You need to work him in close to you so you can control his head, when he come in simply grab his halter and push him out. You should be able to lunge at a walk and trot on just a lead rope and a dressage whip. Always ask for walk first get him calm and then ask for trot when he plays up tries to bolt pull his head in and stop him.. Stand him still for a moment to think about it then start the process again asking for a calm walk. If he trot with out you ask him stop him straight away and start again. Practise this untill he gets the picture. But before any lunging I suggest you push him around a bit, back him up like get him moving his feet fast, he should be backing up while your walking in so you need to use a bit of force, get him turning tight circles ie you walk at his hindquaters and keep his head close, when he over takes you stop pat him and let him think.
You could try the join up method but unless you know what your doing I seen it go wrong too easy.
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I disagree with quite a lot of this.
I would not want my horse to come into me in the lunging so close that to turn him out I grab his halter. If he comes in that close (without me asking), he has broken the rules. I will stop him when he is absolutely no closer than the longest lenght of my arm. The shear act of disallwoing hinm to come up onto me is a demonstration of your leadership and puts him in a place of "mother may I" if he wishes to approach.
If the horse doesn't know how to lunge with you, I might not go to making him stop every time he gets a bit too fast or actus up. I might give him a few quick jerks on the line to tell him to "knock it off!" but I wont bring him back to a full stop, then start again. NOt every time. To start off, if he gets a bit excited, I am inclined to let him go for a bit. He will soon find how tiring it is, and how hard to maintain his balance on a small circle.
ONce he is better at lunging, then I would agree that each time he starts off too fast, bring him back to a walk and start again.
You see, in your case, your horse keeps stopping and trying to avoid going forward, so for you to stop him will only make this whole process get all chopped up into lots of little starts and stops and then who is really controlling that situation? You need him to move FORWARD above all. If it's a bit too fast at first, that does not really matter, for the time being.
And lastly, I would never have a horse turn cirlces so that his head is comeing around into me. Yes, some people like to move the hind quarters away from them. Cool . But I also see them pull the head around onto themselves and I personally think this is not good.
In any case, you really need a visual example to mimic. Eitehr have some one help you or access some good videos. I like Julie Goodnight, who has some great videos . They are not free, but are not outrageously expensive, either. And she really explains clearly and she is firm but not aggressive.