My owner went back to work after the 7 week holiday yesterday but this evening she came up the hill to see me. I thought she was just going to give me a carrot and go because she wasn't carrying a head collar but I got quite a surprise when she took hold of my mane and 'guided' me (her word) in a downward direction back towards the stables. She also had a juicy pear in her other hand that she kept biting into and giving me pieces to tempt me to keep walking. After a while she let go of my hair because I was following her anyway - I wasn't going to give up the chance of more pear.
She just brushed me for 15 minutes, then took me back up again. All rather pointless in my opinion, but I suppose it was worth it for the bits of pear!