So Hondo has been on a riding/ working break for a couple months. I have been working 6 days/ week n my husband started a night shift n is running out the do r by the time I get home from picking up my son. Well n e way point is I haven't had time or energy to be honest. He is 19 yrs old and well trained. I've had him since march.
So I took him out to lunge him a bit today n he did well. I had him walk both directions then trot then picked up to a canter- though a bit faster than I wanted- for a few circles in both directions. I backed and stopped him for a bit, planning to walk him a bit more and let him cool down- not that he was sweaty or breathing hard but I thought a cool down would be good. But when I motioned to send him out he kept turning to face.me in a way he does when I yield his hind or play "hide the butt". I tapped him on the shoulder with a whip- the long stick with a short rope kind- to try to get him to move out, but he just turned to face me again. So instead of smack him again, I decided to yield and back him hard. Then I asked him to move out in a circle again n he didn't move. So I went back to yielding hind n backing again. Once again I asked him to move out and this time he did so I had him do only two circles at a fast walk. Stopped him and brought him in for the day. He was acting calm and led respectfully back to his enclosure.
So, my question is did I do ok. Is there something else I should have done differently? I don't really have any other issues with Hondo. I think he was just being lazy because he has put on some weight and hasn't been asked to do much in a while.
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