I remember the first time my RB horse Pride actually stayed at the gate when I was going to leave...I couldn't help but go back to him for some more lovin, and treats. When I walked off again, he still stayed there, until I was in my car and backing out. That was after 2 years of owning him.
My mare, unless she is pigging out, will follow me up the paddock and stand at the gate while I get in my car to leave too. Such a good feeling!
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."