I am so greatful for your replies.
Something else you should be doing, and you may be already doing this is making sure your horse is de-sensitized to your tools. When I stop the horse and approach him, I rub his head with the rope in my hand, I also rub my training pole around all of his body and legs, head etc
Yes, I do de-sensitize him. This is something I was taught by a friend of mind. I use my lead rope, lunge line, training pole, etc. (whatever I have in my hand) and rub all over him. I throw the rope behind him, around him, over his eyes, head and ears to get him used to things around him.
I also lightly message their spine and shoulders, hindquarters, legs chest after a work out to see if their is any sensitive spots I need to know about.
I will start doing this.
When a horse appoaches me during a stop break during lunging I tell them "back" and point straight at them, if they are unsure of what I am saying I will wiggle the rope till they take a few steps back.
Then I pause a minute and walk up to them speaking to them and rub them with my hand and the rope and pole.
I will definitely use this procedure when he starts walking towards me when I whoa him on the lunge line. Again, thanks so much.
I am reading John Lyons (The making of a perfect trail horse) in my spare time. Right now, I work 5 days a week, but after the first of the year, I will be back to my normal 4 days a week w/ Wednesday's off. I am really excited to get outside on those Wednesday's, in the roundpen w/ my horses. Today, it's raining but the weekend is almost going to reach 60 degrees where I live(Western Ky). So I'm hoping Sat & Sun I will be able to work with my horses and use your techniques in the roundpen.
Last night when I was taking hay to the barn, Charlie was again crowding my space. Everytime I tried to go towards the barn w/ the hay, he would move in front of me and block my path. Naturally, I moved out of the way, then remembered "Charlie just made ME move MY feet." I then stood still & kicked at him with my right leg, not touching him. Charlie moved out of my way & let me pass. I then walked passed him. I hope that was Ok. I was carrying an arm full of hay and couldn't set it down. So I used my only other source.
I'll update you on my progress within the next few weeks.