[quote=goldilockz;351119]18 minutes (10 at the trot) isn't so long, and it wasn't the first time we've lunged her. We have gotten her to trot for about 5 minutes before. Anything between 15-45 minutes is what I was taught for lungeing. Less than 10-15 and you haven't really done anything.[quote]
That depends on what you're wanting to achieve with lunging. If you're wanting to exercise the horse, then I agree. But if you're just training the horse who is not yet 'good at it', then 10-15 minutes is likely too long.
It's good that she didn't face him because facing him would be her showing her dominance. She needs to wait for his cues and signals before moving.
...Or it could be that she's looking at your husband to see what comes next, or because she likes him & wants to come to him. Or she is confused & needs reassuring. It could be that standing out there not facing him is because she feels too 'dominant' to stoop to paying him any more attention, that she's afraid to face him, that she's 'giving him the finger' or is on guard, by keeping her rump as close to him as her head... I don't know, without being there, but I'm just trying to point out, don't assume that facing you is 'dominance'... or for that matter, if it is, that that's a problem. After all, in other situations(such as calling her in the paddock for eg) do you see it as an undesirable behaviour for her to face you?
I do agree that it is desirable for her to learn to stay out on the circle too, so that if you wish for her to do that, she will(lunging to me is about teaching & reinforcing all sorts of things & cues at a distance). But if you're just starting out, concentrate on the basics & get into the specifics once she's getting solid. Not being afraid to turn & face me, not being put off coming in to me for comfort are 2 important basics IMO.
Again, that's what I was taught to do by our trainer/instructor.
Yep, I got that idea. Just because they said so doesn't make it right tho. ...Or necessarily wrong for that matter. I find that if you ask 5 experienced horse people a question, you tend to get at least 8 different opinions!
I think it's important to learn the whys & wherefores for yourself, then you can make an informed decision on who's advice you might follow. I hope my reply has given you some more food for thought, to that end.