Originally Posted by goingnowhere1
You don't necessarily need a lunge whip to lunge. Most of the slower horses I lunge, need it as "leg", but some only need a voice command.
I like to say that a lunge whip is like riding with spurs, some lazy horses need it but not all.
Using the end of the lunge line and twirling it around or throwing it out and reeling it back in is like a whip, about all the motion most horses need.
Using your arm or voice is usually for horses that don't need much forward motion to get them to go faster.
I'd try to use then end of the lunge line and twirl that around before you decide that you have to use the lunge whip.
Probably should have mentioned he's an 11 yo green broke with a bad work ethic. I've tried the end of the lunge line and my hands, but all he'll do is stop, come towards me, or pivot around me, regardless of how much line twirling and hand flailing I do.