What cues do you use to tell your horse to slow down when you lunge them? How do you follow those cues up if the horse doesn't respond with slowing down?
Lacey has been progressing a lot in her understanding of lunging and for that I am very proud. She has no problem going faster when I ask and she's very very good at slowing from the canter to a trot.
The major problem is with her walk and trot transitions. She has a tendency to start trotting before I ask when I want her to be walking. When she does that I'll tug on the line and generally make her face uncomfortable (probably not the best solution, but I don't know how to stop her). It usually takes her a few steps to slow down then. After she does that I like to wait until she's walking nicely for a few circles, with her head even with her withers (she carries it higher when she's stressed at all) and then ask for a trot. She also stops completely pretty darn well from the walk.
Once she gets into the trot though she's almost impossible to stop. She will respond to "Eassssyyy" by doing more of a jog trot but she won't walk unless she's tired. I've tried letting her trot and trot and trot until she doesn't want to anymore but she has no issues stopping once she's a little bit tired, it's just in the first 15 minutes of lunging she won't walk from the trot unless I really yank on her face. I've also tried pushing her to go faster and faster but all that did was make her wary of lunging which I don't want becuase she's already a very wary horse.
I don't use a whip when I lunge becuase she's pretty sensitive about the whip, even though can touch her all over with it and she doesn't flinch. If I use a whip and try to lunge her she really won't stop. I think that's also partially from the fact that I have this weird issue with my hands where they copy eachother's movements so when I wave one hand the other one will move, basically if I jerk on the line to try to get her to walk the whip is jerked around too.
I feel like there has to be a better way to communicate slowing to her than just yanking on her face and teaching her that disobiedence causes pain and scarey-ness when she's already worried about people.