This article gives me hope for my situation. I just bought my first horse at age 51 (Me, not the horse!), and he was a beloved family pet to the previous owners. I felt very much like the intrusive outsider in his life. But I've been grooming him, leading him on walks, and talk, talk, talking to him every time I visit. and the other day he actually rubbed his face against me! After reading this article I feel maybe i can become a friend to him after all. Thank you for this encouraging piece.