, pushing, and stomping the geese away. She even reared up and almost crushed one of the geese under her, if I hadn't have kicked the goose out the way!!!

She nuzzled me some, and gave me a "hug", then went back to her grain...

Does anyone else have a protective horse?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 12:43 PM
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Hah, what a great story. Horses are so wonderful. You are definitely a herd member.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 04:51 PM
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My daughter's Haffie gelding, stepped in and saved my daughter, when she was attacked by a young stallion. He was much smaller than the stallion, but put him in a corner and made him stay there. It was quick and definite. Even when the Haffie walked away, the stallion stayed in his corner. Whatever was 'said', was definitely understood by the other horse.

My favourite Saddlebred, was also a bit of a mama's boy. He'd allow me to stop and talk to people for a little while if we were out walking in hand, but he would decide when the conversation should end. He would make a nasty face with flattened ears and open mouth at the company, grab my shirt by the shoulder gently, and start pulling me away. He never bit anyone, just made it appear as though he would.

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 06:20 PM
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Nah, my little demon spawn would rather throw me in front of the 'predator' than protect me xD she frequently hides behind my back when she sees something scary, the little butt head.

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 07:14 PM
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a few days after my dad died, I went out to the pasture & proceded to sit down & have a good cry. My mini donkey stood next to me with his nose on my shoulder. He normally would be pestering me to scratch his favorite places. He only left my side to chase the cow away when she got too close. My BO came out to check on me. Normally Danee loves her. That day, he wouldn't let her with in 5 feet of me.

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-06-2013, 01:17 AM
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I have a couple geldings that will chase our dogs out of the pasture especially if they are close to me......I put a stop to it though because I don't want to be in between them......but I am sure a horse would protect a human if they felt they were part of the herd!

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Our daughter borrowed a paint when she was learning to ride (at the same time she was breaking an unhandled pony). They got pretty bonded and he's an amazing horse anyways. But one day she was tying him up to feed and his arch enemy (a good horse also but the two didn't see eye to eye) got loose and charged the paint. The paint pushed our daughter under the hitching rail (untied) and stepped off taking a full on charge to his side. Protecting our daughter. He never tried to move away from her. It was amazing. He kept the other gelding away from her till we could catch him. I'd buy that paint in a quick second if he'd ever be for sale. Too bad he won't.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-06-2013, 11:40 AM
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Once the "dummy" horse of the field decided to intercept me while I was going to catch Phantom and he got pretty adamant and knocked me down and proceeded to get in my face. Next thing I hear is Phantom running over ears back and head down. Phantom is the lowest of the low on the totem pole (with the exception of the pony but Char-Pony keeps to himself) and the "dummy" horse was quite a few notches higher. Phantom wailed him good and got him away and then basically stood over top of me and kept the horse away until I could get up. Once I did he proceeded to give the dummy "you better not" looks while I lead him out of the field.

Another instance was after I had gotten my new boots that I thought I would love but turns out not so much. They were great until I realized that whenever I would try to dismount they would get stuck in the stirrup. I always said "Wow it would suck if I fell off with these." Well sure enough a few weeks later I had a moment where I knew I was coming off and there was no saving myself so I let go of the reins and tried to get my feet out of the stirrups. Well only one came out. So I fall foot still in stirrup, the only thing in my brain was "$H%^ I'm getting drug" Now, Phantom is the horse that runs when his rider falls EXCEPT when he knows something is wrong. He stopped dead before I was halfway gone. I twisted myself toward him to get out of the stirrup and he waited for me to get up. He NEVER waits for me unless something happens. When he tripped and I hit the barrel he stopped and waited, when I fell and got the wind knocked out of me he waited. When everything goes ok, good falls, he runs haha silly horse. He dumped me in the mud once and turned to look at me and I started laughing so he took off like a dork.

Also, this isn't an instance of protection but worry, I guess (but that's putting human emotions on them, but I guess they'd worry about their herd mate so...)
When I fell off bareback and broke/rotated my wrist and dislocated my elbow TC PANICKED. And I mean big time. When I fell he stood waiting for me to get up but I didn't so my friends grabbed him and threw him in the field closest to the arena where I was laying. He ran that fence screaming to me the entire time. After I was done at the hospital my friends trailered TC back to my barn for me and said he was so freaked and fidgety and would not stop hollering and kept "looking for something" while they loaded him up. Then my BO told me he wasn't eating and was just constantly on edge. Four days after I fell I had surgery and then two days later (I know crazy) I had someone take me to the show where my BO was riding him to keep him exercised. He looked like he dropped a few pounds not much but visible. When I saw him he looked so down. His head just kinda hung there. When I got to him he immediately perked up. After I left the show still had a few hours. I got a call when the show was over that it was the first time TC had eaten his grain since the accident and he didn't seem on edge anymore. I guess all he needed was to see me and that I was ok? And here I thought the horse hadn't "bonded" with me and I was practically throwing myself on the ground to feel connected with him. Turns out we were all along and now we are even more than before.

I'm sure you all know this already haha but horses are AWESOME!
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