I just got back, I was there for about 2.5 hours and in that time Breeze laid down right behind and let me pet her, she also followed me around didn't leave my side while I was doing my school, and I didn't at all put a halter on, it was her choice to stay with me.
Good girl but next time don't touch her as that changes the connection. It's hard not to. Horses don't touch each other unless it's for mutual grooming. You are building trust and showing her you can be there and ask nothing of her. That's a great friendship.
Okay I will try not too, but Breeze, and another horse Bliss, were constantly bumping each other with their heads, or nipping each other just for fun. They were constantly touching each other, sometimes to get the other out of the way, but mostly just because they wanted too. I have a picture... He bumped her side and she is pushing him back.
Just for another opinion, I don't think there's anything at all wrong with touching/scratching, whatever, *so long as it's done respectfully*. So many people just do things TO horses, without considering whether they like/want/tolerate it. Horses don't touch eachother *much*, they don't feed eachother, they don't ride eachother or invent games... I think understanding & considering what's natural & unnatural for a horse is absolutely important, but at the end of the day, just because a horse doesn't do something naturally is not good reason IMO not to do it.
I love liberty...to me, it is not just part of their training, but our lifestyle together. It is our normal relationship...we are one herd and the horses' both respect the relationship whether it is with me and one of them or me with both of them together. I am always keeping them guessing and wanting to ask me questions...keeping them interested in everything I/we do. I believe the relationship is most important, and often pushed aside, for the excitement of riding and fancy stuff.
Just because you are sitting still and quiet with a horse, doesn't mean that it is boring and you are not teaching anything. Some of those lessons are the most important.
Iseul, getting your horse to stand still is fun. No halter. Stand in front of the horse, barely to it's left, hold your hand up like a stop sign and say "stand". Place your left hand on the neck and start walking down it's side with your hand sliding along it's back. If the horse moves, go back up front and start again. When you can make a complete circle repeat only move just out of reach and circle. Before you are done with teaching this, you should be able to ask the horse to stand and walk a huge circle around it. This then advances to leaving, grabbing a carrot and hiding it and if he's still standing he gets the reward. If he moves a step, put him back and again leave and return. When he gets the reward, leave him alone for a few minutes by walking else where and having your back to him. When the horse is solid with this, you can groom, saddle, pick hooves without being tied. The more freedom we give them, the better they stay.