02-20-2013, 10:15 AM
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four year old won't work off the lunge
Okay, so about a year ago, my boss bought a 3-year-old named Annie. She had been started badly and the woman we bought her from hadn't really done anything with her. She had ground manners, and let us groom her and tack her up no problem, but she didn't know anything about riding or lunging. So a friend and I got her lunging like a pro, even with me on her back. We took her off the lunge and she was really making progress. We even showed her in beginner dressage a couple times, and she's a natural jumper. But a few months ago she completely fell apart. It took forever just to get her to stand still so I could get on, and then she'd go crazy, bucking and rearing and spinning. We put her back on the lunge and she's okay again, but any time I try to get on her off the lunge, she's back to being crazy, completely ignoring me. Any suggestions?