Does your horse love strangers?
My mare April loves people so much that it actually becomes disruptive to our rides.
Yesterday was amazingly beautiful, 65 degrees F in the middle of January in Pennsylvania. Naturally, there were dozens of people on the nearby public trail, including myself on April. She tried to stop and say hi to every. single. person. Including a couple that were walking five barking hounds. And then when a jogger came up behind us and passed us, she started trotting - in perfect pace - in an attempt to follow him!
Today was a bit chillier but there were still people. We passed a mother carrying an older baby, and she asked if they could come meet her. April did not miss a beat, I dropped the reins and she changed directions and marched right over to them! They got plenty of pictures and April got to meet a baby for the first time, which was basically the best thing in the world to her. She was not rude, just stood relaxed with her face about a foot away from him while I chatted with the mother for a few minutes, and didn't even twitch an ear while cars were passing right behind her.
April loves the vet and never minds that he stabs her with needles, so long as he pays the peppermint fee afterwards.
She will practically spoon the farrier and it takes all of my effort to drag her face off of him without unbalancing her.
Every time we ride past one yard with a Dalmatian, she will stop at the fence on her own to reach her nose down and say hi to him.
What experiences do you have with a horse who loves to meet new people?