We have always had a working relationship, however, after his illness, it seems to have deepened.
A few weeks back I had gone out and spent time with him when he came over and hung out with me under a tree, eating leaves. I savor those moments when he chooses to be with me because I know he is not a touchey-feeley horse that is overly demonstrative or clinging.
He has a natural reserve towards people and takes a while to get to know. He has been difficult for his riders, and often receives (IMO unfairly) some negativity that was undeserved.
When the weather wasn’t too lousy I would spend some time sitting in his stall with him when he was on his Jan-Feb-Mar stall rest. Lately, I’ve been sitting out in the pasture with him, even though at times he didn’t come over, he might move to graze close by before moving off again.
Of all my horses I find him the hardest horse to place in Hemplfings What Horses’ Reveal horse types. I have often thought about paying the money and having Hempfling review Big Guy and let me know because it puzzles me so much.
Today, when I entered his field, he noticed me and started to amble over. He ended up walking the entire length of the pasture to be with me which was very touching as I don’t know that his physical therapy of walking 20 minutes a day is a trip in the park for someone who has broken their pelvis.
I gave him a Zig Zag TTouch when he really loved (surprised me!), and then did some hindquarter double fist knuckle message and worked the inside of his hind thigh before we did his arena work, and ending with a walk down the road to brighten his eye and widen his nostrils.