Join Date: May 2011
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Dont get mad at him, he is confused and doesnt know what you are asking. You could put his halter on and a lead rope and have one person in the middle with the whip and one person holding him (If it was my horse I would be holding him) So start walking around the pen with him. When you think he has got it, like he acts like he knows he is supposed to walk in mindless circles around someone holding a whip, then, take off his lead rope and try doing it without anyone walking beside him. If he still refuses to go keep having a friend walk him around or you walk him around your self. But always when you change gaits make sure the person in the middle gives the cue instead of just numblessly standing their.
I taught my horse how to lunge by myself, how? Well, first off having your horse show his butt to you even if he doesnt know how to lunge is disrespect in its finest forms and when he does this you need to correct it immidiatly. I dont care whether he knows how to lunge or not, its still disrespect.
Okay so I taught my horse how to lunge on a long lead rope, maybe about 6-8 feet, that way you have more control over what they are doing. Start off by standing in the middle holding the whip and click to him or say "Walk". Point your one hand holding the lead rope in the direction you would like him to go and kinda tug at it, pulling in the direction and pointing. If he still refuses to go give a slap on the ground behind him with the whip and if he still isnt going anywhere slap the ground harder, getting closer to his hindquarters. (I wouldnt recommend hitting him on his butt) So what the scene should look like is you standing firmly in the middle of the pen pointing and tugging (not yanking but gently tugging to have him sense that you are tugging him in a direction) in the direction you would like him to go while smacking the ground behind his hindquarters. When he starts to move, whether it be one step or ten steps reward him highly for this and restart the process.
When he first starts off he wont walk long before he stops but dont make him keep walking, when he FIRST starts off its its okay to stop. As he gets better at starting off on the lunge line dont let him stop. My horse can now watch me point in the direction I want him to go and start off walking that way. When I step in front of his girth he immidiatly skids to a stop and whirls to the opposite direction, following my pointed finger to the direction he needs to go. When I step in front of his girth and say "Whoa" He skids to a stop. When I say "Trot" He will take off trotting on voice command only. Its farely easy to teach some horses how to lunge but not all methods work for the same people and horses. So maybe this wont work out for you and your gelding. But for my horse, well, it went smoothely (: It will take time, AND patience. Dont give up. Soon he will be excellent at lunging (: When he gets better you wont need a lead rope. And now my horse lunges without a whip, he prefers it that way so maybe once your horse learns how to lunge then take away the whip? With one of my horses I NEED the whip so like I said, depends on the horse and trainer. Sorry this turned out to be so long!
E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...