Peaceful day with my handsome horse.
I used the bag on a whip to round pen with him.
I put my coat on his back and sides and up on his neck.
I have an old sheet that I fluffed over the top of him on his back. I even rubbed his face with it.
I let him play with my coat and the new giant bunny and the mounting block.
I used a rope around his middle to keep working with him to accept the pressure of the girth. It is easy to let off the pressure when he makes a change when using the rope.
I had him step and turn and back with the rope around his middle.
I asked him to step up to the mounting block. He was swinging his butt out so I changed the game plan, moved the block to near the fence. He managed to step up perfectly several times. I moved my feet like I might if I was going to get on. I carefully reached over the top of him to pet him on his other side a bit.
It was all going so good, I walked him down the driveway and through the orchard.
I felt a level of trust between us. It was a good day.