Ok didn't get much of a ride today cause we got home a bit later then usual, it was also raining nearly allday so I thought I wasn't going to ride at all. Caught Apache who was half asleep twit. Then got him ready which didn't seem to wake him up anymore. Took him out to lunge before getting on and he was pretty good except when he kicked out in my direction once for making him continue lol. I had some trouble actually getting on, I think it took me nearly 5 minutes to get on because he kept trying to walk off. I flexed him both ways once I was on before walking off. I walked him around on a loose rein for awhile, then I trotted him around for a bit apart from tripping a couple of times he was pretty good with the trotting. He didn't test me anywhere near as much when I got on, the most he did was try to walk back to where he was saddled once. Whenever he did try to slow down simply clicking my tongue was enough, also whenever I asked him to go from a walk to a trot most times simply me preparing to go up a gait and clicking my tongue was enough for him to perk up and start to go when I lightly squeezed he was happy to go into a trot. I got him to stay in a trot with minimal squeezing for a few laps before I asked him to walk again. It was all going great until I noticed he had stopped listening to me and was watching something next door. Just my luck next doors two horses had decided to come calling, cantering and bucking down to us. This got Apache very excited and he was fighting me to go running to them. The only way I could keep him from running off or going up (from me holding him back) was to hold his head to my knee. I waited for him to calm down and then let him have his head again. I repeated this four times and every time I gave him his head back he got all excited and started prancing again. The horses next door were not helping this whole time they were running up and down the fence line like psychos. Eventually I felt like I was loosing control and I was starting to get nervous so I got off to work with him from the gorund. I started to take him for a work and trot in hand around the fence line which he still wasn't totally focused on me for. Then I stopped and started doing a bit of groundwork with him (moving hindquarters etc) fast, not his own dawdling pace. I found this brought his attention back to me and it stayed on me from then on. I then took him for a bit more of a walk around until he seemed totally calm again. I then went through the process of getting on again which he didn't really want to stand still for again but he eventually did. I then did a brisk walk again and got off. I also got a picture of him afterwards and a couple of others of his beautiful face.