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  1. 5.30.18 – Worked with Bree on Monday. Went to catch her in the field. She raised her head and acknowledged me and went back to grazing. I stepped a few steps closer and she walked to me and blew out. Eyes were soft and relaxed. When I went to halter her she did turn her head away with a gentle “no”. I haltered her anyway and she came with me without any urging. I groomed her and did free work in the ring. She doesn’t really like to be touched so she always seems a bit grumpy when grooming. She puts her ears back (not pinning but just looks like “I am so annoyed right now!”. I spent a lot of time on her tail. She really likes having her tail brushed. She dropped her head and relaxed her jaw. In the ring I was not really sure what to do. I tried to mimic some of what I saw in the video. She seemed confused. She walked with me for a bit then turned away and went off exploring the jumps, etc. I got the whip and encouraged her to move which she did. She went running and bucking and stopped at the other side of the ring. When I approached her again she let me come right up to her but did not really feel connected. Every time I tried to get her to bend with me she would turn away and if I kept at it she would run away. She would let me approach and touch her – she was “with” me at some points but never really said “yes”. On Tuesday I had a lesson on her. While grooming she was quite feisty – swishing her tail and moving away from me. When I went to tack her she settled right down and was super quiet and relaxed. I moved very slowly and took little breaks to talk to her. This is not usual for me as I am usually all business when I get ready to ride. I tried to just enjoy the process and her and it really seemed to calm her down. Then, we went out to the ring and had “the best lesson ever” according to my trainer! She was just obviously happy and enjoying our work. She was fresh and forward but not unhappy or angry. The only “no” she gave me in the ring was to approach the mounting block. This is usual for her. I was calm and gave her time to say yes. Just kept urging her and lightly touching her flank with my crop until she walked forward to the block.