Target is an eight-year old buckskin paint gelding with stud-like behaviour around mares (they like him a lot too). He is the dominant male in a small herd of seven, with the only two mares being "his."
Target dislikes leaving his mares to go out on his own, even for a walk on his own property. This has become an issue for humans (not an issue for the horses) since we moved here and the herd became a tight family.
Target's approach is: refuse to move, push into your space, pull into the direction he wants to go, run around you, call for the other horses and pull on the lead rope as he passes your shoulder.
He has reared in the past when really pushed. Swinging a lead rope or using a carrot stick seems to make him more determined. These reactions are also seen under saddle (except for the rearing) when leaving the mares.
Target is a personable horse interested in people and great on trails because he's brave and willing. He's an awesome guardian of the herd and kind with youngsters. He's affectionate, alert, spunky and athletic.