So today I went to ride Rain and she seemed pretty antsy when I was tacking her up... she was stomping her feet a lot and lifting to kick (what does stomping mean? Her ears werent pinned) So I figured since she was acting so funny I should lunge her before I rode.
So.. I don't have much practice at all lunging a horse. I've lunged a schoolmaster once.
... Rain is a 5 year old.
Anyway, I got her to go one way fine (after a little work trying to get her not to walk towards me), walk, trot, canter.. but when I switched to the other direction... all she would do is walk towards me and try to get on the wrong side of me so she wouldn't be lunged..
I didn't know what to do. I tried for so long. So I tried to switch her back to the good direction and she wouldn't lunge that way anymore either.
I didn't get on her because I don't know her very well yet (I've had 5 rides... and am now leasing her.. but 5 rides is not very many.) and wasn't sure how bad her bad days are.
So I guess my questions are... how do you lunge a horse whose avoiding the line? And what does foot stomping mean?
Also, do you guys have any suggestions for good books on horse behaviour and also some books on training.. horse and rider. (we are both green!)