So the gelding I just bought is getting over a nasty infected/ abscess on his ear and also appears to have had the same side crushed/fractured right below by his eye( eye looks very sunk in and a touch lower then the other side) it doesn't hurt him he loves being scratched and loved on. He is still a touch flinchy when you go to touch certain spots by his ear but will let is poke and prod and rub it for the most part.
The question I have is when I go to lunge him on that side he goes to backing up and not allowing me to his shoulder or past his head. If I make him stop walk to his shoulder/ barrel and then ask he is much more willing to move forward. So I'd love to be able to ask him without having to ask him without having to be right on top of him.
What are your methods? I am taking it slow but definitely not babying him.
So I will repeat just so it isn't suggested I DO have a trainer in fact he is boarded at her place I just want some other options to try out and see what might work.