It's okay, I already had you pegged for a tad obssesive.
Ha Ha, so does everybody I know...and not just about horses. I bet if I went in to a therapist, he would peg me as OCD!!!
Please understand, no one responsible can give you advice now on how to get your horse on the bit 6 - 9 months from now. The advice is entirely contingent on HOW YOUR HORSE IS GOING in 6 - 9 months. Will he be forward or behind your leg? Still inverted? I don't know, and you don't know either! I understand this interferes with your desire to write out a training plan months in advance, but hey, that's the way it is.
I know this. It doesn't help that my co-horse owner and fiance' has requested that if we get the horse, the horse enters a show ring within a year. I am opting for some sort of halter class to meet this part of our "contract" lol. As soon as I switched to neck reining yesterday, he became a completely different horse....and of course I became overly excited and daydreams of sailing easily over jumps on a very in control horse started flowing through my mind.....ha ha....such a fantasy world I am living in!!
You may recall I posted in one of your other threads that you shouldn't start the lunging program without the help of a qualified instructor -- it's way too easy to get wrong, and not push the horse forward enough to get the benefit.
I have lunged with side reins before....with the full instruction of a trainer, and it was um 15 years ago. This post in the previous thread is the main reason I did not immediately rush out and buy equipment to lunge him this way right away even though many here seem to push a little on this...(and with good reason I'm sure), and get those side reins on him and "go for it." This Tuesday I am moving to our local Equestrian Center...with 3 dressage trainers. Until one of them says, "get out your surcingle and side reins and I will show you what I want you to do" they will remain on the hook of my tack locker.
However, let me ask you a brutal question: Who or what is more capable of absolutely, consistently releasing as soon as the horse gives, never holding on for a second longer than necessary from tension, performance anxiety, fear or pure boneheadness? You or me, or the elastic or the donut in the side rein?
When I answer that question truthfully, I lunge in side reins.
Once again, you have given me a different and very beneficial view. I have looked at lunging with side reins as a great way of fixing some training problems, but never quite THIS way. I really makes me anxious to slap on the side reins and go...RIGHT NOW. But I know that is the totally excited, daydreaming, impatient "me" talking and the safe, sane, and sensible me says WAIT TO DO IT RIGHT.
I think I just like to have that plan in mind so I can say "when a and b = c for my horse then I will introduce d and e" Not only is it a plan for the future, but it's also a reminder to wait as well.