I approached the gate and said "Hi Max!" He walked up and nickered "Hi hooman!"
Our very first nicker..sigh..it's these small quiet moments that I treasure!
The hubs tagged along tonight so we took our time petting and talking to Max before bringing him in for his keratex treatment. Half an hour later he was all spiffed up, hoofs clean and shiny, fly-sprayed, stuffed with treats and ready to be tucked in.
We strolled back to his paddock and then watched him romp around and kick his heels in the air with joy. He must be feeling really good tonight ^.^
It was heaven - breathing in the crisp fall air under a clear starry sky, watching Max do his happy dance before trotting over for his goodnight nuzzle.
Life is good!