Originally Posted by munschk
So the step wise fashion of asking the mare to move forward was:
1. Slightly lift the arm holding the lunge rope (if I was asking her to go to the right this would be my right arm) and gesture with it (hold it slightly away from the body, towards the right) to show her which direction I want her to go.
2. Ask her to walk on.
3. Got no response, so upped the pressure by swinging the excess rope I had in my left hand. Repeated walk on command.
4. Still no response, moved the swinging rope closer to her. Repeated walk on command.
5. Still no response, let the swinging rope hit her shoulder (not beating her with it) and again repeated the walk on command. With this particular mare, I'd been warned she kicked out so that was one reason I went for the shoulder not the hindquarters, and also, the girl had done lots of Parelli with her and any pressure on her hindquarters and she just yielded them away from me and ending up facing me head on.
6. Mare moved forward, immediately took of the pressure and stopped swinging the rope. Initially she only moved a step or two before stopping but just repeated the process. I went up to step 5 twice and from then, the mare either responded to the walk on command, or occasionally, if she returned to being stubborn, to the swinging rope.
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Ok, you said that you do as the quote above says, but she doesn't respond. My horse is this way sometimes as well. Are you using a whip at all? I don't mean whipping and abusing the horse, it's just that my mare always responds better when I use a whip (the longer one works better-it's stick is about six feet plus the actual rope whip part which makes it about 12 feet long); however, your mare may respond fine with a short riding crop (mine's about three feet long).
Just stand as you normally would to begin lunging (I don't know if you lunge differently than I do). Ask her to move out just as in the step wise plan in the quote. Continue to follow the steps while holding the whip by your side so as not to draw your horse's attention to it. Use the whip in place of the swinging rope throughout the steps that call for it. First swing it out away and behind her to drive her forward, then if that doesn't phase her allow the whip to fall on her hindquarters as you swing it (not hurting her of course, she may jump or flinch, but it's not hurting her). If she still doesn't respond then swing the whip faster (not harder, just faster so that it falls on her hindquarters more often - up the beat). If that still doesn't work try swinging the whip a little harder or swing the rope part of the whip low to the ground and allow it to contact the backs of her rear legs (this won't hurt her as long as you don't swing it hard).
As always rule out any physical problems or pain and give her the chance to respond without physical pressure first then up the pressure gradually until you get a response (even if it's just a small one) then instantly release/remove the pressure. Also don't leave time in between uping the pressure if she doesn't respond, keep going at it until you get the response you're looking for or until she at least tries to do what you've asked. And always be careful when trying new approaches and/or techniques, and listen to your horse's body language. I hope this makes sense. If you have any questions just ask and I will try to answer them for you. I'm no expert, just some things I've learned along the way with my own horses.