As many of you know I intern at a Horse and Farm animal rescue a few times a week. We have a few very difficult horses there, and it seems like each of the really difficult ones (whether they're very spooky or traumatized and just don't trust people anymore) eventually pick one special person that they decide they can trust. It has recently become very apparent that I have been chosen by 2 of our more difficult horse (one is the 2nd hardest one at the rescue to touch) who also happen to be best friends with eachother.
It took a lot of patience and countless hour just standing in the field and talking to them to get them to this point, but oh my goodness is it the most wonderful feeling ever. I went from not being able to touch them, to being able to catch them, groom them, hug them, and just love on them all over!
Rowdy wasn't catch-able for a long time, they tried everything short of firing a tranquilizer gun at him. No one could touch him anywhere except for a pat on the nose, that was all he would tolerate. When I was asked to try haltering him I was extremely skeptical, thinking no one else can catch him, I doubt I can. The first time haltering him took me about 45 minutes, that was 2 months ago, Now I can halter him in under 60 seconds, I'm still the only one who can. Today he let me hug him for the first time, a real around the neck hug, and he didn't move a muscle!
Julius will let certain people pet him to an extent, they can halter him, eventually. I put a break away halter on him a couple weeks ago (I've only been really working with him for about 2 weeks, much less time then I've been working with Rowdy) to make him easier to catch. The first time haltering took a goof half hour if not more. The first time I tried to catch him after he ran away from me... Well I'll let the pictures talk, here he is today!