So, I haven't done much lungeing with my horse (just got him earlier this year), as he's very laid back and doesn't need to "blow off steam" before riding. Now I'm wanting to do some lungeing exercises with him as I'm getting him started over fences, and I'm having a hard time getting him really moving forward.
For example, last night I tried lungeing him over a set of trot poles. This was the first time I had lunged him over poles, but we have done them under saddle many times. He'd be trotting on the circle, approaching the poles, I'd try putting on some extra pressure as he approached them to keep him up in the trot, but he'd break down to the walk anyway, then resume trotting once he was past them. I had a friend stand off to the side with another lunge whip and help encourage him and THAT finally got him trotting through the poles.
I did a lot of lungeing and ground work with the last horse I leased, but he was a much higher energy horse. I rarely even used a whip with him and often had to work on getting him to relax more than anything else.
While I don't think my technique is perfect, I think my main problem is really getting MY energy level up. Like my horse, I'm also naturally pretty laid back, and I don't seem to be fooling him when I crack the whip
I'm working with a trainer weekly, but he behaves much better in front of her- just having her in the corner watching gets him much more energetic, as he knows she can step in any moment and really make him work (whether she actually ends up doing so or not)
Any tips on how I can "exude" more energy?