Friday since I had the day off I went out to the barn and worked with Chief. And thought this would be a good day to go through each one of Clinton Anderson ground work exercises in his I and II series. He did good, no problems until we got to the sending exercise, when he turned his head/neck and took off. He does it so fast that it caught me off guard and after he does it's not like he goes running wild around the barn visiting horses he'll run off and stop to graze. I brought him back we did some more exercises. Then let him cool off, let him stand and put him away. It was a long day for him and I was probably doing too much at one time. But I was letting him rest between exercises and repititions. Oh and we were not in the round pen, I was doing these exercise in a different area to give him a new 'setting'. Thought he might be bored with being in the round pen, silly me for trying to liven up his training
So Saturday I worked him again we didn't do as many exercises but we did the sending and the lounging for respect stage 1 and 2 - and he started to really pinning his ears at me, and it didn't matter what I did - make him hustle his feet, let him rest didn't matter he would pin his ears. I don't want him to be angry when we do ground work, I want him to respect me and do what I ask of him with a good attitude.
Any suggestions - the other suggestions that I've gotten from other groups is - stay in the round pen, keep the sessions shorter, mix it up for him when doing the lounging - 1/2 circle YH, 1/2 YH again, full circle YTH etc...
Any other suggestions?