Dreamy has a signature head toss. I have only ever seen other Standardbreds do this...specifically Volo who I wrote about here.
Anyway, on Monday night this week, I took the camera out with me when I did night chores. Of course, after a few pics the camera ran out of battery (typical), so I was unable to get her head toss filmed. Ah well....here are the pics I was able to take. She totally does this as her way of flipping me off. She does it when I dare to be late when feeding her. She does it in the winter when she is bored and not ridden enough. She does it in the evening when she is waiting for her treat. Both mares have me trained so that I give them a treat after they finish their grain. (They each get carrot chunks IN their grain....but then they get a cookie afterward...LOL!)
Interestingly, she only does the middle finger head toss for me. :p
So Dreamy finishes her grain first and proceeds to flip me off. I wait until both mares are done before I distribute a cookie to each of them. And because Sparky is a slower eater AND gets more grain, she has to wait.....hence the head flipping.
Funny story....when I was at EA in 2007 for five days....S took care of the mares. On the first night he told me something was wrong with Sparky. My heart dropped. He said that she finished her grain and then stood there staring at him. She was not rude, did not kick the door, but would not eat her hay while he stood there. He figured it was not colic, since she ate her grain, so he went out to do a few things in the yard and went back. She had eventually gone to her hay, but when she spotted him in the barn again, she went back to the staring thing.
Well, I was laughing by the time he finished telling me this.
"Did you give them each a cookie after their grain?" I asked him.
"Um........no. Was I supposed to? That was not in the directions," he replied hesitantly.
"Well, Sparky was waiting for her cookie. That's all."
Oh, too funny. Apparently Dreamy did not flip Shawn off when he forgot the cookies. She just saves that for me. :D
THE TOSS (you can sort of make out the way she does it.....it is a very specialized figure eight toss....again I have only observed this in STBs.)
AND THE EVIL EYED TOSS:
So attractive, Dreamy!
Here is a pic of Sparky.....would have taken more but my camera died.
And here is one of my crazy kittens. Too funny.