Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Dorky on Crossties
My mare Jubilee is overall a very well behaved horse. She is very well-mannered, never pushy, doesn't bite and is very affectionate. She knows her boundaries and is very polite. In the field however, she is very dominant and will chase other horses. I notice that when I put her on crossties in the barn, sometimes she'll stick one of her forelegs out kind of in a pawing motion and touch her nose to her leg, but she doesn't scrape the ground with them, just balances it above ground. It's actually kind of funny to watch. If there are other horses in the barn, usually she stands perfectly still but if she is alone, she moves back and forth and to the sides on crossties and does her little pawing thing. She also whinnies all the time, as if calling to her friends. She is getting a bit better because I am trying to bring her in the barn more often. She is on 24hr turnout by the way, so she only comes into feed. A lot of times I tie her up outside to brush her and so she doesnt' spend much time on crossties. As I said, she's usually much better when other horses are in the barn with her. Also, sometimes if I just ignore what she does, she'll eventually give up and stand still for me. What do you guys think? Is she bored? Or does she just want attention? This is pretty much the only manners problem I have with her. Other than that, she is VERY well behaved.
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