Today I used grain to separate Posh into the enclosure and put down a very small amount. She was not at all interested in the hay. I got the halter on her head but she pulled away before I could fasten it. I picked up the halter and left the area for about 10 min while I mucked a wheelbarrow\\\'s worth. Came back and did the same thing, same result. Left again to muck. This time when I came back she was right up at the fence looking at me. I asked her to touch the halter and she did, even took it in her mouth for a moment. When I went through the gate holding only the halter she was right there. I asked her to touch my hand and she did. Then she touched the halter and tried to put her nose in it facing me. We walked to the designated spot and with a little grain, I got the halter on and fastened. Left it on about 15 minutes while I mucked, then noticed she was circling again. I went in and removed the halter with very little grain. Then I turned her out with the others. I was very encouraged by her change in attitude from the start to the finish. At the end I felt she was really trying and offering me something.
Of course, there is no riding Posh. Yet. Getting back to work after the new foal Bon Bon and events and reuniting the herd. Today Posh walked right over to the enclosure when I arrived, willing to work. I used a small amount of hay on the ground in our \\\"working spot\\\" and she put her nose in the halter. I got it on, but only fastened loosely. I let her move around a bit - but was worried she would hook the halter on the rough edge of one of the panels, so didn\\\'t leave it on very long. I put down a little more hay in order to remove the halter. Then she became agitated and started running around and around, so I let her back out. In retrospect I think maybe I should have tried allowing her to calm down before letting her out.
From 6-12 I have worked every day (except Tues 6-13) with Posh. She has gotten progressively more comfortable coming in for grain in the pan held close and with a hand on the sides of her face, under her chin and jaw, up her neck, and even near her eyes. When feeding hay in the blue bin she will take bites from my hand and doesn\\\'t move as far off to chew when she has a good bite. As the hay decreases she spends more time with her head down and allows face and neck contact. She stands chewing with a very soft eye. Today I used the stick and she wasn\\\'t too bothered by it. With the soft rope she is good with having the rope dropped over her neck and on her ears and face. Tolerates some flicking around her legs and hooves with the rope also.
Fed with contact with muzzle, jaw, neck, head and ears.
Fed reward grain from small feed pan holding pan in the crook of my right arm. Posh gets her nose in the pan pretty quickly, keeping it in there long enough to get a good bite. She touches my hands as she puts her head in then I clearly move my left hand up to her jaw, close to her eye, up to her neck, head and ears. And she just keeps on eating. Once she is done eating tho, physically connecting with her does not happen.