The simple answer would be that she views you as being "her's" rather than the reverse (and, arguably more preferred) where you would be the leader and she is your's.
Interesting enough Jemma is like that with other horses too (but not people). She knows it's forbidden for her to bother me or Kiara when I work with Kiara in field (like brushing her etc.), but if I just do something around the field or mess with Jemma she keeps our space and other horses are not allowed in (it's easy for her though, because she's always been alpha mare).It's funny you should mention this, because I'm experiencing almost the same problem - except it's with horses.
Jynx is the lowest gal on the totem pole, and she knows her place. Until I'm working with her. When she's tied up, she's constantly trying to bite other horses on the face (Shay-la or Ashley will tie up across from me). When I ride her, I've had her delibrately deek out a good foot to the side to take a chunk out of someone's bum. Everytime someone passes me, she pins her ears and tries to dive for them.
I can't figure out if she thinks she's protecting me from them, or if she's figured out they won't fight back when being worked with and getting her licks in while she can. I'm hoping some of the advice you get can possibly help me to!
I don't bring those people to "see" her (and if I do and those are complete strangers she just stay away from everyone and don't socialize). Those are my parents who go in field every single day (and mom feeds in morning because I work) to help me out with manure and such. So no even talking between us in field, or nervousness, or heart rate increase, and they usually ignore her for the most part (when you clean the manure you don't care much about everything else anyway). If I stand between her and my parents she behaves, because I can drive her back any moment and she knows it (I don't even need the whip for that). The problem is if I don't pay attention and not in between (say behind her talking to my other horse) it's when she may try to attack. Now I'm just trying to be right next to her all the time to stop her and they stay away - this is temporal solution kinda. I'd think she considers them as part of the herd lower order then her, but then I'd expect her to behave the same if I'm not around. But it's obviously not a case, and that's what bugs me.kV, if I were you, I would do as Spirithorse said towards that behavior. I'm guessing this is when you are bringing people out to see her, which automatically puts her on a pedestal and throws the ball in her court. See if you can take someone out there with you and just ignore her. If she approaches with any type of defensive/aggressive behavior, send her away. Don't accept her into your herd until she is showing acceptable behavior. I hope this makes sense, its somewhat of a mouthful, I apologize.
What about 5 (or 3?) secs rule? If I'm away it'll take time to get close to her and from everything I read/was told if you don't correct right away it won't work.If it were my horses I would back them up whenever they pin thier ears or otherwise look ****y at other people and horses and I would not be gentle about it. Make them move thier feet and you establish dominance and make it clear that the behavior was unwanted and unacceptable. If my horse ever attacked someone all hell would break loose.
I agree. :lol:Thanks Flitterbug, that was extremely helpful and an enjoyable read.
kevinshorses - in my case, that is essentially what I'm doing with Jynx. I think we were more interested in knowing WHY they were doing it. I would never let my horse get away with attacking other horses, and she's learning. I was more curious as to the reasoning behind that sort of behavior.
The problem is mom can but not my dad. Even though I told him gazillion times to be firm.