I was sure that he himself ran into the tack and that he did not associate me with the pain. Also I have been working with him. He is slowly improving his respect of my personal bubble. These things, unfortunately, do not happen over night. I have noticed improvement in his behavior though. Thank you for all of your advice and I will keep you updated of any breakthroughs. :)
In the quiet light of the stable, you hear a muffled snort, the stamp of a hoof, a friendly nicker. Gentle eyes inquire “How are you old friend?” and suddenly, all your troubles fade away.