This is a tough thing to learn. Even now when one of mine comes running across the pasture at me I can feel myself getting happy feet..... its not natural to stand while a 1000lb critter comes at you.
Another thing you can do to get used to them coming and checking you out is sit on a stool and hold a bucket and let them eat out of your lap. Usually I will do this to get a new horse used to me, but I imagine it will work to help you also. Just let them eat, whether it takes them 15mins or 2hrs just sit and talk to them, and touch them, I find it relaxes me a little to just sit with them on occasion.
As far as Studs being more aware..... I duno, ours is just a goofball and kind of an in your pocket puppy dog type, and the ones I have been around that were well socialized and trained were the same way. I have never really been around a rogue stud horse.
Thanks a bunch Jim!
I've been thinking if I should start out with a calm and obedient horse first...just to build my confidence level...I've heard some people recommend that...
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