I have reached the point with my little mare that I am ready to teach her to lunge. My agistment place has a basic round yard that I have already been doing things such as leading and basic ground work and she's comfortable in there. I have introduced to both the lunge rope and whip and she is not afraid of either. I planned to lunge her in a halter. So for the past maybe week I have been trying to teach her to lunge. With my previous young horse I used the method of starting of a short rein and going in small circles and gradually letting her out. That worked well for my last one.
For this one though she does not respond well to that. She just swings out her hind quarters and comes to stand next to me. I have tried pointing the whip to her shoulder but she will just walk right into it and it does not bother her. So when this didn't work after a few days I thought I would try another method I have read about, which is leading her around the outside track and then gradually letting her have more rein and stepping back. While I can get her sort of walking with me a little further back than her shoulder if I give her rein she just comes closer to me. If I step back she stays by my side. I've tried putting the whip between me and her but she turns her hind quarters so that she is facing me or ignores it.
I don't know what to do with her, because I don't think its a matter of time on this, she is making zero progress. Are there any other methods that I can use to teach her to lunge? I do not have a helper, nor can I get one that would be competent enough with horses.
I'm not all that fussed on perfect lunging, I just want to be able to walk, trot and canter her under saddle before I get on. Free lunging she is worse that. She'll just work towards you. If I were to throw a rope at her head she would keep coming. She just doesn't want to go away. She understands walk and halt and to move on.