Day 2. With no agenda I went and sat in the paddock with Sky and Fleur for about an hour. I made no attempt to interact with Fleur, I tried to not even look at her… I do need to take a book with me next time though as I can’t help myself. I could tell though she was very aware of me, she had one ear and eye on me at all times. Sky came up to say G’day a few times and on one occasion she did bring Fleur with her although Fleur made no attempt to interact. Sky is the dominant/leader of the two.
I read somewhere that if a horse stops what it is doing and looks at you with both eyes and focuses on you as you approach, it is an invitation for you to enter their space. Horses are very spatially aware creatures, that is how they determine the pecking order as it’s all about who can move whose feet. A less dominant horse would never enter the personal space of a horse who was above them in the hierarchy unless invited to do so first. Now obviously for our own safety we need to be the “dominant / lead horse” when we interact with our four legged friends. In this case however I am trying to build up Fleur’s confidence as she is so timid and get some kind of dialog going. I do believe that honest communication is the foundation of trust. If she does not invite me in I do not go in….I don’t know if this will work…. only time will tell but it is what “feels” right at the moment. So….today on my way out I walked within 5 meters of Fleur, any closer and I knew she was going to move off. I stood still a moment awaiting an invitation, whilst she was fully aware I was there no invitation was forth coming. Maybe next time.