What lunging technique do you use?
My horse was never lunged by his previous owners, or our first trainer. My new trainer wants me to lunge him, to build up his respect for me. She had me stand by his ribs, hold the front end of the lunge line with my finger pointing out, and swinging the back end of the lunge line toward his butt to get him moving. I am new to horses, and this is not only challenging my coordination, but my horse seems confused by the swinging rope, and swings his butt away from the rope, and turns to face toward me. He really does not seem to "get" it. He did finally start trotting for the trainer, but I have yet to really have any success and he gets super frustrated and actually ends up kicking out after a while of not being able to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.
A dear friend of mine, who had her own horses for 35 years, and did a lot of training of horses, suggested that he is as frustrated and confused as I am. Instead of being stubborn, as he comes across, she feels he is not getting it. So, she suggested I buy a very long lunge whip, and have the horse be one side of the triangle, the rope one side, and the whip the other side down low behind his legs, with me being the point. Then she suggested that to start out, my hubby hold a rope attached to his halter, or the side of the halter on the side away from me, and walk him around while I say, waaaaaalllllk, very slowly and drawn out, then do it again on the other side, for a total of ten minutes at a time. After a while, she said hubby will be able to let go, and just walk with him, then disappear. She said the waaaaalllk will teach him a valuable command that can be revisited when riding if something spooks him. She said then work up to a sing song, Trot, trot trot....and a very fast CANTER CANTER CANTER. She does not think he is getting that he is supposed to walk in a circle around me. I have to agree, because he has mastered all of the other ground exercises our trainer gave me to do.
My question is, how do YOU train a horse to lunge who has never been taught?