Perhaps I should clarify a few things...
Diego gets turn out for half a day every day. And I was told he walks around and around in the turn out, too. But again, his owner told me she used to watch him from her home office window walking along the fence line most of the day at home, too. So I'm not surprised that he's doing it here.
As for him liking me? Well he whinnied when I came in the barn and said hello to him on Wednesday and when I come to see him he's right at the door to say hello, not sulking in a corner. And he sure enjoys the light equine massage I do for him along his topline while just hanging out with him before and after riding. I'm sure he misses his horse and cow peeps at home. So I've made the extra effort to spend "hanging out" time with him so he knows I'm there for him. I don't look at any horse as just a "thing" to be ridden and put away.
I am not looking for the next top show horse. Monty wasn't an A-circuit show horse but if you knew him, you would understand why I have expectations based on him. And he wasn't a big money animal, but his qualities made him priceless. I don't expect perfection, but I already had a problem horse once in my life, as in the mare I had before Monty and I don't have the time or energy for a horse that is that high maintenence again. I should start another blog and tell all her stories from the 20 years we were together. It would be quite entertaining and informative, especially anyone wanting to learn how to keep patching up a horse that was a hazard to herself.
So all I can do is keep trying Diego and keep looking. And it is disappointing and frustrating on many personal levels. I appreciate the support and understanding from those who "get it" and maybe those who don't will learn something from my experience.