Can I ask what Cloney does in "sutle" ways to test you?
I have a question.
When my mare wasnt in a herd, she would always nicker and whiney at me when she would see me. She seemed happy to see me. Since shes been in a herd, she now never nickers or whineys when she seems me.
Though I do still believe that she enjoys being haltered and me taking her out because every time when I go up to halter her, she will touch her nose to my hand.
He does little things. Like when I come up in the pasture to halter him, sometimes he'll raise his head when I go to halter him. He KNOWS he's supposed to drop his head to be haltered, I'm not tall enough to do it if he doesn't drop his head. So when he does that, I just say, "Ahem." and wait a minute, usually drop the halter down a little lower than usual and he drops his head and let's me finish. I have the lead around his neck and he knows that kind of challenge, to walk away, would have severe consequences. Or.....I'll go to clip his ears for show and he'll lean away from me to see if I REALLLY want that ear. It's never anything huge, he's far to well trained for that, but he has his little ways.
OH THE OTHER DAY! THE SNOT! I went in to weight tape him like I do/have done every week and he decided to be afraid of the tape to see if I'd let him off the hook. Yeah, no. I did laugh so hard my legs got weak, he was acting so silly. But he stood and let me tape him because I wouldn't go away.
Skippy's little show of dominance is, he has to go in the girls barn and say, "HI" to his girls. Never mind that most of them tell him to "****** off" with pinned ears and show him their teeth, but hope springs eternal in the stallion brain. So, I whistle for him at the gate, he comes up and I walk into the yard. First he trots down the girls' aisle and sniffs everybody's nose, then he gets to the end, turns around and trots right back to his stall. Never any issue, never any fuss, but he's showing ALL of us that he's the stallion and in charge. I have to laugh at him because when I just look at him and say, "Skippidee, whut the hades are you doing?" he trots right to his stall and looks like, "Oh shucks, I got caught.". Horses are just too amusing.
Patti has perfect ground manners. Unless the one barn guy who knew nothing and had no clue about taking charge tried to lead her somewhere. Then she took him dirt skiing. Needless to say I ended that little game real quick. Skippy too! That same guy, decided he was going to be like me and lead the stallion with a neck rope instead of the halter. Well, not if you don't have his respect you don't. Skippy blew him off so fast it wasn't even funny. Lead him on a merry chase and played "Pasture Tag" with him in 115 F heat for a while. Did it 3 times. Guy didn't catch on so quick. After the 1st time, I'd have had a halter on him and a whip in the other hand, but nooooooo......It was very amusing to watch. No, he no longer works here. You have to be able to out think a horse.