A bit of an awkward question..... but here goes.
During the WBPD there were a few mares that joined us. Most of our group is geldings and the sight of so many new spunky mares affected poor Dusty. He spent almost the whole play day with his tackle out - (to the point that I thought surely that can't be healthy), trying to catch a scent of the mares, and basically acting like a very amorous teenager. I do suspect he was cut late as he's always been a bit riggy but I've never seen him this 'enamoured'.
We managed to get through the obstacles, not very well as most of the time 70% of his attention was on the mares and things got a bit silly when I tried leading by the nose. He wasn't acting crazy, or pulling to get to them - just always had to have the mares in his sight.
Wondering how I can help him through this? Should I have moved off to the side and done some groundwork to get his focus back on me? I feel that would have helped in the moment, but then he would be back focused on the mares. Is it a leadership thing - why listen to me over nature?
I'm not sure that I would have felt safe riding him with his mind so distracted, so I'm hoping others may have experienced this and have some suggestions
Stay safe in this weather xo