My horse is very curious with just about everything. The curiosity is genuine and she is cheerful and enthusiastic. She will watch you like a hawk if you leave her stall, she likes to check out what you're doing (even if you're mucking she will come and check it all out!), she likes to smell the brushes you're using, etc. She doesn't nicker when you come into the barn she neighs loudly! Today I was out in the pasture and the horses were playing like crazy, bucking and snorting and galloping a full speed, so I ran to get my camera and sure enough when I got back they saw me and quit playing to come over and say hello. Lily was fascinated with my camera. It's an older digital camera and makes lots of noises. She snorted and sniffed and snorted and sniffed. She was truly curious about it. Kind of like a kid checking out a new toy. I always enjoy seeing her mind work and wonder.
Someone told me that this isn't a good thing and that she doesn't NEED to be curious and that it is actually pre-nippy behaviour. I just have a hard time seeing it with her because our horse is super gentle and super sweet with people (unless you have a needle in your hand!). Lily was like this even when we went to look at her to buy - it was something I noticed then and liked because she has this happy inquisitive personality. She is not pushy or bossy at all.
Should I curb this and not let her check things out when I'm around or working with her? She is not like this when you're riding her although if she if feeling energetic she can be a little spooky. Any opinions?