Hi Emily, welcome! Lorenzo and Moon are just beautiful!
I used to do Parelli (just level 1) a few years ago with one of my horses, but also started to realise what you have noticed, about the 'make', that it wasn't the horse choosing/wanting to do things. I wanted my horses to want to play with me, so I went in another direction... and I'm so glad I did.
Im really thrilled with how Lorenzo is progressing.. he seems happier, more enthusiastic and exuberant... I love seeing him grown more confident & we are having so much more fun learning together.
Crazy flooding and soggy ground: tell me about it!!! I am waiting and waiting for the ground to dry so I can play properly with everyone again, but it keeps almost drying up and then raining again.
I hope you'll start a diary, I look forward to following your progress.