Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
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Absolute Refusal to Lunge
As spring gets closer, I'm wanting to do more work with Chance to get him past his nervousness and disrespect. I find he is more disrespectful towards women, and an absolute nervous wreck around men. So being a woman, I have one tick against me.
My instructor is going to help me with this problem, but I would like some other options to break through this if my instructor gets stumped, too.
Chance refuses to lunge. Its not an "imma just stand here because I can" its a deliberate "imma move so you can't get at my drive line, and do all these funky steps when you try to make me move".
But this is a recent development. Before I could get him to do it half way, before he would turn on his own accord and simply "pace".
I have gotten him to "lunge" twice. Once using a CA method of tapping him to make him move, and when I see him thinking about stopping, or moving the way I don't want him to, to tap. He threw a couple fits at me to try and intimidate me, like rearing, but I just kept him moving. Lots of direction change in that one.
The second, was purely out of schooling him. He reared and attempted to rip the lead from me, so I got after him and he lunged. Try to change direction, and he refused, blocking me and everything.
He is a gent under saddle and listens, just his ground work is a bit to be desired for. He has head butted me in my stomach a couple times before because I wouldn't let him paw or dance. He rubs his head against and kind of pushes.
I want his respect before I even think about doing "trust exercises" and I believe if I can get a basic lunge for respect down, I can maybe build on that.
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