The Idea of Order: Can Horses Be Passive-Aggressive?

Why yes, yes they can.

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File this under the category of things I know my horse is doing on purpose just to be passive-aggressively annoying (along with standing on the hose when I’m trying to bathe him and peeing on the new shavings right after I clean his stall). I’m fairly certain he does it to show his distaste for me ruining his afternoon nap, but I guess it could also be a statement on how he dislikes having his tail in a tail bag. Either way he usually gets smacked back with it.


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Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 32-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a now beastly 5-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at

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