Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
Either way, I would never encourage it. I don't mind it in adult horses, Eve does it all the time, it's hilarious - if you're standing the pasture, she'll zero in on you and then as precisely as backing up a Mac truck into a stable, she backs her butt into you. She'll stop about two inches away, glance back, and if you haven't commenced scratching, she'll carefully back up so her tail brushes you as reminder. In a horse like Eve, I do not mind this - she has already been taught that kicking isn't acceptable, and she ONLY does it if we're standing around scratching other horses. She has learned it's ok to do if we're standing around solely for the purpose of scratching bums.
Too true...none of our other mares do this but when Eve does it, it's a good laugh. She'll actually FOLLOW you backwards to maintain her position to be easily scratched. Like Moki said, she'll ever so carefully back herself in tiny steps until she's an inch from you and if you ignore it, she'll lean back and touch you with her tail as if to "clear her throat" to make sure you know she's there! If you walk around the other side of whatever horse you were paying attention to, she'll casually walk around, reline it up, and proceed to get into position...such a ham!
I'd try getting her curious before shaking grain though...if that doesn't work, then try with goodies. I mean, when she turns her butt, walk a couple steps away and see what she does. If she walks off, follow and try again. Obviously don't do this for hours if it's not getting you anywhere, but if this is something that your foal's been "taught", then it's understanding that it's doing the right thing. I agree with not using scare tactics, you're likely to get booted. I think all you need to correct this is time, effort, patience, and LOTS of rewarding once the foal does turn to face you. Good luck and keep us posted! Can't wait to see pics!
I'm a sucker for foal pics...