Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Australia baby!! Wouldn't live anywhere else!
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Are you nervous when you are around him? Horses easily pick up on the nervousness of humans, and will usually try to use that to their advantage and try to become the alpha horse over you - I know - my horse did it to me! Is it possible to erect a round yard - even a temporary one, to help you with your lunging? I find it a lot harder to lunge in my paddock than I did in the round yard. If he stops and then suddenly gallops straight for you, it does sound like he is trying to scare you and become the boss over you.
With the whip problem, try lying it on the ground, lead him up to it, let him sniff it if he likes. Walk him over it and around it. Move the whip to a different location and do it again. Keep moving the whip to different areas in the paddock. By letting him walk all over it, around it and letting him get used to it while it is not moving, he should clam down a little around it. Once he is calm doing all that, pick up the whip, slowly show it to him, and try to rub him gently all over with it. If he puts his head up or looks afraid, stop.