So if you've been reading my posts you will know that I have had my horse Rusty for a little over two months and that at first I was fearful to even lead him out of his pasture. Then I was able to walk him around the yard. Then a friend of mine helped me to be able to trot and even canter him around the property! That was going good for a little bit, then he bucked me off going down a trail. (No other horses, I have to ride alone) So that bucking off set me back, but my friend helped to build confidence in me and the very next day we trailered out to a horse park and went on a multi-hour trail ride. It was fun and I was nervous, but my friend got on him and as soon as I see someone else on him doing trots and canters, then I feel much better about it and with her encouragement I was able to do it as well. I HATE riding by myelf. A lot of the times I am the only one at home and it's the only time I have where I have a couple of hours to work with my horse. So not only is someone not riding with me, no one is home to boot!!! It really scares me, not so much that I could get hurt, but if I fall off my horse will run away (he's done it twice) And I live around busy roads and there's no fences to keep him in. He always wants to run like three streets down where some other horses are. He doesnt have any pasture buddies right now. I can't afford another horse at the moment. So I was lunging him the other day and he HATES going clockwise and HATES even more when I ask him to canter clockwise. He just wont do it no matter how small I make the circle or how hard I crack the whip, even giving him a pop on the butt DOES NOT WORK! He just wont canter and then he gets upset and the other day he REARED!!! I was not riding him of course, but I couldnt believe it. I have heard too many stories about how people get messed up on rearing horses. Granted, I was not on rusty at this time, but what if he decides to do it when I am riding him. There's no way he could right himself and he'd go over on top of me! Should I be afraid that he'd rear with me in the saddle? He started bucking on the lunge and everyone said oh its ok to buck on the lunge and tha the knows the difference between the lunge and when I am in the saddle and low and behold he bucks me out of the saddle. Now he reared on the lunge, should I expect him to rear with me in the saddle? I have been reading and I know I need to make lunging interesting for him, but how in the world do you make lunging interesting. There is only ONE spot on my property with a big enough space to get a good circle out of, it's all trees. I don't know what else to do to keep him from getting bored. And I absolutely WILL NOT tolerate a rearer, bucking i'd rather not have, but that's not nearly as bad as rearing. Any advice?