Originally Posted by RunJumpRide
Well, this is embarrassing. He doesn't really understand 'lunging'.... He'd rather stare at me and give me the "you look like an idiot swinging a stick around, you know I'm not moving" face...
His ground manners besides that are pretty good, though. I've done some very basic Clinton Anderson stuff (like the yeilding hindquarters/forequarters and stuff like that)...
In general he's a well-mannered pony undersaddle and at halter. He just has a problem with patience and containing his excitement.
Does that help?
It would be interesting to see how he does lunging, and, it really isn't that hard to teach! Perhaps if he thinks you look like an idiot swinging a stick, you ought to actually HIT him with it! I'm not saying beat him, just enough to make him move forward, no more.
I wouldn't get on a horse that doesn't lunge, not only for safety reasons, but, I want to train transitions, and, to some extent, their gaits, before I ride!
Anway, it is always nice to see how a horse can canter, naturally, so you know what you are up against, or, working towards, when you hop on.