Originally Posted by usandpets
Just remember this saying, "The one that moves their feet (away) first loses." Even though you move first, you are moving toward (directly), you are not losing. If you move around her, that is the same as moving away in which you are the loser.
If you can watch a herd of horses, pay attention how they move each other. They don't go around to get the other to move away. They go right at the other. If you know which horse is the lead horse, watch what they do. First is the "look". Second is ear pinning and tail swishing. Finally, if it comes to it is the chase and bite or kick.
Now lets put that into your lunging. First the look, pointing with your arm.Second, pinning ears, swinging the rope or stick. Finally, the chase and bite or kick, walking towards while swinging rope/stick. The bite or kick is if you get close enough to make contact. The horse does understand this. It is just not used to a human doing it.
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That makes complete sense and I know all about moving the feet, herd dynamics, etc but I didn't connect it with the lunging so thank you for the reminder. It really makes sense now. I didn't realize what I was doing. I never thought about it that way and I'm the one constantly explaining to people that they can not move first or they lost and explaining herd dynamics and how to earn respect and leadership this way. I feel like a total dork LoL I knew this knowledge but didn't think to apply it like that. Boy do I feel silly LoL
Thank you so much for putting that into perspective for me
Outside eyes (and ears) are so helpful!
Thanks again. The light bulb really went off once I connected the dots. Posted via Mobile Device