I don't know if this is the thread that this belongs in, but yes I am new to horses and I can't get my paint mare to lunge. She just comes straight to me and stops I step back and throw my arm out with the line and use my whip behind her to try to make her go but she maybe does one circle then comes right back to me. Any help on how to make her do it right or to help me do it right?? Thanks!
Our new horse had the same problem. He had never been groundworked before - but worked with him a lot and he has improved greatly.
When your mare goes around in a circle, just stand and follow her - don't ask any more of her but don't lose your boss posture.
When she stops and faces you, ask again and again until he goes. But don't do it when she stops - as soon as you see her slow down to face you - immediately ask her up again. Once she gets going again, wait until she has made at least half a circle more than usual. Then YOU stop her and praise her. Do not let HER stop herself because that creates bad habits you do not want.
Don't take any steps back and no steps forward to begin with - you want her to understand what you are asking of her before you add in any techniques. So if you go a week doing circles and she does great - then the next week continue,don't immediately go into a circle with a back flip and a lead change while flying. (If you know what I mean)