New Horse Bonding?

This is a post from my horseforum.com thread that I started when I got Max. I’m so lucky the forum is still around and I was able to go back and add it to Lipizzan Life.

I just got my horse, and it’s arriving at the stable today. I was asking my trainer what I could do with it to bond. She kind of looked at me funny. Of course I’m leaving him to rest in his stall today after his drive. She said tomorrow I can take him out and groom him. I asked her about some of the stuff I had read on here like sitting with him in his stall. She said it was dangerous to sit with him in his stall because he could get spooked and I would be in a big box with him at that point. She said I could sit outside his stall and talk to him if I wanted, and give him a treat or two. She said to remember that it’s a horse and not a puppy or a doll. So I want to know what do you think would be some ok things to do? I don’t want to be that idiot that’s wandering around the stable screwing with my horse, but I don’t want to be scared to show up and enjoy him either. I was thinking that it would be ok to come by once or twice a day and groom him (just once), pet him for a few minutes, give him a treat in his bucket. Nothing really long so he has time to be a horse, but is like 5-10 minutes ok? I know this is probably all more for my benefit than his. He probably just wants to eat and make horsey noises. The people I got him from said that he loved to come hang out with them when they sat outside together instead of staying with the other horses. I guess I have this romantic image of me just sitting with him, reading a book, while he munches on his grass, and him coming over every once in awhile for a mane scratch…

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