Originally Posted by New_image
Of course a horse isn't going to be "happy" when it has to work. Who would be? They are happy when they are doing nothing but sleeping and eating.
On the contrary. A horse who is NOT in pain. Who is being asked CORRECTLY. With a handler/rider who knows when the question asked has been answered correctly not "EXACTLY" is a happy horse...
I was being sarcastic about them being happy. So your horse doesn't look un-happy when working. Does that mean she's happy? No, she is being respectful and willing to do what you ask. Horses don't feel happy like we do. Your horse detests to lunge. Your horse is very well trained. Your horse respects you. So no you wouldn't need to lunge her. Your horse understands that you are her leader and that's why she is respectful and willing.
I may be mistaken, butI thought the OP's horse is fairly new to her. The horse does not feel that she is the leader of their herd of 2(horse and OP). Getting the horse to move and change directions will get the horses respect.
I do agree that if she is asking for the same thing over and over, the horse will show dislike by pinning the ears. Without being there and watching how she is working her horse, we can't tell if she is asking wrong, not rewarding a correct answer, nagging the horse and so on. These would cause the horse to pin the ears also. All we can do is give advice and she will do what she wants with it.