BACKGROUND INFO: My horse, Scarlet, and this Thoroughbred, Roman, share a small 2 stall barn way back in the pasture, away from the main barn--and people traffic. Although Roman isn't mine, I do feed him for his owner when I go out to feed Scarlet, show him affection, talk to him and occasionally brush him out. I've never ridden him or seen him be ridden by his owners. Maybe it's the limited attention he receives, but he acts more like my horse than my own horse! Roman follows me like a shadow when I show up, never do I need to "catch" him to bring him to his stall. He is gentle although he towers over me and is never pushy and gives me my space.
I stand around with Roman a lot, and just observe how he interacts with me. But in this video, I'm not sure what he's telling me.
He engages anytime I apply "pressure and release"--like I said, he'd follow me for days if he could. But here, after every pat-he nudges me hard with his head. Is he saying "get away" or "I like that!" ? I can't really tell.
At one moment, I scratch his withers and he turns to look at me (I'm out of frame), when I looked back at him he quickly turned his head and faced forward, like he was afraid or something. Anyway, tell me what you think is going on here...