Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Ignore it. Really just ignore the head tossing. Give yourself a goal, and go for it. If he resists, urge him on towards your goal. Ignore the shenanigans and ask again. If he throws a fit, make him WORK! If he freaks at the trot, give a quick hard yank on the lunge (to tell him to knock it off) and then send him forward at a canter using your whip. He will most likely quickly get the picture.
You will find that free lunging is very different from lunging with a line, and some horses freak out because of it. If he is genuinely scared of the line, then it will take time and practice for him to get used to it. You can also desensitize him to it by throwing it over him while he is standing, or by tossing it while he is stopped, or shaking it and then praising him. He will soon realize the line is not going to eat him.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **