Originally Posted by KayceeJo
This last spring I was away from home for about 2 weeks. When I came back, the horses were more than ready to go back to work.
LOL, this makes me think of all those folks who feel sorry for horses on ranches or feedlots that have a job to do every day all day long. Folks get all "OMG, the poor horsies having to work I'm sure they get so tired and must absolutely hate it, I bet they'd be happier turned out to relax".
When my brother was working in a feedlot, I went up and worked with him a few times. When he walked into the pen with a halter in the morning, he had to nearly fight the horses off because they were all trying to put their heads in the halter and he had trouble getting to the one he wanted LOL.
When I was doing a lot of daywork at a local feedlot, I was mostly using a little pony that belonged to a customer because he needed the work. When I first started working with him, I had to rope him to catch him and he tolerated, but disliked, my presence. He was a b***h to load in a trailer and had the typical sour pony-tude. After a couple of weeks of working at the 'lot almost every day, he would walk up to me and halter himself in the morning, hop right in the trailer, and would seek me out whenever I was close by. His attitude did a complete 180 after he was given a job. He was always happy to be caught and get going, head up, ears forward. If horses could smile, he would have been grinning all the time.