Once you’ve found a good position to fall back to, it’s time to control the approach.
Every step forward will be a step towards the pressure zone. It’s important that you help to remind her to ground herself; lowering her head and relaxing the muscles in her body will subsequently relax her mind too.
For this mare, the approach is a set blueprint.
She knows she needs to turn around when being put in the cross ties, so you can see her thinking: “Okay, I got in, I now need to spin around because we always do so.”
It’s important that you break through that chain of thought and change it into one that’s way more relaxed.
At this point of the training, I again remind her of the relaxing and grounding methods, until I feel like she’s more relaxed in the space she’s in.
I let her look and feel until her thought changes to: “Oh, I am in this scary space, but I don’t feel like I have to turn around. I can actually explore a bit!”
That’s the moment I back out to her position of rest.