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post #21 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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She was lunged yesterday...Not by me...And not a sign of her ears going back at all! And the person who lunged her did much worse than me...He actually hit her with the whip etc...So what on earth am I doing wrong! Do I have to be mean to her to get her to respect me!
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post #22 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 06:32 AM
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If pain has indeed been ruled out, and the other person lunging her was more aggressive... I think it might be a dominance issue. You need to assert yourself more - she thinks she can get away with being grumpy :)

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post #23 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 10:27 AM
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There you have it, then - she simply doesn't respect you on the ground. Maybe if you are more assertive and dominant when you lunge her, you'll get the "yes ma'am" and not the "grrr, I hate this" from her.

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post #24 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 10:48 AM
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My friends horse used to pin his ears when she wasked him to trot. She found that he had major back problems and he was in pain when he was moving faster then a walk. This was undersaddle but it could be worth a try to have a chiropractor come out and check her out. Or maybe just a vet in general. It could also be that she just doesn't like lunging. Maybe try changing up what you do with her everyday. One day trail ride, one day riding in the ring, one lunging, one a walk around the property, one just relaxing together. Hopefully this helps!
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post #25 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I am getting the chiropractor out this week.
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