Sunny's big training step yesterday was allowing me to touch her with the saddle blanket. Still caught somewhere between distrust and stubbornness, she wasn't terribly comfortable with the thought of me carrying that blanket around while she was attached to me via the lead rope. But we walked a few circles, then I began working my way into a smaller circle, getting closer and closer. I kept myself even with Sunny's shoulder, and let her circle me for the most part. When she finally stopped, I'd also stop and let her relax. Then I'd take step closer, and the circling would begin again.
I feel like a square dancer when Sunny and I do this. It's the same dance we have when I try to catch her and she doesn't want me to touch her face. But eventually she tires of the game and gives in, and the same was true of the saddle blanket yesterday. She sighed, I reached over and touched her, then she relaxed as I ran it up and down her side, rubbing her all over. When her head dropped and she was completely relaxed, I stepped away and put the blanket back on the rail.
The entire 'workout' lasted about ten minutes from start to finish, and it ended on a good note with Sunny totally relaxed. I removed her halter and walked away, leaving her to mull over how easy it really could be.