Well I didn't get time to put an entry up after my lesson.
Today it was raining when I got home so I didn't get to go out until about half an hour before I had to feed the horse. When I went out I had a go at lunging Sammy because we were trying to work with him on that yesterday. This is because Sammy doesn't lunge. We have discovered after yesterday that he would go out in the circle but after about half a circle he would cut across and practically run you over. So today I thought I would have a go by myself. At first he was very much the same so I gave up with the whip because I was finding it too awkward. I just used the end of the rope to hit him, so I was just getting him to move his hindquarters and then I had a go at moving his forehand away and he stood there for a good five minutes not moving and I was starting to hit him pretty hard by this stage. Then he moved off and I thought I would try and keep driving him forward and he kept going I was so happy we had a break through. I got him to do a whole circle without him trying to cut it off. I then got him to do it a couple more times walk (a little trot) each time I did it he would be less stubborn about it. I then had a go on his bad side. This direction was his worst where he would do a bit of a circle then come into the circle and try and barge you out of the way with his shoulder. I got him to change direction (to his bad side) after a bit of encouragment it took him a minute to work out that me hitting him on his shoulder and having my other hand out to guide him in the other direction was me telling him to turn. Once he figured it out he walked off when I asked then he tried to turn into me (I wasn't frustrated as such but quite sick of it by this stage because he had already done it to me quite a bit. He would just walk through whip/rope and barge past) I gave him a BIG whack on the shoulder and he kept going. He did two full circles on that side afterwards without trying to come into me. I then did a bit more on each side and he had a couple more goes at trying to come in but nowhere near as bad as before. Later when I fed him (he's normally very rude around food and tries to push me out of the way instead of waiting) today he didn't even try to come near me. He patiently waited until he knew I wasn't going back to his food before he walked over to it no fighting with me about waiting. Even when I went back to give him a piece of dropped hay he moved away instantly I didn't even have to ask my body language was obviously enough. I had to get in quite a submissive sort of form for him to allow me close because he seemed to think I kept wanting to push him away from his food. I felt I had a big break through with Sammy today because he is not mean but has no idea of personal space and today he really kept out of my space. I am quite happy.
Now we just need to work on his brakes on the lunge.