Usually I don't use a lunge line at home, I just go in the round pen with him and he's pretty good at working for me without the lunge line and I don't use a whip either. Just natural.
Well, im at college now and they have a large arena and if I want to lunge him and keep him in a smaller area, ill have to use the lunge line.
He has a tendency to just want to follow me everywhere, so its hard to get him to understand that just becuase I have him on a line doesnt mean I want him right by me. I put him on the line and I try to put pressure on his eye or on his hip to get him to move out and start walking around me, and I try to slowly back away to get him further out there, but he just wants to come back in to me.
I think the fact that I've never used a lunge line before is throwing him off, because normally the only lead he has is a lead rope, which means stay by me/follow me/come with me... so this new concept of THIS line means stay further from me is throwing him off I think..