I am brand new to the forum and pretty new to horses. I've ridden all my life but just recently aqcuired a horse of my own. Rock is a 12-14 year old (don't quite know) quarter horse (no papers) and is very broken and gentle, stands tied, no real bad habbits, does most of all he should do. He rides well for the most part but does have a few peculiar quirks about him.
Long story short, I got Rock from my wife's uncle, who he was left with for a year and the real owner never came to get him, disappeared, etc. He was ridden all the time until the owner abandoned him and did well, I was told by my uncle.
My problems are this, one, Rock won't lunge, at all. My uncle said he would come after you if you tried to get him to lunge. Is it really necessary that we be able to work this way and how would I go about correcting this?
Other issue, and this may be a bit issue I'm thinking. He does not like to turn to the left. I'm using a curb bit, which actually seems a little narrow for his mouth? Rock does neck rein but when I try to get him to turn left, he refuses, tosses his head etc. He turns right just fine and will turn very tight circles, disengages hind quarters, everything. I can FORCE him to turn left but he just doesn't do it well and doesn't seem to like it. I can usually coax him to circle the pen in a left circle but he doesn't like turning left on a tight turn. Any help on this?