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post #1 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Territorial Horses??

My appaloosa is currently staying at a friends farm where there's one other horse. I went out today to grain Cherokee (my horse) and anytime Goldie (friends horse) would come close to me Cherokee would charge her, chase her clear up the field speed up in front of her then almost corral her further up the field then come prancing back to me. All the while holding her tail high like an Arabian. I've never seen a horse act protective or territorial. Am I dreaming things up or could she actually have been keeping Goldie away from me? I should mention she's about 9 months preggers.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 08:35 PM
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She was keeping her away from the grain! :)

You are the keeper of the grain!
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I was thinking but they were both done graining...your probly right though she knows I'm the one w all the grain. Lol
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Yup its the grain :) she's hoping you'll bring her more :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 10:58 PM
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It might be the grain. Easy to test - do something w/o it. :)

My appyX is extremely possesive of me - she is much more like a dog than any horse I have ever had or known. This and other personality "attributes" made searching for a new companion for her difficult. I enlisted my husband to pretend our new addition is his - and I think he is growing fond of the little upstart b/c of it. This charade actually seems to help quite a bit. She allows no dogs or other horses within her "imaginary circle" around us at liberty...I am working on this. But, it often comes in handy if I want to move the new filly - b/c my mare knows the training whip I'll use to direct just can't be meant for her, so she just smuggly stays perfectly at my side, as if in hand...and looks on.:) When I am not around, they have settled in and are civil (I spy on them).

So, yes. It could be possessiveness.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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That's so funny! Cherokee reminds me of a dog more than a horse. Her personality is funny she's such a sneaky trickster too.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 11:17 PM
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Next time you are out there and before your horse gets a chance you chase off the other one.......your horse is acting like the leader of the pasture, you will find if you do it that your horse will look at you as the leader.....it's interesting to watch horses interact with each other.
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