lunging problems! tips and advice please
Okay so I have a welsh pony who is 12.2 and around 500 pounds. I got her about a month ago and really fallen in love with her. I orginally got her as a pasture companion/pet for when I get my horse within the next 3 months. And when our pasture and stable is ready at our property. Right now I am boarding her. She is young and has not been ridden much since her previous owners purchased her only as companion as well. I do much groundwork even though she is only going to be a companion because I still need her to be respectable and handable. She is also very lean. The last owners underfed her and she never had any grazing time. So since I had her she has put on weight. But now I really need to build muscle in her hind, back, and neck.
So anyways! I'm starting to lunge her. They told me she mostly free lunged when they lunged her and rarely lunged her on line. So recently I started working with her in the round pen without a lunge or lead line. I sent her out and she took off in a trot on her left side. I don't need to do ANYTHING for her to keep going. She just keeps troting sometimes breaking into a canter and back to a trot. She would not walk, no whoa, no turns. Just troting and canter on the edge of the round pen. My body language doesn't even matter with her. I could lay down and she would still keep going. For me to stop her, I have to step directly in front of her saying "WHOA" and even then it's not an instant stop. She takes a few steps. my other problem is that I can't get her to free lunge on her right side. If I get her to turn, she will quickly turn back to the left side.
So I am working with a trainer, and I am starting her on a lunge line on her right side. She gets very uncomfortable. I get her to go out on the line by holding the line out and saying walk on. Im slowly teaching her to know "trot-trot" and evenually canter. But even on the line to get her whoa, I hold the line up. Relax my body language and say whoa. Sometimes she gets it (lots of praise) and other times she just slows and takes a few steps then stops. When she just slows and takes steps how do I inforce her to "whoa"? When she doesn't whoa, I've been snapping the line just a little to get all her four feet to stop. Then praise. But I really want to know if there is a better way.
Thank You!! Please any tips on her free-lunging "left side" problem and lunging in general would be great!