I have a Thoroughbred that I am starting to work and get back in shape. He is older, Probably 17-20 years old. He was a rescue and his tattoo was so badly damaged by mouth ulcers we can't read it.
Anyways, he just got over a foot abcsess and now I have begun working him again.
I have started with some lunging. I don't lunge for long periods, usually 30 minutes max so as not to put any unnecessary stress on already aging joints.
So here is the problem. He hates it, I guess.....
I can usually ONLY get him going in one direction. IF I can manage to keep him going, and manage to keep myself behind the girth he'll walk, trot and canter in the counter clockwise direction.
When I want to change directions, I slow him and let him come in to me. I rub and tell him how well he did and then try to get him moving in the other direction.
He WILL NOT allow me to get behind him in any way to push him off into the lunge. He CONSTANTLY faces towards me. I can literally RUN circles to try and get behind the girth, and he just turn and faces me.
I have tried THROWING the lunge whip to side of him, and then like trick him in to thinking I'm just rubbing him and then get behind him, but he then Pins his ears and either A) immediately turns toward me again, or B) Runs AT me and threatens to run me over.
I say threatens because he has never actually DONE it, but he REALLY thinks about it.
I've tried having someone else lunge him...No Good.
I've tried having someone else LEAD him, and then get him trotting, and then slowly back up until they can exit the circle, the moment they are 2 feet from him, he turns in and faces me.
I'm at a loss, and frankly, more than a little frustrated.
Oh, I didnt mention once we stop the lunging in the direction he WILL go, he wont do it again. I can get him to go counter clockwise, but the moment he stops after the initial lunging, he wont do it again.
<< that's me when I'm done. Just sayin...lol