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post #1 of 3 Old 03-28-2011, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lunging Vriski

Vriski is a rescue pony, hoofs and behaviour problems. (for hoofs see the thread What do you think? Will he ever be rideable?)
I lunge him only because I had almost no respect from him. If anyone thinks I shouldn't do it, please let me know.
So he's not lame when I'm lunging him but (after a lot of other lunging problems we've gone through) he doesn't want to trot in one direction. The most inetresting thing is that the direction that could cause him troubles, pain is the direction he just loves. (the first thing I thought when I didn't manage to get him troting, was that he's in pain). So his worst hoof is the right front one. And he loves to trot in the direction when his right is inside the circle, that way more weight is put on his right leg, right?
I ran beside him today in the "awful" direction and there were no problems.
Well I'm trying to solve this issue for 5 days already and before that he didn't have that kind of problems (that was for 2 weeks).
What he does is: I ask him to trot, he does it then he has (always the same) spot in the circle and he stops there, that way that he faces me. (If I warn him before the spot it's actually much worse) First few times he did that I went to him, turned him in the right direction and ask him to trot again. But he stopped in the same place again. So because (I guess) I was making it worse, because he had his rest time when I was coming to him and turning him around I stopped doing it. I put a pressure on him now, I hit the ground with a whip, or even whip him if there is no reaction. He picks the wrong (his) direction and goes troting.
So what am I doing wrong?
Any advise will be appreciated


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post #2 of 3 Old 03-29-2011, 10:13 AM
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I would start at a walk on his "bad" side see if he will walk all the way around, if he will then great! if not. let him take a couple of steps then ask him to stop.dont reward him, once he stops ask him to keep going a couple of steps repeat it untill he is willing to go all the way around without stopping. The idea is that he'll realize there is not just 1 stopping place. He need to listen to you and wait/ask for directions. once he can go all the way around at a walk. try the trot the same way. always use small circles that way if you need to you can put pressure on this shoulder,neck and head to keep him moving the right direction. Also watch where you are standing. you need to keep your body behind the drive line( where the girth would go) anything behind creates impulsions(make him go) and thing in front makes him stop and or turn.
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Thanks that will be very helpful :)
He walks without stopping, although he slow down just a bit on that place. I think that this idea with stopping him is great!
I was wondering about my body position in the beggining too, and I found out where I have to stand to stop him, or to make him go. It's good to know I did it right.


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