I don't sit with my girls as much as I used to. I used to like to crawl up in the round bale feeder and have them munch all around me
I do like to spend quiet time with Vida before and after a ride. I think she appreciates it that I don't just grab her, ride her and toss her back in the lot.
I truly believe to understand a horse, you have to spend a ton of time just watching them interact with each other, become part of the herd and then become the lead mare.