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post #11 of 12 Old 02-20-2013, 04:08 PM
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A total of 20 minutes lungeing in both directions is more than enough for any horse. To keep one going on the same rein for 25 is enough to make any horse get bored silly.
Stop fiddling about with him at a walk and send him straight into work at a good trot - your circle should be at least 15 meters.
Ypu say you have a lunge whip which is good - if he comes in at you use the whip hard across his front legs, he will soon learn to respect the whip.
Keep give and take on the line to keep his head towards you when he is trotting or cantering.

It sounds as if you need to learn how to lunge correctly.
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-20-2013, 06:02 PM
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He is completely disrespectful and ill-mannered.

Don't raise a whip toward him if you do not plan on leaving a welt -- several would be better at this point!

Quit threatening him and nagging him. When you only 'peck' at a horse, you usually just make them mean and more aggressive.

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER 'give ground' to a horse. Whatever he is doing when you back up a step is what you are teaching him to do. You need to learn to 'read a threat' from a horse. He already knows how to 'read a surrender' from you. He is in charge right now and he knows it.

Watching some Clinton Anderson DVDs may help you, but I really think you need an experienced person to work with you that can help you learn how to 'read' a horse and develop the timing and technique to establish respect (and do everything else).

It is not the amount of time you spend with a horse; It is the quality of the schooling time a person is giving that horse. I would rather have a person with skill spend 10 minutes with a horse than have a person that lacks feel, timing and skill spend any amount of time from 5 minutes to 5 years with any horse. The horse will only keep 'going down-hill' with the later. The more time they spend TRYING to work with a horse, the worse the horse will get.

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