Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
For the lunging/ following thing: find yourself a round pen. Get you and your horse in it, and go. Although you're not really supposed to, I use a lunge whip while free lunging, its just easier to get them moving when the see a lunge whip then when they see a hand waving at them. I taught my gelding how to follow me by just slapping my thigh in the round pen. When I was done lunging, I'd walk up to him, tell him good job, smack my leg and walk away...eventually he got it.
To teach her to spin: Thats a combination of stopping, backing up, and turning all at the same time, so you would first combine them all at a walk. Walk until you want and then stop and back up a few steps (to teach her to get her back legs under herself) while turning her in the direction you would want to spin. Do this until she has it pretty much down, and the progress to doing it at a trot.
To ground tie: This isn't neccesarily how its done, this is just how I did it. Drop your lead rope onto the ground and wait. When your horse moves, tell her to "stand" or whatever you want the command to be. If she starts actually walking away, back her up more steps than she took (two steps forward, three steps back) then stop her and tell her to "stand" again. If she stands there for even increments of time (five, ten, fifteen minutes, etc, etc) reward her.
Sorry I can't help with the backing up!