Hi, I"m a Level 1 grad: Not to worry, this is normal. The horse is dull to your first two phases because she figures, "Why should I, it's so little pressure as to not bother me, so I'll wait for 3 or 4." That's a left-brain response: calm "What's in it for me?"
Of course, it depends upon what works for your unique horse, but it's a long phase 1 (as long as you can stand it) & a quick 2,3,4. When you do this, she'll shorten the phase 1 to avoid the quick 2.3.4, which she'll have learned are on their way.
Another savvy strategy is to do something very small but annoying which gets the horse's attention & causes it to want to keep an eye on you & do what you say pronto: a tickle of its ear hair, a touch on its sheath. Linda tells the story of the appy who needed this in the blue Level 2 pack - very funny!
Also, remember to be provocative for the horse: mix it up, make it fun for her, so she's asking, "What's next?"
Last edited by Northern; 08-23-2013 at 08:09 PM.