Because I'm in shock, I've been in tears, and I just feel kind of humble...and I need to share with people who may just understand.
I was out feeding the mares and foals tonight, and was on my way out and had to stop and have just one more cuddle with Wombat, when I felt someone lurking behind me. I turned round expecting to see Stewie but there was Bert, Bert who NEVER EVER has approached me for anything.
Bert who I couldn't get near for so long, Bert who spent a while trying to kick or bite me. Bert who gradually has become resigned to me and let me handle her, without ever showing any pleasure. Bert who always leaves straight away when she has finished her food, or when you take her halter off, was asking for something :o
Sooo I had to find out what she wanted, I wondered if all the flies had left her itchy, so I gave her a good brush over. She enjoyed it, but that didn't seem to be it.
Then she shook her head, so I wondered if it was itchy ears, so I reached up and gave her a nice ear rub, hand around the ear, thumb inside, and this is what happened
Yup, head shy, can't even brush her mane Bert wanted an ear rub, and thoroughly enjoyed it. For the first time ever she actually asked for something, and enjoyed an interaction with a person.
It made me cry, happy tears!