Today I gave both Link and Rollie a nice massage and stretch after lunging/exercising them. They both really enjoyed it and yawned and licked their lips. Heads went low and relaxed and eyes softened as I worked on their shoulders, back, and leg muscles. I wish I was a horse! 🙂 I find doing this kind of work really bonds us together. After the massages, both horses follow me around (even more than usual) sticking close to me and keep wanting to make contact. They will lay their head on my shoulder, waiting for another scratch, pat, or massage. For Rollie, the more reserved, shy horse, this is a big step. He is way more cuddly now than when we first got him. Building trust through this type of contact really works!
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