I recently bought my first horse in over 20 years. (my last one I had for 19 years and unfortunately she died last year)
Pandora is 3 and we are starting to do a bit of work I will be mouthing her at the weekend and then go on to long reining her a couple of weeks after that.
Shes an Irish cob x ISPH, she's so laid back and you can literally crawl between her legs and under her belly and she'd just stand there. (not that I would recommend doing that to anyone!).
So today I went up to start her on the lunging part. Before I started I did all the usual stuff like picking her feet up and tapping her legs with the rope and that, I did a little rope twirling around her head sides, back and front (she always just stares at me like I've gone soft in the head and ignores the rope in the air. lol)
So I put on the line and and rub her all over with the whip, tap her under her belly, back legs, and give her scratches on the face, neck etc with it.
I step back and ask her to `walk on` not an entirely new command but not one she's done without me being to the side or in front of her (I am well used to lunging so not being overly specific with describing my body posture here). She looks at me but stands, so I step back and to her rear to drive her forwards while facing her with my body at the front end to block her moving towards me and wave the whip towards her back end. Nothing.. she just stands and looks at me like I've just given her a really good back rub.
So I try tapping her with the whip repeatedly on her back end, clucking my tongue and asking her to walk on while blocking her with my stance and she still stands there like a huge mountain and I SWEAR she's just like, `what, it's so nice standing here in the sun, come give me more scritches.`, she yawns and continues to stand.
I will obviously enlist the help of some poor unsuspecting person to come help me get her used to the idea of lunging while she's being led, but I really don't want to actually use a lot of force to get her going as I will hopefully be mostly using voice commands and leg aids.
She's a lovely quiet mare, I've yet to see anything that spooks her or upsets her, and shes totally the temperament that I am looking for, I want a nice safe happy hacker not a fizzed up ball of 15.3 horse leaping around underneath me.
Any suggestions, as waving things/tapping her with a stick does not work and at some point I am going to have to get her to trot. (Perhaps I was a bit too thorough with the sacking out process!)