Ok so this afternoon I went to see Freddie with just a brush and a lead rope, because I wanted to see if he would still respond to me with just the lead as I have been working with him and bonding with him a lot recently (he is very green after a loooong spell).
He was a complete angel, he moved his hind legs for me both left and right with just a gesture and he back up 10 paces with just me walking towards him with squared up body language. He followed me with just the rope around his neck and he stood to be brushed. He even followed me over ground poles!
The behavior that I need help with came when he saw someone riding a quad in the paddock behind us. He got really excited and took off towards the quad and was calling out to the people on it (I think the reason why he did it is because my boyfriend has a similar quad that he usually rides around there, and Freddie loves my boyfriend... Only because he shares his beer and he smells like molasses from work LOL!). I take no rubbish from Freddie. If I'm with im I expect his whole attention until I say that it's quitting time. I expect to be respected and I see myself a the leader. He disrespected me my running away while I was still with him, so I went after him with the lead rope and chased him down (a tad tiring when you're in a 3 acre paddock too :/).
I managed to get his attention and he started trotting in circles around me. While he was doing this he lengthened his stride, raised his head, perked his ears up (on towards me) and had his tail straight up in the air. He looks really beautiful might I add. And then he proceeded to make these weird snorting sounds while he trotted around me. I have seen him do this a few times, but only ever with other horses, and I know it may sound silly, but I have no idea what it means
I managed to "join up" with him with only 2 minutes of trotting with his tail up and snorting, and then he followed me around the paddock with no more fuss and no more rubbish. He didn't even acknowledge the quad.
I would like to know if anyone could explain this behavior to me? Please don't throw any stones at me! Thank you