Our big boy, Dollar “The Scholar”, can charm a carrot out of most people’s hands. He’s always (almost) been calm and mild-mannered. However, a few years back, we had a summer of unusual behavior. I’ll write it off as a midlife crisis, only he didn’t have the chance to go out and buy a fancy new automatic feed dispensing unit (he’s not into cars).
We were boarding him at another barn and his stall window was looking out at the mare’s pasture. It had looked out at the mares pasture for a number of years, but something that spring had set him off and one day, he just went crazy in his stall: constantly calling out to the mares, pacing, and generally trying to get out any way he could. You would have thought he was a stallion by the way he was acting. However, his original owners gelded him many years earlier because he showed no interest in the mares.