When I lunge, I usually am fine with a buck/jump or two out of joy to be working at first, but after that, we get to business and I don't appreciate horseplay (no pun intended). Today, instead of lungeing in the round pen, I lunged Molly on a line in the yard. She was really feeling her oats (or grain and beet pulp, rather), but went right into a canter when I asked. When I asked for a canter the second way, however, she twisted her body so that her neck was facing outward of the circle and bucked, tail in the air, with her butt to the inside. The lunge line went under her tailbone, and she clamped her tail down and took off. I managed to keep her in a circle and jiggled the line to free it, but it definitely freaked both of us out. I lunged her for a few more minutes both ways, making sure I got clean canter departures both ways, then cooled her down and hand-grazed her.
Crazy, huh? Has anyone else had this happen?