Still getting resistance on the saddling. Blocking with his head, bolting forward. Doesn’t appear to be fear at this point. Anxiety, tension, anticipation of what comes next, some “no”. Very head high. Chunked the process down a lot. Saddlepad alone, then pad/saddle. No girth. Added treats. Lots of ear work, forelock slides, ttouches on his face, to get him thinking & relaxed. Python lifts on his legs while wearing the saddle to ground him. Head lowering, to get him out of fight/flight mode. Got progress tonight.
We’ll see how much stuck when I play with him tomorrow.
I’ll know we’ve got it when I can saddle him while he’s at liberty in the corral with no bridle/halter.