Went out and worked hard with him today. For a half hour in the morning, then another 15-20 minutes that evening.
The morning session was probably the most productive :). I worked on leading him and keeping him out of my space. I'm so used to letting him just be so close to me because I thought it was cutesie, but it's gotten way out of hand so now he's gonna become the well-behaved pony in the pasture - I'm DETERMINED.
After about 20 minutes of walking all around the stable and places, he really got to understand the 'my bubble' thing. He stayed a good 2 feet out of my box and I tried my hardest to keep his shoulders level with my body, but it wasn't working that
I also worked on standing. He did SURPRISINGLY WELL!! *so excited* Stood for a whole 17 seconds!!! So proud. I had to pop him a few times for getting restless and had to back a few times, but overall he did very well. It's just the 2nd full out halter session and he's already getting the hang of it! I ran into a small problem though, I CANNOT GET HIM TO STAND SQUARE! How do you do that? He stands like he's... weird... like with one like a foot in front of the other, like he's just chilling (which is wayy better than pawing the heck out of me! haha!) We did this for like 10 minutes. We also did a little stretching & stuff like that. I got him to the point that where I ground-tied him and walked in circles around him, and he didn't move. He was unusually chill today, though. I was very excited, though.
So I felt empowered and went back out to do some more in the evening, and he did just as well! I decided to do some fun stuff, so I set up a cavaletti & a groundpole in the flat part of the pasture and we did that for a little while, and then I got creative with a truck tire and set it on the ground. I thought of a seemingly good 'I control your feet too' exercise... So I made him put one of his feet in the tire. It took SO MANY circled around the tire before he'd actually do it, but when he finally did, I got him to do it a few more times!
Then I tried to back him into it and... well, we need to work on that, but overall I was SO proud of my boy!
He's coming along!! Thanks for your help & I'll keep updating!