Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
So today I lunged Ice today, and although we had a little misunderstanding at the beginning (he wanted to turn without being told, I told him no, his feet got stuck and he bounced around in the right direction, and then cantered off) He was generally very good. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to get back into the habit lunging him before doing anything with him, even grooming, he is just so much better. All I had to do was touch his knees/hocks and up his feet went. There was also a lot of instant licking and chewing, which meant I was good on my timing :)
Anyway, he has a very annoying habit of turning out when I want him to turn right. 100% of the time, he turns butt in to go right. To the left, its 100% face forward. If I want him to stop going left, about 85% of the time he will turn in and ho, but sometimes he just stops dead in place, so I know he knows how to turn to the right. I tried teaching him to turn in to the right using a lunge line to encourage his head, but he would still get himself wrapped up in it like an idiot. Can respect be one sided? He does bend better when lunging to the left, and he's stiffer to the right (If I can get his butt to stop angling towards me, he runs more like a square because he just won't tip his head in.
So what should I do, just wallop him on his butt every time he turns in? I've tried getting after him and making him canter out, but he just doesn't seem to get it, and a lot of times will crow hop (no ears pinned, just genuinely stuck) before completing his turn and taking off.