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Get up and go 06-21-2013 12:50 PM

What could this mean?
 
We got a new mare about a week ago, and she hasn't been handled in about three years. We are starting from the beginning with her, which right now means teaching her to lead correctly. When I halter her she is actually pretty well mannered, until she gets nervous. When we walk around, she wants to be close to me, if I don't hold her to the side of me she will follow RIGHT behind me, like nose to my back. She is a big girl, Percheron x San Peppy QH. Does this mean she accepts me as the alpha? I'm just wondering what this might mean.
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tinyliny 06-21-2013 02:12 PM

it could be a behavior linked to the way a baby will tuck in behind its' mom. But, it's not safe to have her right behind you like that. I would continue placing her off to the side and reminding her that THAT is her safe spot.

Get up and go 06-21-2013 02:21 PM

I notice that's how she follows my gelding in the pasture too. I definitely do put her back on the side when she gets behind me, bc like I said she is a big girl.
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