So after being told by my farrier that when my mini plays up one of the most effective corrections is to get her to back up. Problem is, she flatly refuses to! I can sometimes get a step or two out of her but by then it usually feels like I am physically making her do it - she really hates it. I figure that this means she has little respect for me although we have made improvements with her leading behaviour and respecting my space.
Also with lunging she has now decided that its no fun and just stands there. I will freely admit that my lunging skills are basic at best, any horse I have lunged in the past has obviously known what to do and there was no problem. I have lunged her successfully in the past and had her going from walk to trot and then back to walk and halt. If I had a round pen it would probably be easier but have to lunge in the paddock for now. To stop her from thinking that it will get her out of working I trot her alongside for a good ten minutes but its killing me! Although a great work out
Any tips would be welcome!