Recent events have inspired this topic. At some point this would be a good one to make into a blog post, but for now, I was hoping to get some shared experiences going. Some of my Kigers are very person specific. They won’t be gregarious to just anyone. My two youngest fillies are great examples. I can go in and handle them myself just fine and pick up all their feet without even needing a lead rope on them, but if a man stepped into pasture or someone that didn’t look similar to me, they’d act like wild children that had never been caught before. I can handle them all I want and get them further along in training, but it just doesn’t transfer easily to a stranger. Part of it right now is age for my fillies, but even my favorite mare Calista had stranger danger on trail rides. She was fine with strangers around her, but whenever people stopped to admire and pet our horses on trail rides, she’d shift her face away when they reached out to touch her nose. At the same time, she was such a loving mare once she warmed up to you. She’d follow people around her pasture and, if you ignored her long enough, she’d try to tickle the back of your neck with her upper lip. So she easily was a favorite around the ranch. In her case, she was slow to warm, but always a gentle horse. When she did warm up to you, it made you feel “chosen” and loved.