Am I giving the wrong cue?
Again, I purchased a AQHA Buckskin 3 year old about 10 days ago and have worked with her about 5 of those days.
The day after I purchased this mare, I worked her on a lunge line and gave some simple cues and she responsed to them.
I had the lunge line in my left hand and about 3 foot of the end in my right to use to twril. I stood off to to her right side and she started walking (to the left) after I clicked. I twirled the end of the rope on my right side and she picked up into a trot. While she was going circles around me, I tried to position my self to be behiind her shoulder or "girth" area. For a stop, I held out my left arm and said a firm "Whoa". The horse stopped and faced me. I switched hands with the line in my right hand and the 3 foot loose end to use to twirl in my left. I stepped to the horse's left side and twirled the rope and clicked and the horse started in the other direction (to the right). I continued to work with her changing directions and working her in circles about 3-4 times each way. I worked with her for about 15 minutes before riding.
Yesterday (1 week later), I wanted to just work with the horse on the ground and review the lunging to find out areas on where I needed to work on for the horse and myself's sake. I used the same cues (as stated above) and started the horse going to the left. After about 4 rounds I held out my right arm and said "Whoa" and the horse stopped and faced me. HERE IS THE PROBLEM: I stepped off to the left side of the horse's shoulder, twirled the end of the line, and clicked to cue the horse to start of the in the other direction (right). But the horse just stood there acting like it did not know what I was asking. Did I miss the cue? or Give a wrong cue?
I did try to completely walk over to the horse's left side to position myself behind their shoulder ("girth" area) and gave the cue to go to the right. However the horse stayed in the same spot but turned and faced me again.
So what cues should I be giving....
Reminder:.. I purchased this horse about 10 days ago. I have not worked or been around horses in about 1 1/2 years due to a tragic loss and lack of time.