I guess this is where I am supposed to stand back and say "Hmmmm, how interesting." My sessions with Iona seem to be really hard for both of us at the moment. She isn't a very willing partner lately, and I am really struggling to figure out how to fix it. I'm not sure whether we are stuck at Rapport or at Respect, and if we lack both (which we do) is this maybe one of those times when respect needs to be improved to actually gain rapport?
That's what I tried today. I had no draw and also had a horse who didn't even want to be led from A to B. Even in the round pen she didn't want to follow me, so we played the Catching Game, and I ended up repeating it a few times before she really stuck to me. I don't think that this really improved the rest of our session that much, however.
We have had various sessions and rides recently where not much has gone "right". I believe that some of the sour faces and refusals to do things are her version of play, and I can happily laugh about that, but I feel there are deeper disharmonies that I don't know how to remedy. My experiments with asking less or asking more, asking for more obedience or using reverse psychology, offering a purpose or just hanging out, all seem to end up in much the same place. Not much progress.