Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Lucky use to do this when I lunged her, and she was supposedly a finished trail/games horse.
What I did after I figured out that she hated being lunged was make sure I had either a lunge or dressage whip, depending on where we were lunging. Round pen was the lunge whip, and the tiny indoor was a dressage whip. She never wanted to get up an canter, Sotheby's whip was needed unless I wanted to get close enough to be kicked. What I did in the round pen (tried to avoid lunging inside) was tap the whip behind her feet when she wouldn't transition to a canter and if she kicked or bucked, she got the whip on her hindquarters until she stopped kicking/bucking. While that worked outside, she'd actually turn her butt to me and do it inside. I'd normally dodge in and out with the dressage whip and smack her butt with it. The one time she really almost got me (was lunging her before we trailered to a show because she wasn't listening at all on the lead) and I continued to dodge her kicks and get her with the whip everytime she kicked (on her butt) or on her side when she moved in towards me. Unecessary and I do NOT want to be kicked. I've been trampled before, and I'm pretty sure I will do everything I can to protect my safety in the future. Others might think I'm abusive, but I set every horse I ride up for success, and if they decide to be violent/aggressive, I will do the same thing back in order to protect myself. A horse can be replaced, I cannot.
I hope your arm heals up well and you figure out what to do with your horse, be it lease, send to a trainer, or sell him (hopefully not).
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