Wow thanks everyone for so many replies! Ok so as for lunging- he lunges like a dream! One click walks, couple clicks trots, kiss he lopes, and a simple woe and he stops on a dime- some people say I should train him for skidding stops because he stops so well, but that's not this topic. Anyways, he lunges perfectly. Yesterday here is how my ride went by detail: got him brushed and saddled, lunged him both directions- walk, trot, lope about five minutes both directions(not free lunging but on a line), next I do ground work for about 5-10 mins just to focus him on me more. Then I get in the saddle(yesterday I did put out 3 cones right away that we could weave through). Once unbend saddle he did great! We walked a few laps, trotted a few and then did a serpentine through the cones. We went back to walking/trotting around the arena, stopping, backing up. Then I started circling the cones to get his neck moving, after two times of thus he was being a little annoyed, but I pushed through. Then we started to lope in a large circle- did fine for a bit. Then after the lope we walked started doing cone work and that's where he began acting "spoiled" as some say. He started backing up, kicking his left rear leg out, doing a few head tosses. I tried to use spurs on him( I wear them all the time), he just crow kicked in response with some heavy tail flicks. After a bit of fighting, I got off lunged him at a lope both directions, got on and he kept doing it. At this point he would back into a complete corner! Got off again and lunged him in a tight circle making him focus on me. Get on, backs into a corner. At this point I'm frustrated so a fellow friend I ride with came into the arena and forced trig out of the corner and walked next to us. He was so heavy in his feet, dragging his front hooves, but he walked as long as she would. After a lap of pushing him with her on the ground, we called it quits- I know I should have kept on and continued to push him, I just had to leave the barn and be home because I had already spent to long there and had to meet family. So continued, I see my mistake in "giving in" but at the same time I can only spur him so much without riding a bucking bronc and climbing of to lunge him is doing NOTHING! So there is kinda more detail on my ride. Thanks everyone again!!
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