I've tried to lunge Wiski time and again. The first time went sadly, he went counter clockwise but wouldn't go the other way. He's so lazy he only wants to walk. Any time I try to get him to go clockwise he won't do it.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong. But I'm working on it. I used to lunge my old horse Elle and she would always lunge fine. So maybe it's just Wiski is stubborn as heck.
He doesn't like to stay too far away from me, so it makes it hard to be more than four or five feet from him to start the lunging process.
When I ask him to go, he just walks up to me. (maybe I'm cueing him wrong.. I don't know) If I do get him to go he'll only do two or three circles before stopping and facing me.
I can't get him to do much more than a walk, I did get a trot the first time I tried but it didn't last long.
But he just doesn't seem to know what's being asked of him. So I guess my question is, how do I go about getting him to understand what I want from him and getting the desired results which is for him to lunge when asked, stop when asked, speed up.. etc...
If I have to retrain myself I'm fine with it. I'm going to also see if some of my more experienced friends will give it a go to see if it's just my lack of experience that makes him not understand or if it's just him.
Just to add in, I know that I'm supposed to be facing his barrel with the whip towards the butt and the line at the front. I've tried starting with "walk out" then clicking, then I shake the whip at his butt. (I swear that's what I was taught) After NONE of that works I try whipping the ground behind him... the only thing that does is sometimes make him jump forward a step or two. Whipping the ground just makes him want to come up and investigate... usually he just grabs the rope part of it and chews on it.