Yesterday when I went out to get her, she was sitting (leaning back and resting her butt on) the gate. Which obviously is not okay - we don't want her taking down the gate with her big butt, so I shooed her away, haltered her and brought her in.
Today, when I let her back out, the first thing she did? Turned around and sat on the gate. Again, I smacked her butt and shooed her off. So she went to the fenceline which IS hot as far as I know - but not much at all, if it is anymore. I grabbed it once, got a tiny shock equivalent to getting a shock from a doorknob while wearing wool socks.
So, she SITS ON THE FENCE. Absolutely not okay. I chase her off, and she slinks right back - to the post this time. Fine, the post is cemented in. She scratches her butt for what had to be around ten minutes- and then shifted and sat on the fenceline.
I can understand butt scratching to an extent. We all have itchy butts at one point or another. But she's scratching for SO long (and making hilarious faces) - and what's up with sitting on the fences?! I was in the pasture with her for over a half hour and the WHOLE time, unless I was chasing her away, she was butt itching or fence sitting.
My first thought was maybe she's got a rash back there, and it's itchy. I looked (and took a picture, but unless someone wants to see it I won't attach it) and looks all normal. My second thought was maybe she's in heat and rubbing her behind on the fenceline is something to do with that? From the way the boys have been acting around her, I'd guess she is, but she's not showing the normal signs of being in heat - tail flagging, squirting, winking.
Attached are two pictures of her sitting on the fence. There's also a video of her scratching her butt/almost fence sitting - and shows how fast she goes right back after I chase her off. This is a very recent occurrence, she's never done it before. Is it normal? Why on earth would she want to do this? The LAST thing I need it to be paying for new fences for the barn owner.