I've been lunging Lacy lately, just to get the sillies out since I haven't been riding as much and I've realized that I don't really know "how" to lunge.
I have a basic knowledge of it but I feel like I'm doing something wrong since I can get Lacy to go but I can't get her to slow down again. When she's tired she responds like a dream to a jerk on the lunge-line and being told to "walk" or "halt" or "easy" but when we first start out she just wants to trot (and then canter) really super fast. I don't want to just give into her because she's a genius and if I let her do it once she will never forget. She also tries to come into the circle when she thinks she's done, I usually jump at her and wave my arms to get her out again. I would wave the whip to get her out but she just thinks the whip means speed up and speed up only.
I usually lunge her in her halter with the clip on the chin ring. I tried it in her bridle once, with the clip on the bit on one side and the rope going over her head and through the ring but it pulled the bit though her mouth...
I usually use 3 trot poles (my trainer lady only has 3...) and I lay them out in the "normal" way. Last time I put them in a triangle and she seemed to focus more on that for about 5 minutes. Haha.