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post #31 of 42 Old 03-24-2013, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsequeen08 View Post
I've also heard multiple stories of horses that have been somewhat crazy or had issues that end up having mentally handicapped riders and they are complete angels and give none of their usual crap. Seems to me like the horse knows to be good and gentle. Or people who have fallen off or been injured another way get on to ride again after a bad injury, and the horse moves differently, softer, gentle, no aggression. All of that to me sounds like protection.
^- This is 100% true!

There are a few horses at my barn where if you stick a total beginner on them they will behave good as gold, but the second an experienced rider gets on they are throwing bucks left and right ... testing you every other stride trying to do their best to get out of work. It even starts when you groom them, so they know just by how you interact with them long before you even get in the saddle what kind of rider you are.
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post #32 of 42 Old 03-24-2013, 07:49 PM
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Ok, I relate a incident that happened 2 years ago, you decide if my horses were protecting me. I so wish this incident was video, hubby was to busy yelling at me to record with his iphone, geez!!!
Anyways I was out in the pasture, horses were not in sight, probably further down at the bottom of the property. I was there with my dogs cleaning up a dead fall tree, when I hear barking, there is a miserable deer attacking my dogs, and looking like she wanted to kill them. We had seen her around before chasing the dogs, they would run under parked vehicles to escape her or I would yell & she left. My husband hears the commotion, he's on a hill above the pasture, he yells at me to get out of there. No way am I turning my back on a blood thirsty deer! She is in the midst of running down one of my dogs, I have a tree branch in my hands going after her to stop, then all of a sudden, the Calvary arrives!!! Both horses come galloping up, snorting steam out of their nostrils, tails flipped over their backs, Indy snakes his neck and chases the doe out of the pasture while Scotty is prancing circles around me! It was awesome, and hubby says "**** I should've taped that!" I think that was rather protective behaviour towards me & the dogs they love to hate, don't you?
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post #33 of 42 Old 03-24-2013, 07:50 PM
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"My" Bonnie protected me once before, there was a very mean horse being ridden with us on a trail ride. The mean mare was trying to sneak around to the side and bite me on the leg, Bonnie blocked her off and wouldn't let her near me. I'm happy to say I didn't get bitten and the mean horse was sold.
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post #34 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 01:46 AM
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My old horse would protect me in a way...I rode him for six and a half years and didn't fall off once, all thanks to him, really. Whenever I got into a trouble spot and was in danger of flying over his head, he'd throw his neck up and catch me.
After some particularly ugly jumps I'd be in a "oh, I'm flying off" situation, but he'd really jam his neck up and "catch" me.
This was something he only did for me, if someone else was in that position he'd just lower his head and let em soar xD
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post #35 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving View Post
^- This is 100% true!

There are a few horses at my barn where if you stick a total beginner on them they will behave good as gold, but the second an experienced rider gets on they are throwing bucks left and right ... testing you every other stride trying to do their best to get out of work. It even starts when you groom them, so they know just by how you interact with them long before you even get in the saddle what kind of rider you are.
Yep! I know a couple horses that are totally bombproof....unless you know what you're doing!! xD
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post #36 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 02:23 AM
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I dunno about protective, but I used to sit in my mares shade at clinics and what not, or when I would go out to read I'm the field, I would eventually look up to find myself directly under her belly with her four legs surrounding me like sturdy posts. She would stand very still and pin her ears at any other horses who came near, and when I would poke her belly she would very carefully sidestep away so I could stand uh....scared people sometimes lol

And my gelding DEFINITELY saved me from my cows once.

I was feeding in the snow and I hear a stampede of 2 2200lb cows running at me, heads lowered trying to charge me and kill me (aggressive does not even BEGIN to describe these girls). All of a sudden Charlie came rushing by me, knocked me down and chased the cows off, then circled me huffing and puffing pinning his ears back at the girls. He followed me all the way back, never let them get anywhere near me and didn't leave my side till I was out the gate...tell me that's not protective.

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post #37 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 03:12 AM
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Well, there certainly are cases when horses can be protective and some of you have shared really great stories! But I'd like just to point out that sometimes a horse that seems being protective can really be dominating. For example, I once experienced my gelding protecting me from a new horse in the herd. He chased away fiercely the newcomer gelding and tried herding me away from him at the same time. In fact, what he was telling to the gelding was - "get away from her! She's MINE." And to me - "you move where I tell you, it's safer there, and I know better."

Yes, it was protective in a way. He really did his best to get me away from a new competitor. But at that period we were having issues regarding respect and dominance, and his actions just showed his attitude - that he has the rights to tell me which horses to communicate with. And that's not an attitude I like seeing in a horse. However, beginners, like me at that time, can easily take it as a sign of trust and friendship, and disregard the underlying issues. It can have its' risks at particular situations.

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post #38 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 04:44 AM
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I had an experience a few years ago... Bandit is low on the pecking order, no matter if he's turned out with a mini or a clydesdale - they all keep him in his place. I had already put out several piles of hay throughout the field for him and the other two pony mares he was turned out with and I thought they were munching away happily. I put him into the field and closed the gate, and proceeded to take off his headcollar when one of the mares came galloping out of nowhere and proceeded to double barrel him repeatedly. He had every opportunity to run off, jump to the side, move in some way to protect himself - nothing was holding him there. Instead he took the beating. The second I was over the fence he took off. I could have very easily been seriously injured, or worse from that little tart of a mare.

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post #39 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 05:51 AM
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I agree with Saranda.

We babysat a neighbors mini for a couple of months once and our pony would 'protect' us from this strange horse. She'd drive between us and him and turn and kick and scream him away from us. It really was cute behavior and once she'd driven him off, she'd come and love on us.

I have children and can't allow this though, even from a little pony thats barely bigger then a mini. I believe our pony loves us and there are many ways that she shows it that are wonderful...but thats not one of them. We coo'd and admired her love and loyalty, but we also called a trainer and they said pretty much the same as Saranda. So did our farrier and every horse person I talked to.

We got a new horse and she doesn't try to 'protect' us from it. Now she pouts...shes such a spoiled baby in many ways still. She has a hundred subtle ways to tell us shes displeased...but the whole time shes acting like a lady in how she listens to us. This is so important. She'll adjust in time and start following us around like an overgrown puppy again and showing her affection. In the mean time, her behavior stays safe for us.

I really enjoyed reading some of these stories of protective horses! A lot of wonderful animals out there!
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post #40 of 42 Old 03-26-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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wow that's scary! I hope you are doing well now!

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