Oh Ms. Winnie, what an interesting character she is. She is one with a very large personal bubble, so large that when we first got her you could barely get near her to touch her. She had some serious horse problems with zero connection to humans and just knew we brought the food and filled the water tub. Now she will be the first to the gate! However as she revealed this past week there is still room for a deeper connection.
I thought I would just hang out with her and stand close enough to touch her. She could barely handle me in her bubble and kept moving off but I stuck with her until she settled which seemed like several minutes. After a while she finally dropped her head, became soft, blew out and then started yawning and yawning. I knew then that this had been a very, very difficult time for her since the yawning was a sign of coming off adrenaline. However she stayed with me for about 10 minutes letting me pet her and even moving closer to me. It was a connection I have never felt with her before and I’m so excited that she finally trusted me enough to let me in on a deeper level.