My mare Jubilee is great on the lunge line. However she doesn't do downwards transitions very well. When I ask her for walk from a trot, it takes a few rounds to get it. From canter, it takes even longer. Transitioning from canter to a trot is difficult as well. On the flip side, she is great at upward transitions and will pick them up instantly with voice commands and a little cluck. So far what I have been doing when I ask for a downwards transition is turning away from her, so I'm not looking at her, saying "whoa" and doing half-halts with the lunge line. Also, to get her to stop all together, I stand, bending over, whip down, not looking at her and ask her to halt. But she's still really slow at getting them. I have to ask her tons of times to walk and she still thinks she can keep trotting. Please help! Does anyone have any advice??
Try lunging her in a round yard. Ask her to slow down, and if she doesnt, you can 'corner' her by bringing the lunge whip in front of her and forcing her against the fence (hard to explain over the net). As soon as she stops, take the whip away and let her keep walking foward. If she tries to turn and go the other direction don't let her, keep her going the same direction. She'll soon learn that when you say stop, you mean stop.
My mare used to do the same thing. She would pick up any gait instantly, but asking her to slow down was horrible.
What I did was I started walking and trotting her in hand and using a voice command and making her slow down when I said it. I did that for a bit and then I moved onto the lunge line. I started out in a smaller circle and when I wanted her to speed up, we made the circle larger, when I wanted her to slow down, I made the circle smaller.
Now she'll walk, trot, canter, and whoa online now.