Originally Posted by Saddlebag
...If she gets uncomfortably close just move your chair and read again...
I am wondering if you know of any methods of keeping yourself safe when reading in your horses paddock if your solution mentioned in the above quote does not work. I have many times before attempted to read or study in my mares paddock, however whenever I sit down (on a chair or the ground) she immediately comes and stands almost directly over me. This is of course, rather unnerving so I would get up, and walk away. She would follow (nothing unusual about that, she is quite social) at the usual just-out-of-arms-reach distance, wait until I sat down again and stand over me in the same way. By close, I mean her hoovies next to my toes and her neck blotting out the sun close, and unless I get up and shoo her away, she will stand in this position for as long as I sit there, even into hours.
I don't believe she is doing this as a sort pushy-bargy behaviour, as she has a very good sense of space and has never rubbed on me, stepped or my toes or tried to push me. My personal theory (altho I am open to others) is that she is mimicking the behaviour of a pair of horses relaxing naturally, one lies down while the other stands and watches for possible predators. Obviously I am the one lying down.
Now, while I do not think my horse would ever intentionally stand on me, I am well aware that if she got a large fright it may be dangerous to be that close to her, especially as I am not paying attention her very much at all.
It is dangerous to be so close to such a large animal while in such a vulnerable position. I hold no objection to her wanting to hang out with me while I am in her paddock (this is, of course, the point of the exercise) however it would be nice if she wouldn't stand so close.
Moving away doesn't help, and I dislike sending her forcefully away as (like I mentioned earlier)I think she thinks she is doing me a favour in being so nearby. So I am wondering if you have any other ideas (since you have obviously read or relaxed in horses paddocks may times before) of how to both enjoy this time with my mare and still stay reasonably safe?
Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to this statement. If I have misinterpreted your first comments in anyway I apologize, and if you need me to clarify on anyone of my points just ask and I will be happy to do so.