Someone is going to be a TANK when he’s all grown up. He’s doing awesome at standing tied. Lunging is still a little bumpy (for both of us lol I hate juggling line and whip! But I haven’t had the arena to myself enough to turn him loose) but I feel like we had a breakthrough today! I did a little too good of a job teaching him to stop/yield to pressure on the halter so I think that was/is a big part of the problem. (I like that he’d rather respond that way than try to pull away from me, though) So I made sure to keep driving body language and encourage him to go forward and turn the circle instead of stop. We had all kinds of distractions that helped him learn that today. Lol When we were done with that I did more jumping next to him and leaning against him and petting and patting his other side. I also added in some yielding his head to the side and a little tiny bit of sidepassing to our normal. It’s hard to get the saddle pad to phase him anymore. I have to practically throw it at his head to get a reaction. (That was accidental... the first time. ) He’s a rockstar. His favorite reaction to “I don’t like this, how do I make it stop?” Is to try to bite it. Sometimes instead of yielding to pressure, he reaches around to try to grab the stick and pull it away. Smarty pants with a sense of humor, this one.