Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
I have a couple of horses who will leave the herd to be with me, so I have to respectfully disagree with that part of the above post.
I don't know why they do it. Maybe it is just curiosity on their part, but we have one in particular that if my husband is putting up a new gate, is literally there, looking over his shoulder, taking his hat, licking his hair, picking up his tools with his mouth.
He can be quite the pest sometimes; tell him to move off and he will, but he stands out of the space bubble just watching doesn't go back to the herd, would rather just watch the strange human I guess. Might be coincidental, but he is also our smartest horse. He is fine out alone with a rider.
I do however agree that you need to see them as horses, respect them as such, and give it time for that trust to build with consistency and fairness, in discipline as well as in care.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer