Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: White Mountains, AZ
Sorry, JDI, he's been bucking, nipping, kicking, and just basically treating me like a little mare.
Anyhow, the lunging went far better than expected. It took a while for Blu to come down. When he got over-excited and tried to run off with me, I stopped him and used T-touch circles on his neck(counter-clockwise massage for relaxation). As soon as he calmed we started again. He learned my commands quickly: Whoa, Trot, Walk On, Step Up, etc.
I started some trot poles after lots of trotting and lunge work. He did excellent during his cirlces as soon as he got his groove! He tripped a little on the trot poles so I just said in a calm voice, "Know where your feet are. Easy. Steady." His ears flickered. It was just like join-up. When he asked me if he could stop, by licking his lips, I let him rest for a minute while I did more T-touch.
He tried to run off with me a few times but I just kept him going and it all worked out nicely. He broke a little sweat. But after a while he kept his head lowered and he was very good. :-D