I've been catching her and saddling her up during the week but then he takes over and does the work.
Bridling is a bit of an issue with me not being able to reach very high and Juno with a habit of a very high head carriage.
I don't do bribes with the horses unless I am really stuck but Bryan made me think of it more as a reward, so that when Juno is asked to lower her head, which she does well, then to reward her for the behaviour with a piece of carrot can speed the process up.It's a reward to release the pressure of course but carrot can be an added incentive.
I will change the way I think about food around the horses :-)
Juno was a good pony and cooperated well for me. We were allowed to go down to the paddock after a few minutes in the round pen.
We did a bit of trot and even managed to raise enough speed for canter. I noticed today that I am actually smiling in this photo below. That's a whole new feeling.
But wow am I unfit. I know we have managed a few rides of late but those 8 months of not riding much at all have had an effect.