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post #1 of 4 Old 09-27-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Had a great training day!

Today I tried free-lunging Banjo for the first time, and doing some join-up. He LOVED it, and did really well! Lunged nicely in both directions (better than he does on a lunge-line, actually) and any excuse to follow me around like a dog is great with him. Afterwards I thought I'd try a little with his year-old brother. I thought it would be a good thing to do to get him started as he is still too young to lunge, and we have worked on all the basics to death (leading, tying, handling feet, etc.) Not so much success there, though! He just stood there and refused to move. No matter what I did I could not get him moving forward- all he wanted to do was turn and come in to me, except at one point when he decided he would rather just eat the lunge whip. I don't want to chase him or scare him into moving- it just seems mean to me, especially when he clearly has no idea what I want him to do. Any tips on how I can get him moving?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 11:28 AM
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it's mean tor un and scare him, but his stopping to eat is somewhat disrespectful, what we have done is brought a whip into a round pen, free lunged. Drive him around, when he stops whirl the whip, if he doesnt respond crack it. Drive him forward and ask him yourself to whoa. IF he does, then call him to you and if he comes he has joinedup and given you his respect. If he doesnt come, drive him again.

All you are doing is establishing that in that pen you are the boss. Horses are herd animals and always have an alpha, establishing yourself as the alpha is an important step in your bond with the horse.

Great job with him so far though, just motivate him to keep going until you say stop. Once youi get that call it a day. A young horse should only be worked for about 15 minutes, their minds sort of shut down after that and it is like taking steps backwards. Keep the sessions short and always end on a good note.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-29-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Well he doesn't actually stop! He just never starts! He just stands there and looks at me like "well, aren't you going to come over here and pet me?" Waving the whip does nothing- he doesn't have a clue what it is. But one good thing is I can run it all over him, even let the string wrap around his legs and there is no reaction whatsoever. He's either extremely laid back or extremely lazy, I figure!
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-30-2011, 09:46 AM
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Sounds like you might need to get a bit tough with him just to make him understand. With my mare, when I taught her to lunge, I would get 'behind' her off to the side and i would swing the end of a lead rope and cluck. They don't understand, you swing it faster, faster then give them a tap with it.

Once they move forwards even a slight step tell them they are good and praise them.

If you are to the rear it is much easier to drive them forwards from there and he will learn but the praise is important. With my mare, I know when she licks her lips she is understanding me and i don't move on until i get that understanding from her. So start with just driving your boy forwards, eventually when he wants to slow you will only have to cluck, or swing your rope once.

That is really great though that he is so calm about things touching him!
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