Why does this horse dislike me?
In an attempt to get "closure" on an unfortunate situation, I'm asking for help in understanding why this horse acts disrespectful, even aggressive toward me. She'll be leaving soon at my request.
As a favor to a neighbor, we let him keep his 6 year old (green?) mare on our property (unconfined--more fencing not an option). She is here to protect her from local horse theives. The owner said she came from the rez (indian reservation). Both the owner, a man, and my husband have excellent rapport with this mare--she adores them and lets them ride her bare back. I heard that another rider she drove into the fence. I love animals but I know dogs, not horses. I had no problems with the trained Arabians who were here before--they followed me around. This mare, however, has scared me more than once. I've always been kind to her and given her apples and carrots. When trying to scratch her neck or head, she'd always pull back from me. Yesterday she was at the front steps when the dog and I went out. I made her back up by pushing on her and telling her "back" to give me room and she did. I kept my eye on her however--a few more feet and she suddenly reared up! I moved out of the way and then she took off after my dog (who has always avoided her) nearly clipping his hindquarters. I won't go outside until she's gone and unfortunately it will likely mean she is turned loose on the rez according to the owner. Help me understand what might be up with this poor horse--she doesn't like me because she doesn't like inexperienced folks? Doesn't like women? A women once abused her? What do you think? I feel sorry for her but can't have her around--I sure gave her a chance.