05-15-2011, 10:03 PM
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I would deal with the whip issue and the lunging issue first, as the problems there - lack of trust and respect, are showing themselves when you try to get on. I would desensitize her to the whip, lots of rubbing her all over with it over several sessions -then more sacking out. On the lunge I would bit her up with snaffle and side reins and enforce walk/trot/canter/WHOA. Only when she can willingly w/t/c/WHOA on the lunge and accept the whip and other scary objects would I attempt to get back on. Then lots of half-ups on both sides, putting your foot in the stirrup and rising up to rest over her back. I would also use a helper to keep her in one place while you are up and down, up and down - until it isn't a big deal. I know taking it slow can be, well, slow, but it is really worth it when working with babies or rusty older ones... working through issues prevents the holes in training that cause real problems later...