Dog and I have now “shared space” with my herd on about 4 separate occasions. What I have noticed is that we are becoming much less of a novelty and I have certainly seen the relationship between dog and the herd deepen very quickly. Amber has even given him a great back scratch which he thoroughly enjoyed. The herd is demonstrating more “herd” behavior around me now, closing their eyes, resting, and just… being, with the exception of Amber. She is just simply a very affectionate horse. Yesterday, and every day actually, though she seems to add a new way to express affection each time I share space with her, she placed her forehead to mine for a few minutes, rested her chin lightly on top of my head, gently scratched the top of my head with her teeth, looked me directly in my eyes close up, and just couldn’t stop being affectionate. What can I say, I love it!
On the first day of sitting in the pasture with the foal, Dog and Mademoiselle BelleQuest became friends as well. I will upload a short video of that encounter to You Tube in the near future.