If you haven't figured it out by now I'm a bit overprotective of Denali. I never thought about her being protective of me. Yesterday and today I got a little glimpse of the horse I think she wants to be.
Yesterday I was brushing out her gross, gross tail while she was eating hay with her boyfriend. He seems like a nice horse, and there is no "warning" on his stall so I just stood there brushing her tail and talking to her. I had him behind me, but he was eating and it is HONESTLY his favorite thing to do. I didn't think anything of him. She did this weird spook thing and ran in front of me ( putting her between me and Cody.) I was mad at her for being a butt and gave her a half hearted smack on the butt. That's when I noticed that Cody had his ears pinned to his head and was giving me the snake look. She kept glaring at him, but he wasn't aloud to go near me. Good Mare.
I ran out today to check out her hives (did I mention mare-face has hives all over her face?) and they were in the arena together again. She saw me pull up and turned her nickers on high. I love this horse more than anyone can understand. I could do without the anxiety attacks I get when I think of trailering her or riding her.... but regardless, Love her!!
I rubbed her face, which at first she was not happy about then realized that it felt good. Poor thing looks like a chipmunk. I put some benedryl on her door that they can give her if she's still bad tomorrow. Mr. Cody was standing back eating hay and watching us. I ignored him (really he's fat, but I can take him ;0) he started to come up to us and Denali got this look of "I'm scared, but don't want to leave you." The next part was so weird, I told her I'd be fine, to run away from him ( I don't want her to get hurt! I have insurance that will pay for me.) No sooner were the words out of my mouth then she did a nice roll back (although, obviously stiff) and took off running, but watching me the entire time. He took another step towards me, and she came tearing back down the arena towards us, pissed him off and he took off chasing her and I quickly got out of the arena.
She's in heat, and I swear she gets very momma like when she's in heat. We'll see if protective Denali stays around.
I LOVE this mare. I can't wait to put this all behind us, and just have a good relationship. I think she wants to work with me, I just don't fully get her and still have some fear issues (bucking and trampling do that I think...) I'm starting to trust her again, and I think once I can do that the riding will be easy. Hell, I'm just so glad she's alive. I don't care if I can't ride her. I'm going to turn her into a trick horse. (Plan B)