Thats how I am with my horse too, this little girl at the barn was taking a rubber band to the horses noses and had it stretched like a sling shot and was pulling it so it would fling right by its nose. I told my mom that if I saw her do any thing like that to gypsy id go off on her. She also poked my horse on the rear as she went by. I was soooo mad but then my mom told me that my traineir said that she told all the young kids to touch the horse as they went by, I agree but don't poke my horse, you pat her or touch her with your hand nicely. Lol Maybe more people who are VERY protective of their horse like me were at the rodeo there would be no more rodeos.
I hate, hate the rodeos...So many animals die that way.