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Arrow Turnout Behavior Observation

I don't know if this is the proper place to post this...
I have just a quick question about pasture behaviour. My mare enjoys all day turnout in an 8 acre field. Its the "barefoot" mare field, so right now she has all this space and shares it with 2 other mares. She is the only one that comes in to a stall at night.

Most times when I go out to the field to get her, she is grazing a little further away from all the others, but not all the time. She lets me approach her, or if she's closer by, she'll walk up to me. The other day something a little odd happened. She saw me coming from quite a distance away, and took off galloping to the other mares. She ran behind them in a circle like she was a border collie rounding them up. I was standing still, and then they all started galloping straight for me.I was like "Oh, sh*t...are they going to stop?" They did, all three of them in front of me like the three muskateers or something. I don't treat the horses for coming in from the field, and this was the first time she did something like that. I was wondering if this is fairly typical and what she might have been trying to do.

I haven't done much besides reading when it comes to herd dynamics, I don't believe she is the dominant one, but when the weather is more forgiving I plan on watching her closely in the field. Everyone tells me that Tari, the older, fatter QH calls the shots, but I haven't seen it for myself. When I let her go back into the pasture, she does always go galloping back to her mare band, which I believe is pretty normal behavior, right?

By the way, my profile picture kind of demonstrates what she does once I set her free after a lesson. Except she was just doing a little arab trot that day, lol.
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