So you never actually touched him with the whip? Does he know how to lunge?
How did you ask him to move forward? What part of his body were you trying to direct? What was his response?
Here is an easy step by step process of how I teach lunging.
First he needs to know how to disengage his hindquarters.
Walk to your horses hip, keeping the lead short so your horse needs to turn his head. You don't want a long lead where he can dart off or just ignore you with his head low. You also want your hand up a bit so if he goes to move his shoulders into your space you can bump him out of the way. You want to slightly lean in, putting some visual pressure on his butt.
With your whip at the ready tap the air by his hip, if he doesn't move tap his butt, if he doesn't move smack his but, if he still doesn't move whack. Once he steps his hindquarters away and the inside hind crosses OVER the outside, straighten up and lower you whip. Repeat until you don't need much pressure.
Take your lunge line and point the way you want him to go, lets say clockwise for discussion sake. Raise your right arm to shoulder height and have the slack just taken out of the line so there is slight pressure on his face.
Keep pointing. Cluck. Or whatever your trot verbal cue is.
Keep pointing. Don't cluck insistently or it won't mean anything. With your left arm swing the lung whip at the left side of your horses neck ( the left to you, your horses right) If your horse doesn't move walk toward your horse, if by the time you've gotten to your horse and he hasn't moved tap on the side of his neck. You must direct the shoulders of your horse out onto the circle first, this is what you're doing here.
Some horses will go backwards, do NOT increase pressure. Your horse is trying, it just happens to be the wrong thing so calmly keep the same amount of pressure until your horse tries something else. When your horse does something wrong, you are not looking for the other end of the spectrum and for your horse to do something really right. Keep the pressure until your horse stops backing. Ask again, as soon as your horse goes forward and away from you on a circle at all, quit! Take the pressure off and leave him alone. It doesn't matter if its only two steps forward, that's fine.
At the point above you are just trying to get the horse to figure out to move out on a circle, you aren't worried about keeping him going at this point. Keep repeating getting your horse to move out on a circle, by escalating the pressure slowly as you have been doing it will take less and less to get him going. Once he understands that bit, THEN you can keep him going. When he stops immediately drive him forward again.
Once the horse s out on the circle, any pressure to encourage forward should be behind the driving line, for simplicity's sake, his butt.
If he leans on the pressure of whatever you have on his face give a bump back towards yourself. You don't want to just pull, a steady pressure will give him something to lean on.
When you are ready to stop take the line and bump his nose in as you move your arm across to your opposite hip, then take your whip and do a bit tap in the air towards his bum. You may need to shorten up on the line a couple of times before he turns to face you again. Afterwards make sure he's still soft at just disengaging.
Then keep in mind, horses need to be taught things twice, once for each side. Just because you've taught him to lunge clockwise it doesn't transfer to the other direction.
EDIT: I was watching tv and hadn't refreshed to see the new replies.
You need to get more firm with him, he knows you won't touch him with the whip and there's nothing to take seriously.
Put him on a small enough circle where the end of the line can still touch him
Raise your hand and cluck, raise your whip, then swing your whip getting progressively closer ( yes tapping or whacking him is needed until he moves out into a trot) once he speeds up leave him alone.
Do not nag him after he's moved, relax your body and lower your whip. Let him make the mistake of coming back to a walk before you get after him again. If you babysit him and don't allow him back down to a walk you are further desensitizing him to the whip and he'll never learn.
Last edited by BreakableRider; 11-04-2013 at 09:54 PM.