I am wondering about my gelding. he is 6 now. i mostly ride alone. a few times i have gone on trail rides with others. and only once or twice i've been in the same arena with others while riding.
i've never been to a show or other busy horse place with him, but, he did race a few times as a 2 yr old, so he has been around busy horse affairs.
he has been fine on those occassions. what i find is when i'm on the ground and others come to the arena he gets all giddy.
last night for example. i was longing on a line in the big arena. we were doing well. he was being a good boy. not being a smart alec at all (he's like a kid, perfect one time and showing off by being a brat the next). he was trotting over ground poles and i had a couple jumps about 2 ft high to go over. we had been there for 15 or 20 minutes. we had already successfully worked in the round pen with no line for the previous 20 min or so.
then a couple riders showed up and asked if they could come in and ride. i said sure. my horse's interest in me dissapeared. he started bucking and kicking on the lunge and kind of dragging me. so, i caught him up close and he started dancing and showing off with his neck arched and nostrils flared, giving little excited whinnies, then he flipped his tail up over his back and kind of escalated the action a bit (looked good, wish a photographer had been handy. he was under control (but only by training, he could have knocked me down and ran off on me in a new york minute). all i could do was lead him with close contact near his halter and i would've felt better with a chain under his chin (he had his bridle on too, but, i don't like to ground handle a horse using the bit to control/reprimand him). i had no hope of any more lunging and i certainly wouldn't have tried to get on to ride (which is what i was going to do before the neighbors showed up)
i'm just wondering, is this normal? will he outgrow it? should i make a point of spending more time with other horses? he lives alone now, but, the last couple years he had a pasture mate and he was still like that in the arena.
oh, and these two horses are our neighbors. a mare and a gelding. he talks with them over the fence several times a day, when he is in that part of the property.
Gailforce -- Another old lady rediscovering her inner cowgirl.