Free Lunging Question
Sorry if I misspelled lunging or is it lounging? Oh well.
So yesterday I decided to free lunge my project horse because I couldn't get on and ride him. I got bucked off/dragged by him last wednesday and my mom won't let me get back on him until she can talk with his owner about all that. I'm not at all afraid to ride him again, heh, after all that I got right back up on him to make sure I wasn't scared to get back on!
When I free lunged him (no halter or lunge line) with just a lunge whip, he turned totally sweet on me and knew everything that I asked him to do. I could get him to turn around and go the other direction but it took some persuading. I'll tell you what I do so you can tell me what I'm doing wrong.
Say I'm having him heading left. I have my left arm out pointing in the direction and the lunge whip out behind his butt (not actually touching him but in that general direction) to form that triangle. And now I want him to rock back on his hocks and turn the other way. So I put the lunge whip in my left hand, step out quite a ways so as to "block him" from going forward, and snap the whip or thwack it on the ground or something. My problem is, I usually have to step over two or even three times before he'll stop and reverse. What am I doing wrong?
And is he supposed turn towards me when he's turning or turn towards the fence? Because he turns towards the fence and then will sometimes buck.
All in all, he's very smart about it. He keeps his inside ear on me the WHOLE time and will lick his lips every once in a while and as soon as I turn away or stop moving, he stops and comes to stand in the middle. Heh, he doesn't even try to eat the grass that's in the round pen!!! And he's on one of those HUGE fans of grass!!!!!
Any tips or suggestions??
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