Well I carried on with short lunging sessions this week with Ricoh and we are having some difficulties.
In hand he walks, trots, halts and backs easily on voice although trotting inhand on the drive he is lazy compared to trotting down a lane say out hacking.
I have no lunge arena,arena or anything so I lunge in one half of a large paddock(not in with another horse).
He will move away and walk around fine and halt fine but he is very lazy. If someone walks around with him fast then he'l walk faster but as soon as they move away he slows. I ask him to 'walk on' with voice, click for trot and it'l be kiss for canter(when we get there...).
My problem is the lazyness when walking. Every other horse iv lunged(inc others iv broke so they arent seasoned horses) will walk and trot with some encouragement and infact most horses iv worked with are forward on a lunge but Ricoh isnt.
When walking inhand(on trails) and playing in field he's very forward so I dont understand why he's so lazy lunging. I wondered if it was because where I work him is right near his field and the other half of the paddock has a horse in so maybe he feels relaxed whereas out on the trails he's more on his toes.
Anyway, im just wondering how to get him to move on a bit and then learn trot? I use a voice command and if no repsonse I hit whip on ground and if still no response I tap him with whip. This works fine for walk(he always walks and halts from voice) but to move his walk up or ask for trot I get no response. I try get him moving forward then I click for trot but there is no response so I tap whip on ground, then crack it then tap him. Nothing. Its so odd because he does it inhand. I tried getting my Mum to run round with him but he only walks very fast and thats only if she holds on to halter. He still wont trot.
Any ideas? Am I doing something wrong? I keep the triangle and iv tried standing more to his quarters to drive him and it doesnt affect him at all.