So I will stay away from the depths of the internet for a moment, get some honest opinions from ya'll, and then work from there.
Okay so, tonight is the first night I have ever lunged my horse. Actually, it was the first time i've ever lunged a horse, period! I have watched the lovely hispanic guys that run our facility lunge horses... so I came prepared with the lunge cavesson, gloves, helmet, boots, hell we were ready for any kind of behavior! So let me get to the part that matters here and what my questions are...
My boy trots around tracking left, we do a few downward transitions, a few upward transitions, etc. Then I tell him to whoa. He turns and faces me. Just stands there. Licking his lips and looking at me. So I walk up to him to change the direction of the line and we start tracking the other way. He's fine until I ask for the canter. He bucks a bit and I have to literally crack the lunge whip to keep him from breaking to the trot. This is also a problem we are having under saddle. His canter in this direction (right lead canter) is very unbalanced and he tends to break if I don't ride him up the WHOLE time.
So here's my questions:
When you stop your horse and he turns to face you, is this what you want from him when you're lunging?
I am really working on getting that right lead canter under control and more balanced. Is this something I should work on exclusively under saddle, or should I continue to address it on the lunge line as well??
One last question... The Pessoa. I know... it's kinda' cheating. But how do we feel about it? My trainer uses it on all her horses. I haven't ever tried it before. Is this a possible option when lunging as well?