I have a 5 year old paint mare I have had her for a year now and she is into everything. If she can touch it and pick it up she will and she is the most observant horse I have ever seen. I could walk out of her sight put a penny in the dirt and she would find it in 2.5 seconds its crazy.
And she watches everything. She will turn her head and watch me groom her and watch me tack her up. She watches the farrier do her feet she goes as far as bending her body in almost a 90 degree angle to get her hind feet as close to her head as possible so she can watch him trim her back feet.
The other day I was installing a electric fence and I was putting up the insulators she followed right behind me and tried to pull each insulator off after I put it up. I have never had another horse like this. I've always just let her be this way she doesn't spook ever cause she is more then willing to check anything out. I have just always been careful to move anything she can't have out of her reach. But tonight I notice that she has a broken front tooth and I'm concerned that she did this grabbing on to some thing. So should I try to stop her from grabbing and playing with things?
Another one of her odd behaviors is she will back onto anything on her own. If I have the wheel barrow in the middle of the paddock while cleaning she will back up to it and try to straddle it. Yesterday she went to back into it and the my friend walked up behind her and moved it before she hit it well my horse continued to back half way across the paddock thinking it was still behind her. Then we also had a plastic lawn chair in the paddock we were riding on of the other horses bear back and used it to mount she immediantly flipped chair over and backed all over it. She picks her feet up and moves them very slow when she does it I think to make sure she doesn't hurt herself but its so odd to watch. Is she just board? Should I discourage this behavior as well?
I'll admit I love these odd things about her but now because of the broken tooth I'm worried these behaviors will cause injuries.