Had a really nice moment this weekend with my horse in his stall and wanted to share with everybody.
It was about 11pm at night and I was just leaving the barn (because we had a Halloween Party) and decided to check on my horse before I left. I went into his stall, talked to him and petted him, and then all of a sudden he sort of put his nose to the ground and did that circling thing they do to lay down. He was all curled up and laying down - ready to settle in for the night - so I knelt down next to him and pet him some more. What surprised me is that he stayed laying down, very content and trusting of me. I've always thought to myself that if my horse will let me sit next to him on the ground while he is sleeping, then I really have something with him, because horses look so vulnerable when they are sleeping - more so than anything I have ever seen. Moments like these are what I live for! So unplanned and so nice.
So, I am wondering if anybody else has had this kind of experience. He is my first horse and that was a "first" experience for me with a sleeping horse.
I have had that experience many times with my horses, although mine are always on pasture. Yes it shows a high level of trust. The funniest time was when we had visitors to the farm and a 4 month old colt decided to lay down right in front of me. As he laid his head down it proceeded to slide under a single wire in the fence.Dilema! How to move him without frightening him causing him to raise up and get caught in the wire?And with an audience of 4 people no less! So I knelt down,stroked his legs, took hold of the bottom side two and slowly pulled him out from under the fence. He waited to raise his head until I had stopped pulling, looked at me,yawned and laid back down. The onlookers had no idea what could have happened but laughed at how cool he was about it all. I have always done my own type of "imprinting" and it has paid off many times. That one included!