Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
You have to be dominant over him. He's testing you and it's working - he's getting away with it. When you say "go away" (not literally the words, but with your body language) he should snap to it!
Training to lunge takes time and dedication and moreover CONSISTENCY.
Start off by leading him around in a circle, and drop back to his shoulder. Ask him to keep moving forwards by using your voice, body, and even artificial aids such as a lunge whip. Now that you have a consistant circle, start moving back while continuing to ask him to move around you - again, use your body or whip to encourage forward movement. It is your responsability to out-think the horse... if you feel that he might want to start moving in towards you, say "out" firmly, and make him work away from you - be aggressive about it if you have to . If you're asking him to move out of your "bubble" then he should hop to it right away - don't let him come back in until YOU invite him back in.
He might not know what to do once he's away from you, so make sure he stays out on the circle.
Your body position is everything - don't look at his face, make sure you keep your eyes and body pointed towards where the girth would lie with a saddle on. Keep in mind your body position on the ground is like your aids in the saddle, if you want forward motion, keep your body position pointed towards the area you would normally influence for that in the saddle, and that would be right behind the girth.
Alright, I'm sure I've lectured enough, let me know if there's anything you'd like clarified.
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