I've a little problem with a new horse that I bought recently. It's an Icelandic gelding, that is wonderful in everything, except when I try to lunge him.
The thing is that he always follows me very closely, just right behind my back or just a few centimeters away. In normal cases I would have seen this as dis-respectfulness, for nothing giving me any personal space. But as I've experienced, heard from other Icelandic owners and read, that Icelandic horses are very "crowdy" and are usually very close to each other, as they don't have the habit to kick or need of having personal space in the same manner as other horses do, unless the horses despise each other.
And he only backs away when I press him or goes to the side when I back (but then I must have my back pressed against his face for this to happen, REALLY crowding him). But he gets really close to me again whenever I stop pressing him.
And I've tried a lot of things to just make him stay away at least 1 meter from me, but normal exercises doesn't seem to work on him.
So I'm asking you other Icelandic owners, is my gelding just being disrespectful? Or is this just a normal behavior? And in that case, how did you teach your horse lunging? What kind of exercises did you do? Or should I just trash the whole idea of lunging?
(First time I've an Icelandic horse too, so yeaah, feels like a whole new world.)