It looks like she found a shiny penny, she bent down to pick it up because it reminded her of her great grandpappy. She started to cry because she thought of pennies from heaven. Out of no where a wild horse came over and licks the baby food off her shoulder from her grandbaby from this morning that she had to unexpectantly babysit cause momma had a hang over. Hows that for a read?
You so nearly had it, but it was a shiny silver sixpence she was picking up, but unless you are old and British you wouldn't get that one
I'd like to see the rest of the horse's body. I can't quite tell if it is still in motion (which to me would signal a more aggressive mood) or standing still which would make me think he calmly walked over and stood to sniff or she knelt in front of him while standing. (Not aggressive.)
I can't decide. But if it is play I would hope that she invited him to sniff her or whatever he's doing. But I also don't know anyone who would invite a horse to do that, at that angle, seems like it would send a signal that you're submissive or something.
IMHO, it depends on what you think playing is and what the horse thinks playing is. True horseplay is ROUGH and no horse should be allowed to play with a person the way they play with each other. Personally, it is neither playing or aggression…it's simply the way the horse chose to respond to the lady at this point in time.
Play, foolish play. If not play for sure putting herself in a vulnerable position.
His ears aren't flattened, his neck isn't snaked & I think if he were attacking he would have his hind end under him for power or escape, all things I would expect to see with aggression.
It would be interesting to see a picture taken 1 minute later.
What I don't like are the ears...while they aren't flat pinned back they are definitely back further than what I would refer to as "disinterest" airplane ears. If the horse was playing or nuzzling I would think the ears would be more forward.
IN the blown up pic posted by bsms..what I originally thought was arena sand almost looks like the woman's hand. If she has her hand up like that, I would lean towards aggression as well as it looks like she was trying to push the horse back or get away..the way she is leaning also makes me think she was trying to get away.