Okay, this does not sound like a super excited thing for you, but to me it's a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE step.
A little background:
At the old stables, before I'd groom Sonny and tack him up I'd turn him out into the arena to roll. He LOVED doing it and would roll probably 5 times if not more. Well as he was out in the arena to roll, I would stay in for maybe 1 roll, then go out and gather the grooming supplies, tack and so on so I had everything right there so I could quickly get him ready without having to walk/run back and forth.
Well as I was getting my stuff, the old BO used to ask the same two girls to set up stuff in the arena (jumps, ground poles or whatever) and by the time I normally gathered everything, they were already done setting up everything. Well when I'd go to get him, he'd kinda be shaky, but nothing that I was worried about...normally if a ground pole drops loud he'd spook, so I'd ignore it as nothing. Well one day he was turned out to roll, and I got my stuff gathered abnormally quick, I stood watching him roll. The girls were in setting up the arena, and as Sonny went down to roll, the one girl (the youngest of the two) RAN up to him and spooked him. I did not say anything, but continued to watch....Sonny ran off then went to the opposite side of the arena and tried to roll again...the girl ran to him again and spooked him
. I SCREAMED at her (so loud that the BO who was outside and halfway down the hill could hear me and came running thinking someone got hurt) and I told her to leave my horse alone (well I told her alot of other stuff, but Mike wouldn't want me to say them on here
So, after that time, Sonny would NEVER roll, or lay down infront of me or anyone else because he thought they would spook him. So after talking to the girls, one told me that the girl used to spook him all the time, first two times was on accident....then the other times was on purpose. So THAT is the reason why he was shakey when I went to get him and why he stopped rolling infront of me and when I turned him out to roll.
Well...he ROLLED out in the pasture with my standing fairly close!!!!!!!! That means he's starting to gain his trust in people again!!!
Sorry I had to share! I'm happy
And to make this even better....I GOT IT ON VIDEO!