I have a 2 year old miniature shetland who I have recently been trying to lunge. He's fine to catch and is generally quite lovely but as soon as he's on the lunge line he practically falls asleep. Obviously, this makes it somewhat difficult to lunge him. However, when he is livelier, he is constantly walking in towards me even when I try to get him back out. It appears that he has absolutely no respect for me (which is very unhelpful)
He was only weaned from his mother at about 1 and half years old (which in my opinion is quite late) and he still lives with his mother and 2 other mares. Our round school is very close to their field and he often is very easily distracted by them.
He has lots of potential but he just has no respect for me, is very lazy when I lunge him and is easily distracted. How can I teach him that I'm the dominant one, that he need to be actively walking around when I'm lunging him and to be focused?
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