Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds View Post
Im not sure if this helps at all, but my mare was never taught how to lunge, but before being started, she was ground driven a bit and long lined. She learned how to be driven away from behind and when I went to lunge her, she just did it. At first, I simply waved the whip slowly behind her and she walked forward. And now I put her on the line, hold out the hand with the rope in the direction I want her to go and click and she starts walking. She's gotten very good at lunging, in fact!
What I'm saying is maybe teach him to be driven towards things. "send" him away towards certain objects or directions instead of leading. Like the way trainers 'send' horses into the trailer, or in a chute, etc. Does that make sense? If any one can explain better, please feel free.
It is very good training to teach your horse to be lead from behind, (basically driven or sent). This will be valuable on the trail, for example if you must dismount and send your horse over an obsitcle that you cannot ride him over and is unsafe for you to go over first and pull him over behind you.
When sending a horse, you need to be able to have access to his driveline, the place on his body where pressure applied means go forward. Pressure applied in front of this line will mean go backward or sideways, behind this line, means go forward. This "line" is usually about where the girth would lie.
If the horse tries to face you all the time, you cannot access his driveline., going around behind him to put pressure on his hindend will more than likely only result in him continueind to move his hindquarter AWAY from the pressure and turn his head to face you. You won't be able to get forward movement.
What you need to do is move his fron end AWAY from you , laterally, so that you can be perpendicular to his driveline. If he is facing you and you want him to go to your left (for example), you point your toes slightky leftward, look at his closest nostril (his left in this instance) and walk toward him putting pressure on his face. You come at him from a slight angle , toward his neck, but really mentall focus on that nostril. Put your hands up int the air, aimed at the nostril, and "tap" the air as if you were tapping along his jaw. The projected energy will move him, and if that is not enough you can swing your leadrope in a propeller toward his neck, but mentally focus on moving that inside nostril OUT , away from you so that his girth area will come available to you.
When he steps sideways, you then can put pressure on his driveline, hold your left hand low put pointing inthe direction you want him to go and drive him forward. Your indicating hand must always be lower than your driving hand, and you can even tip your upper body toward the direction you want him to travel. Also, keep your toes pointed in the direction you want him to move.
Once he moves forward, you also move forward on a circle. But your circle is quite small. Almost pivoting on the inside foot while your outside foot walks around. Only put on pressure to move him forward if his energy dies out. If you stop moving, I bet yoiu anything he will stop and turn to face you. Then you will have to go through the whole thing again to move him off of you before be;ing able to drive him forward.
Eventually just having the pointing hand out and low and the driving hand (with whip maybe) in the area behind him and higher, will be enough to make him step outward, then forwrard and walk on.