3rd April (just realized I accidently wrote march in my last post)
Ok I am not happy with myself but I truely got frustrated with Sam this afternoon. I was not able to ride him this afternoon but I at least wanted to do some ground work with him. I had a go at lunging again since he did so well yesterday, well this is where it went bad. From the very start he wasn't listening to me but I thought he would calm down and start listening as usual. He would do about half a circle on both sides then he would either:
a) barge in at me and try to shove me out with his shoulder
b) stop and stare at me or
c) try to go in the opposite direction I was asking him to go in
I would send him out then after about half a circle he would come barging in at me and try to barge me out with his shoulder he was going right through me hitting him. He nearly ran me over a few times. That was what he did most of the time. Then if he didn't do that he would occasionally turn and face me then not move or go in the other direction. Also if I had to resort to giving him a tap on the bum to get him moving he would kick out. I also found the more/harder I hit him on the shoulder (if he didn't respond to the cues before that) the faster he would try to barge into me. I felt I was getting nowhere and we were both getting more wound up so I thought we would take a second calm down then get on with something that we could both do. I then worked on his responsiveness to moving his hindquarters and forehand which he wasn't very excited about but by the end he was responding very well and not going forward or backward at the same time. I also worked on him standing still and his backing up. I then had another go at lunging which he was not much better at but I managed to get one full (not very good circle) so I stopped there on a relatively good note. Hopefully next time will be better.