Ah! I have not updated in days.
The other day we worked more on how to lunge. Huge fight because she insisted that we go and stand by every door in the arena (including the outside doors, which I didn't even think about her having a problem with because Abby is only ever concerned with the door that goes into the barn). Anyway, she was reprimanded for it and by the end of it, we had gotten better.
On the 7th, we worked on it again and guess who got the message about the door when we're working? woo! Except she has this problem with going clockwise. Counter clockwise is fabulous, no problem. Clockwise, she'll get almost all the way around and stop in one spot. Does not matter what part of the arena we're in, she'll stop in that spot. I'm not 100% sure if it's my body language or what, but eventually we pushed through it and made a few complete circles.
She also has a wonderful stop, both with just a vocal cue and me dropping my shoulder that holds the line and crossing that hand across my body.
However, during that, I went to walk up and pat her as a reward for being a good girl and was rubbing her. She does not like her butt touched without warning and jumps forward. Not okay, but we've been working on it. So I tied her to one of the wall studs in the arena (a 4x4) and started rubbing her all over. When I got to her butt, she jumped forward, was clotheslined, and when she went to turn back, WHACK ..her little nose on the next post. It didn't take very long for her to stand quietly while I touched her all over.
She also did get a bit in her mouth for the first time the other day. She wasn't impressed to say the least. I need to grab someone to hold her mouth open long enough for me to take pictures because it looked weird on her. The bit didn't appear to sit on the gums at all, but on her lips that get very wide by the corners of her mouth..
Either way, here is crabby pants.