Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
I guess my main thing right now is my relationship with my horse.. I disipline her when needed but Im getting to the point where im like... I hope she doesnt hate me ect.... and that's what im always worried about.. I see all these horses that LOVE there owners like run up to the gate ect...
We often get caught up trying to expect human emotions (e.g. Love) from our animals.
Horses are smart, you can get a horse to run up to the gate to meet you everytime by spoiling them with treats, but that is not 'love'.
The most important thing to a horse is the safety and security of the herd. If your horse is social and relaxed around you just like being in the herd, you are indeed 'loved'.
...and lastly, especially with young, playful horses, some horse behaviors (like nipping) are associated not only with discipline or pecking order, but with PLAY, also. When our young mares want to play and no one else does, they will do everything they can to 'irritate' the others into a game of lets-run-around-full-speed-like-crazy-horses.