I'm going to try to keep this short. I've been working with a friends horse for about 5 years. When I started with her she was a nervous wreck, basket case from a bad cart accident/training background and was afraid of whips, buckets, her own reflection, men, and anything shorter than her behind her.
It took me two years to ride her and she knows a lot so someone worked with her. I've been riding her consistently under saddle for 3 years.
My one problem, she has no respect on the lunge line. She's shown me once she knows how to lunge by trotting in a small circle and then stop[ing so I'm guessing she grasps the concept. But after one circle she always stops and proceeds to turn her butt to me with her ears pinned which is complete disrespect. In turn I smack her with the lunge line and pull her face around while stepping out of the way of her ginormous rump. After about 10 minutes of back and forth like this I can get her to trot semi circles where I praise her.
At the end of the month I'm bringing her over to the barn I board at for the winter. I'd rather ride her and other than lunging she has great ground manners but if for some reason I'm unable to ride I'd at least like to lunge her. Should I just continue this back and forth and praise when she moves out like I am now or scrap this and try something completely different. I was thinking of riding her on a lunge line and seeing how that works?
She's an 18 hand Percheron mare, 11 years old.
She's ok with whips now, she still doesn't like them but she doesn't run a mile when she sees them. It's more ears pinning and snorting.