Not sure if this is the best place for this, but here it goes.
There's a gelding at my barn, who is in desperate need of a job. He's very buddy sour. He was recently mixed into a larger field, along with his buddy. He's very nasty to the mares and has way too much energy to be sitting around.
I was asked and have permission to work with this horse. He's a real sweetie, but he gets so worked up that he forgets EVERYTHING.
I had him out and was lunging him, he can't even walk. He just haul asses around and keeps getting closer and closer to me. I've tried using a lunge whip and he just doesn't care. I've tried multiple types of ground work, but he's just too unfocused.
Any ideas? At this point I'm not worried about riding, or even lunging. Just getting his respect and attention.
Before you lunge him, line is body in front of you. Make sure he is always looking directly at you. If he looks away, pull his face back and make him look at you.
When you're ready to lunge lift the arm you want him to go in the direction in and pull the lead line along with it. Take the lunge whip and tap it on his neck. If he doesn't respond tap him harder.
When he comes in your space, it's disrespect. If you want him to give you space always tap him in the neck with the whip.
Once he's going, stay towards his rear and keep his nose towards you. Tap him on the rear to speed him up.
When you want him to stop pull him towards you and give hi the command you use to stop him. Make sure he's the whips length away from you. If he did good and listened well, pet him with the whip and try the other way :)
If he licks his lips, you know he's learning :)
Ground work will establish respect from the horse and will get easier once he starts understanding what you're asking of him.