Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
My absolute favorite mare will chase you around the Pasture at 30 mph backwards to get her butt scritched. She is not being disrespectful, she knows I have nails and it feels good when I give her a good scratch. She also likes having her backside scratched with the apple picker, HARD. This mare loves attention and scratching, she'll back into you in her stall, out in the pasture, in a paddock, you name it. She will NOT try it when haltered or on a lead line, she knows when it's time to behave. If I smacked her butt every time I saw it, my arms would fall off. She just loves scritches and will ask for them, very clearly. It isn't in the least bit disrespectful. Your mare doesn't sound like she was being disrespectful, at least not as you've described it. Reach out and scritch her butt, right around the tail head and down the backs of her legs. She may just be itchy.
What makes you think that my mare wasnt being disrespectful? You have to remember that, (even though she is very sweet and gentle) she can be very cheeky, she is sassy and at times is full of herself. She is a very pretty girl and she knows it and tries to use her looks to her advantage.
She loves attention and almost never turns it down, even from strangers she will go up to but because shes so curious, sometimes she will get too snoopy.
I find it suspicious and worrysome on how she came across tonight as her not wanting me to pet her, anywhere. Ive never seen this ever in the 4 months ive had her.
if she wants her butt scratched, I dont mind but you dont ask by turning it to me. This clearly was not the case because she was turning her butt to me when i petted her.
Heres how it usually is when I go in her paddock. She will immediately follow me around when I get inside and stand next to me. If I move, she will follow. But then after some minutes she will remember that she hasnt eaten in a long time and is hungry so will go searching for food. If its close to supper time, she will know it so she keeps an eye out for the food truck.
During this time, she will ignore me like Im not even there. Then she will eventually come back to me standing next to me. Each time she comes up, I always give her attention. Sometimes she will just come up and stand next to me, other times she will come up and touch her nose to my hand. But I know when she wants attention, she makes it very obvious. If she comes up to me, theres a good chance that she wants to be petted. Its obvious that she comes up for a reason, maybe she just wants company?
Sometimes (happening a lot as of late) it seems she doesnt want me to leave her paddock. Each time she sees me head for the gate, she will immediately follow me and stand next to me by the gate cause she wants more attention. When I leave, she will watch and whiny. When Im in the barn, she will keep an eye out for when im about to come out, then when I come out she will wait for me to come back. But again, for all I know this could all mean moot to her and perhaps she just sees me as the person who brushes her nicely and gives her carrots.