Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southern United States
I've never used a round pen, and I know exactly what you're talking about! It's very frustrating! The way I got past this while breaking my mustang was to not start out by lunging. Clip the line to his halter and walk around him, tug his head towards you so he knows that you are the focus. Sounds weird, but its important. Then, stand at his side, point the direction you want him to go (keep your body facing the direction he needs to be going as well), click, whip the ground behind his tail. Do that two or three times and then tap him on the butt if he is still coming back in to you. Just keep sending him back out and creating energy behind him. Be firm, and don't call it quits for the day until you get him to do what you're asking. You might have to chase him around a bit so he gets the idea that he needs to keep forward movement, just make sure to keep his head in your direction because if he turns his nose out he will get away from you since there are no boundaries. It's definitely harder to lunge them without a round pen, and takes way more time for them to get the hang of it, but it makes it all worth while when you can go to the trails and free lunge him for a few seconds before a ride.