Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
I believe both, but in a complex sort of way.
With the horses, you get respect before anything. If they feel they can walk all over you, and can outsmart you, they wont trust you to be their leader in the situation, because they know they can do a better job. I also believe that what trust is to us, is sort of like what love is to horses. Get respect, get trust, and yiu will have as close to love as you will get from a horse.
For example, Cowboy. He is actually the most affectionate horse I've met. He is very happy to see me, comes right up to me in the field, and is perfectly content to sit there with his head rested gently against my stomach. We also have other sorts of games, simply because he is just naturally very loving. But, before we could get to this point, I had to make sure he knew his role in the herd heirarchy. Once he was clear, I made sure he had every reason to trust me.
So there's my opinion on the topic, a very good topic indeed.
~ When I Die, Remember Me By My Horses ~
* Because They Are Responsible *
.: For Letting Me Live :. (c) xJumperx