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        08-23-2009, 05:40 PM
    Random but is this good or bad?

    Ok, bear with me I know this is a bit random. As you know I've had Carolina for almost 4 months. It's been an interesting up and down rollercoaster of a relationship. Mostly up though.

    Yesterday was a pretty harrowing kind of day, with everything that happened I fully expected to be right back at the start of our bonding again. But I guess I was wrong, happily!

    Today, after I groomed her, I was able to pick up her back feet for the first time since I got her. She didn't move, she didn't flinch or move to kick. When I was done I patted her all over and gave her a couple of treats.

    I put her away in her pasture and she followed me around while I filled up her trough and put out a new bale of hay. When I was done she stood by me while I spent about five minutes just swishing flies off her (bugs are bad in our area).

    When I was done I just stood scratching her ear for a minute and she put her head down, then rubbed her face on my arm.

    I don't know if it means anything at all, or that I was just a handy scratching post, but it felt like she was finally really friends with me. The whole time she was sedated yesterday I rubbed her forehead. Whenever I feed her or walk by her I rub her forehead. I felt like she felt comfortable enough with me to rub her own forehead on me for a change lol.

    Should I not let her do it again? Or is it ok?
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        08-23-2009, 06:02 PM
    It kinda depends. There's a fine line between "buddy time" itching and a lack of respect for your space. My solution is to allow the rubbing while I'm rubbing the horse's face, or hugging on him, etc. Any other time (bridling, haltering, showmanship classes, rubbing my rear end while I'm picking hooves...) I don't allow the rubbing.

    In your situation, I think I would encourage the rubbing, but only in what others describe as "non demanding" time. Otherwise, maintain your personal space.

    Kudos on getting comfortable enough with each other for the rubbing! Great milestone!
        08-23-2009, 06:27 PM
    Hmm good point! She hasn't done any of that while I'm tacking her up, etc. She wasn't rough or pushy about it, and just rubbed the spot on me that I always rub.

    But that is great advice that I will keep in mind to make sure it stays during that time only.
        08-24-2009, 02:10 AM
    Dropping her head is a VERY good sign, it shows she is comfortable and respectful with you.
        08-24-2009, 04:03 PM

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