So Lacy (20 year old Arabian) has been coming along quite nicely but she's never very tuned into me... I always feel like I'm just interrupting her plan for the day when I go out and work with her.
I haven't been riding lately because neither one of the english (i have no idea how she'd do western) saddles I have access to fit her well so she starts bucking and mini rearing if I try to ride in them. So undersaddle work is kinda out of the question at the moment.
I have been taking her in the round pen and working on our body language to the point where she turns the other way when I lift an arm and take a step towards her and she's been doing pretty well. She seems to be more tuned in after these sessions but I don't want her to start tuning that out too.
There are three groundpoles I could use for something but she doesn't really focus on them or anything, she just kinda steps over them with a bland look on her face.
Any ideas? I love her to get more patient, less easily frustrated, more interested and using her brain more, if that helps at all. She's super intelligent too she just balks at using her brain.