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    07-27-2010, 01:46 PM
pivoting instead of lunging

When I ask my 2yo rocky mountain to lunge around me, he just pivots in a circle around me. He will go the direction I ask, I just don't know how to get him to use the whole ring not just the 5 foot area around my body? He doesn't invade my space but he is just outside of it..
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    07-27-2010, 11:36 PM
What I would do it swing the end of the lounge in the middle of his barrel, but don't hit him. Also make sure ther is slack in the rope between you and him, but not enough slack for him to trip on or run over and get caught in. If that doesn't work, give him extra rope and walk back a bit and swing the rope at him if he follows. The rope coming at their side usually scares our horses enough to give us room when we lounge. Hope this helps.
    07-29-2010, 06:57 AM
I had this issue, too. I'd flick the whip or the end of the line at his barrel and slowly move up (in pressure) from there if he didn't move out. I decided to add the verbal cue "OUT" or "OFF" for anytime I wanted him to move out further...so incorporating that, tell him the selected cue, then flick the whip/line at him, then if he doesn't move out, tell him again and maybe give him a little tap with it, not a whip or whack but just touch him with it, then if he doesn't listen to that, try a light snap with it, so on and so forth, using only as much force as necessary and rewarding the slightest try. If he's really stubborn, he might need a decent spank, but he does need to respect your space and move off of pressure you place on him.
Basically, be sensitive to how much pressure he truly requires.
If he decides this gesture means "run around like a crazed maniac", just ignore him and keep asking until he moves out a little more. Eventually he'll get the picture. The verbal cue is extremely helpful, too, once they've caught onto it.
    07-29-2010, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the advice. He is stubborn (because he is a baby) but he really does just look confused when I ask him to move out so I will have to try the advice! I love verbal cues and he will walk almost always with just 'walk' so that is good.

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