Ok so my plan was to ride sam and lunge apache this afternoon but that didn't quite happen. I caught Sam and had him tied up then I went to catch Pepper for my mum who was riding with me but she decided she didnt want to be caught today. This meant her and apache were running like mad and this was upsetting Sam so I was bit surprised that he was as calm as he was this afternoon. Once I finally had her caught, we had them both saddled and went into one of the smaller paddocks to do some walking and trotting. We walked a couple of laps in both directions of (big rectangle paddock) then we trotted. Sam did quite well though as usual he wasn't soft with his mouth whenever I trotted he would brace against my hands and he ends up ignoring me when I asked him to slow. He wasn't going very straight most of the time but I was more worried about him keeping a nice pace going which he did ok most of the time. He started to back up a couple of times without being asked this seems to be something he's decided to start doing the last couple of times I have ridden him. Otherwise he did quite since I haven't ridden him for about two weeks. I rode for about half an hour, he was quite sweaty by the time we finished. This meant I didn't have time to do Apache unless I wanted to feed the horses in the dark during a storm.
So I tried what I was taught to do which was to wriggle my fingers to get him to drop his head (if that makes sense) so he wasn't running around like a giraffe but he just ignored that. I have to have quite a bit of contact with him otherwise he slowly build speed until he's going all out though it is partly the way he holds his head that makes the contact seem so much harder. Anyway I'll see how we go next time.