As per DSC policy it is not allowed to enter the DSC barnyard once all the barn staff has gone for the day. I mean Adam never leaves as he lives just opposite of the barn, but his official ending time is 4 pm. Well the other day, when I was working in the office on the log book, I had permission and wanted to go down to the barn to but my finished pages into the log book. As I am leaving the office, Solo was right up at the fence by the Welcome Center, as soon as he spotted me, he started walking beside me on the inside of the fence, I entered the barnyard, and he followed still along the fence of the paddock he was in, finally our path crossed and he met me at the gate. I was not giving him much attention, as I only had few minutes to go down and be back to the office. I walked past the gate, and then I heard him behind me, I walked a little faster and I heard him walking faster, when I turned around he was slowly running behind me, the faster he got the more his ears went back, that was a little bit nerve wrecking, because having a donkey with ears pinned back running behind you sure is not a good thing. I stopped and turned around, put my hands out to the front and told him to stop, his ears went forward and he stopped, phew, sigh of relief there, started walking again, and sure enough he was right behind me again, his ears back and following me, another quick and firm stop made him stand still again and look like nothing was going on. I finally got to the tack room, did my thing there and left, as he was thank God preoccupied with grooming Gordon and let me leave. I mean he really wants nothing more than his belly rubbed when he does that, but he could ask nicely for it too...lol... ears pinned back usually scare the heck out of me, as I have seen them in action when they do.
So when I arrived at the farm on Sunday Solo was still in his stall eating his breakfast, and I was standing in the barn, and as soon as he got out he waltzed right over to me, and stood in front of me, I was not reacting as I was busy with Gordon, so he just tugged on my jacket to get my attention to give him a belly rub and I finally gave in too. But all morning as I was doing chores he was following me like a puppy and if I didn't stop ever so often to scratch his belly, he would grab my sleeve and tug on it, then waited for his second of belly rub, wander off, just to seek me out a few minutes later again. Compared to the beginning when he just started kicking even if I made a big circle around him, he sure has changed his tune when I am around him. The only thing that makes me a little nervous about Solo is that he is very unpredictable, you can see him far away from you one minute and the next minute he is right behind you without you even noticing him coming your way, otherwise he is a lovely donkey.