Today, a horse actually BIT me... I mean REALLY!
No, it wasn't one of mine. Mine know that it's a very big offence... Maggie used to grab my shirt (only!), if I was talking to someone and I should have been paying attention to her. Havoc might miss a carrot or apple and graze my hand. That's it. So, how did I possibly get bit?!
I was taking Mo back to her paddock, a longer way than usual, because it's pretty wet out, and I was walking close to another paddock to stay on the dryer part while Mo walked through the middle which was pretty dry too. Normally I'm fairly circumspect, but, I was just taking a horse back to her paddock... when the horse occupying the paddock came over, very deliberately took a chunk out of my arm, and spun away. I was NOT impressed! Mo was SHOCKED, it's just not DONE!
So, now if this little mare had been beaten, abused, mistreated, I'd understand her lashing out at a person walking too close to her paddock, the best defence is a good offence. She was NOT trying to get to Mo. I come to find that she might be, well, not the nicest girl. Spoiled might better describe her. Spoiled rotten might be even more accurate. She apparently has no compunction about kicking at a person either. I'm gobsmacked!
Don't get me wrong, Maggie was spoiled, Havoc is spoiled, Mo is spoiled... but they damned well know that people are in charge and it's a major offence to raise a foot or open their mouths with intent. I am not an advocate of beating your horse for every little infraction. I'm not for making them into little robots, but I do think a bit of discipline is necessary.
Havoc, when he was a baby, was a little mouthy, that was firmly indicated to him that it was not acceptable. He's not even CLOSE to being head shy or afraid of people, he just got the message and it was over. This one could use a bit of restraint. I hope she gets it sorted out. I'm sure it's a man made problem (okay, a problem created by an owner of a certain age who bred her), but there's only a man made solution too. In the mean time, my arm will heal and I'll give her a wide berth. And Mo will just shake her head at her and wonder why someone would ever think that was okay... her Mom gives her cookies and treats her respectfully...