Over many weeks Sakima began to consistently seek Lynn and step forward to have closeness with her. Now the focus of Cat moved from steps that involved a distance from the horse to being up close and helping Sakima accept human touch on his body without his fear emotion sending him over threshold which would have been a rapid retreat on his behalf. To avoid this mini Cat was developed and the same principles of Cat H apply to the hand. Lynn would not try to touch Sakima but hold the hand at a distance and when Sakima gave a relax signal she would drop her hand. This continued and Sakima now learnt he was able to control the closeness of the touch by giving a relax sign. Slowly the distance of the hand from the neck was reduced. The equivalent of switch over in Sakima’s mind was when he allowed Lynn’s hand to touch him without withdrawing.

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