Beautiful advice, and with the session we just had it came at the absolute right time. Today he was a bear. On the lunge line he would stop, turn, square himself at me and pin his ears at me with his head way up. Yes, I stood my ground and didn't back down... walking with just the lead rope, more pinning ears, but not completely directed at me as I was walking beside him and would not allow that. Now... please correct me if my assumptions are off... but, considering every other task I ask of him that requires him to stand still (give me your hooves, put your head down, back up a few paces....etc) there was no annoyance or defiance but anything requiring him to move was a chore. He's sore? Something hurts and he doesn't want to work. He's dragging his LH hoof when he walks but those around me say he's just lazy and doesn't want to pick his feet up... today was more pronounced. Today, he was really out of sorts. I know there are good days and bad.. today was the worst we've had, he's never squared off directly at me with his ears pinned like that and he did it a few times. I found a way to end on a good note regardless. My gut tells me it's pain, but that's just my gut, not expertise.
Now scuse me while I print out your words of encouragement and put them on the fridge, I need a reminder from time to time!!!