Spin off from "Horse with unwilling attitude"
Ok we highjacked that thread for a bit, oops.
I am seriously extremely interested in this subject. I know what my mind, my eyes, and my perceptions tell me about the response I get from Rascal. I am really interested in how these responses aren't enjoyment, but more of a result of conditioning the response....
Does this supposedly also hold true with grooming, bathing, hand walking, and new experiences? Does body language in foals not tell us if a response is a positive or negative? When a tiny foal leans into a nice scratching, is this not enjoyment, but something we taught it? When said foal whinnies as you come into view, this isn't a greeting but a taught response? When Rascal sees my car pull in and comes racing to the gate, is this because he only wants his feed? He knows when breakfast, lunch, and dinner times are. So, why does he do this at the other times, if not for companionship and the desire for contact or the enjoyment of scratches?
I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.