How do you thoroughly teach a horse to give to pressure?
I'm only asking because I was reading the laying down thread and I'd love to teach Lacey to lie down, but the first step seem to be calmly giving to pressure which she has a hard time with.
She is totally fine after she figures out exactly what I want but the first time I ask her to give to pressure from anywhere, she kinda goes into a "uh oh! What does she want? Oh my goodness! I better figure it out! Ahhh!" sorta state and tries all sorts of random stuff until she comes up with what I want and then for the rest of the session she's mostly ok. I just figure that she's not completely 100% comfortable giving to pressure if that's her reaction...Maybe I'm wrong...
She'll move off my finger pushing her over, I can move her shoulders and her rear with a finger, that one she has no problem with. Flexing her neck vs backing up is basically the area she has the most trouble with.
She's also fine with vertical flexion, she's fine stepping on her lead rope, if she does she'll just stop, put her head down, and wait for someone to save her.
Thanks! Hopefully I was able to word this in a way that made sense...I was having a hard time getting my thoughts down right.