Originally Posted by btenbo11
Recently acquired a new 15y/o mare. She has a great temperment and gentle around us all. She is even mello in the worst of rainstorms. I try to be around her several times a day to build a relationship. She loves to be brushed and rubbed. Starting today, she has been turning her butt to me and slightly backing up. She does this near the gate to enter/exit her pen. It has only happened when I leave the pen. I am not sure if this is bad behavior or if she just wants to be petted or rubbed there. I have been cutting back on her time out to graze starting today, maybe she is upset she isn't getting out like before. If it is bad behavior, how do I remedy it? Thanks for any help
Are you or did her previous owner scritch her butt? I have a mare that I made the mistake of scritching her butt with my long acrylic finger nails. Now she'll back me right into a wall to get scritched. She LOVES it when I use the manure rake, that's when she's the worst. If that's what's happening, not disrespectful, just itchy!
I agree with smrobs, it's not desirable behavior, but she's my monster. I created her and I'll live with her. She's the one horse on the place who'll never be for sale. If you dislike the behavior, you can break your horse of it like smrobs described.