Saskia, thanks for the input. I absolutely did intend to get her a pasture buddy in the future, but I wanted to get the hang of taking care of one horse before I started piling them on.
Although I must say, I am beginning to doubt everything after yesterday. We put Scarlet in her stall so that she couldn't mess with us while I finished cleaning the field and my husband did some fence repairs. It was her first time in there with the door closed and she didn't like it. She stomped her font foot in annoyance and kept turning round and round, but whatever, we just did our work and ignored her. But periodically I'd hear hear neigh and thump.
It was only perhaps 30 or 45 minutes later that we were finished and I really wanted to avoid a confrontation with her, when she was clearly in a bad mood, until I've had some instruction on how to deal with her. So I tried putting her grain in the stall and hoped that eating would distract her while we opened the door and made our way out...but that is not what happened. After we opened the door she came busting out and ran outside through the barn door opposite of us. That was fine with me, so I left out the door closet to me. But Scarlet was not done.
Once I was outside, she came charging at me from around the back of the barn. She was going too fast and her head was too high for me to catch her halter (she is actually an enormous horse) so I switched her to show her that she cannot charge at me. Then she kind of circled me for a moment and then tuned her butt to kick me, actually kick me, there was no mistake what she intended. So I switched her before she could kick. That spun her around fast enough, but she tried to turn and kick twice more, each time getting the switch before she finally agreed to face me.
Then I felt I had no choice but to advance or be advanced upon so I walked toward her tapping her with the switch and I got her to back maybe 6 feet but she would not run away like I wanted her to. After 6 feet or so she lowered her head and kind of stood there hunching but she wouldn't budge from the spot. I could have forced the subject, but all I wanted to do was get out of the pasture alive and I kept thinking to myself "you aren't trained for this!" and "only an experienced person should confront an aggressive horse!" I knew that if she reared up on me or went totally berserk I had no idea what to do. So then I had a hard time getting out of there, because every time I started to walk away she would start to come at me again and I would have to switch her back to that same spot where she would hunch and put her head down and refuse to move. Finally, after acting that out like 5 times, she broke it off and walked away.
My husband, who I thought was right behind me, had basically run away. Apparently as soon as he saw her square off with me in such an aggressive manner he assumed we were going to need an ambulance and was going for the phone.
So now I'm actually really torn. It is obvious that this horse is thriving here. When we brought her she was so docile, and actually kind of down-trodden. She seemed like an old tuckered-out horse half dragging herself when she walked. I thought she was here for horsey retirement. Today she is out there actually running around. I actually saw her prancing this morning. Her poo is normal now and she seems 10 years younger at least. I'm thinking her digestive problems must have sorted themselves out and the better nutrition is making her more energetic.
But I'm not sure that this is a beginners hose. I was in way, way over my head yesterday in that I had no idea if what I was doing was right or wrong (I'm sure I made mistakes) and I didn't know how to get myself out of that situation. If I could be sure that she is truly a beginners horse and that she is only acting this way due to my own mistakes and that I can fix this...that she will once again be a docile horse that is safe for children to be near, well then I would be happier. But after yesterday, yeah I'm doubting everything. I don't feel comfortable going out there at all now, not without someone who knows what they are doing.
I have the number for a trainer that I intend to call tomorrow, but I'm afraid that they will say whatever they have to in order to get my business, whether or not keeping this horse for myself is actually wise. Opinions?