Last year we built a 50' round pen and I've hardly used it because I'm not exactly sure what to do when I bring the horse in. Pretty much the only thing I've done is free lunge. Even when I lunge, I can't get him to turn in to change direction, he always turns when his but facing me. I don't usually work with a lunge whip because he has shown a lot of fear towards it, but I'm thinking I'm going to work on desensitizing him to it. The first time I tried he reared up so I decided to hold off on using it until he trusts me more.
So does anyone have any advice on how to best use a round pen and how to teach them to change direction the correct way? Or any other things I should teach in the round pen.
Videos would be great also as I've a very visual person and sometimes have trouble understand how to use what I'm reading lol