I just got my two and half year old grade horse a little over a month ago. I have worked him in the round pen twice. The first time a couple of weeks ago and the second time today. The first time he trotted both ways for one circle then stopped and began eating the grass. He has gradually been putting on some weight as he was fairly thin when he came to me, and the sight of anything green will distract him, I'll show him the whip and he'll just stand there eating. I didn't put much pressure on him that first time because he is young and this is all new to him. Since then, I've just been walking him every other day for some easy exercise and he does good with that. Today I put a grazing muzzle on him when I took him to the round pen, so that he would be less inclined to stop and eat. This worked, but he became frustrated and bucked twice. He only went as first as a trot. And he will only trot a circle, then stop, then after a few circles of showing him the whip he'll trot another circle then stop and repeat that whole process or just turn and walk in to me. I don't want to confuse him or bore him, so these sessions have been very short, like 5-10 minutes. I know he is trying but I need some help. I've never had this much trouble lunging a horse, and I know it is not a big trouble and I know it will take time and I am patient, but I was wondering if any of you could give any good advice on lunging a green horse.
Please and thank you