thank you, all, for replying. Tinylily- when I was first 'teaching' Sour to lunge about six months ago, I admit that I knew absolutely NOTHING about it. So, when I was lunging her, I would twirl the rope constantly. You're absolutely correct. It's dulled her considerably. When I finally had someone actually teach me to lunge, I had the task of retraining her, and it hasn't been until the last few weeks that I've really gotten her to move out without me consistantly moving the rope. I changed to a lunge whip to just point behind her and so far its working pretty well...but in the video I was still using the wrong method.
we're slowly correcting my mistakes though!
Her neck it's extremely ewed or anything, and the work we've done has already helped a LOT. However, I still find her undermuscled. If you look at her first picture, there is almost no muscle in her upper neck and the muscle where her withers and neck meet are underdeveloped. Her topline isn't horrible, but it's not where I want it to be either. In the second picture its much more correct, as you can plainly see a bit of the developing muscle structure. Ofcourse, she's only three, so as she matures I'm hoping she'll bulk up a little also. She's a bit scrawny at the moment!
As we are in Texas, we have no access to hills or anything. We have a fairly uneven trail that I work her over twice weekly, but that's the best I can do as far as hills. We do have a few poles that I could set up for her, but I wasn't sure how much I should be working her over that sort of thing at barely three. Will trotting them a few times one or twice a week make any difference?`
I'm not familiar wth Vienna reins. Do they use bit contact, or no? And yes, I think it'd be rather hard to find them for a 34 inch horse xD
Also do you guys know how far apart I should place the poles for her? I think for a large horse its like 4-5 feet, but her legs are WAY shorter than a regular sized horse's xD